Returning for a third time and Grenada’s still a charm

By Steven Cole
This article appears on page 20 of the November 2016 issue.
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Like most travelholics, my wife, Sharon, and I are always looking forward to visiting the next place we’ve never been. And, yet, for various reasons, some places have a special attraction, begging for a repeat visit. For us, one such special place is Grenada (pronounced “Gre-nay-da,” not “Gre-nah-da”), where we were married in March of 1999.

We returned for a second honeymoon in March 2004, and in March 2016 we returned once more. As we’d already seen most of the sights, we planned to do very little beyond relaxing, but the trip proved to be full of new experiences.

A few surprises

We rented a house through, and its owner, an artist, picked us up at the airport.

We’d imagined a Grenadian artist struggling to sell a few paintings to tourists, so we were surprised to meet Maria McClafferty and learn that she was a famous British artist working in several media, including fused and stained glass.

Her works are installed in the Egyptian Hall at Harrods in London as well as in London’s Alexandra Palace entertainment venue, in China’s Changchun World Sculpture Park, in malls, banks and hotels and in the homes of celebrities and wealthy collectors worldwide. 

Despite her fame, Maria was down to earth. She personally staffs kiosks at Grenada’s cruise ship terminal and the international airport, where she sells her unusual fused-glass jewelry.

We prefer self-catered accommodations and lots of room, and Maria’s house proved to be just as unique as our lively outgoing hostess.

The house, which Maria named High Heaven, is at the end of a steep, bumpy road near the top of a mountain on the north side of Grenada’s capital of St. George’s. The view was stunning, and we arrived just in time to see the sunset from the west-facing deck.

The house and 4-acre grounds are full of Maria’s works: fused-glass “paintings” and bowls and other glass objects, metalwork, including floor lamps, and conventional paintings and outdoor sculptures. 

Maria’s studio and flat are on the ground floor of the house, and the floor above, where we stayed, consists of two bedrooms, two baths, a huge living room (open on the side facing the sea), a kitchen and a small office.

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