A walking tour of Port of Spain

Park Street complete with street vendor’s mobile unit

Here is part two and the follow-up to my last post dedicated to a few sites around Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. This is my attempt to highlight a bit more than beaches and carnival and to help you experience the city like a local. My last post alluded to the rich history of this city. Today you will be treated to some of the architecture and street vibe. The next and last installment will take you “behind the scenes” to get a sense of money matters in this booming island. Enjoy!

The men gather for a game of chess and “ole talk” beneath the trees. On the other side of the Park lies “The University of Woodford Square” – a popular shady spot where persons from all walks of life gather to debate politics, economics, current local & international affairs and culture. Discussions can range from gentlemanly altruism to very lively and quite “rowdy”, but you’ll definitely learn a thing or two. It is an old tradition not to be missed if you’re ever visiting.
One of the many local restaurants and bars to be found along Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook
The Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral on Hart Street was completed in 1823. Design inspired in the general spirit of Gothic Revival.
The beautiful Port of Spain Magistrate’s Court on St. Vincent Street
Gothic inspired Holy Rosary Cathedral at the corner of Park & Edward Streets
National Library and Information Service (NALIS) in the background. The Library also holds an impressive collection of West Indian books
The “Old” Police Headquarters on St. Vincent Street. The building was commissioned in 1876, gutted by fire in 1882, restored in 1884. It was again gutted by fire in the 1990 coup attempt but has since been restored. Once held the barracks of the old West India Regiment brought from Martinique in 1802. Originally built of limestone quarried from Picadilly Street and in the style of Italian Gothic. Currently houses the Museum of the Police Service of Trinidad & Tobago as well as the CID Department.
The very imposing “Hall of Justice” located in the heart of Port of Spain

To Be Continued… Upcoming: “Behind the Scenes, Money Matters in Trinbago”. Stay tuned!

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3 thoughts on “A walking tour of Port of Spain”

  1. It’s been a great pleasure seeing the sights of Port of Spain. When I used to travel to other countries, I always like to walk around… that seemed the best way to get to know people and understand a bit of what was going on. Sometimes the back alleys too… And I love the sea side, which I imagine you have a lot of, being an island. The fishermen are usually very colorful and lovely people.

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