Go ahead, tempt the Bermuda Triangle. Although tourists do occasionally go missing around Royal Naval Dockyard, they always reappear — often laden with shopping bags. Inspect the forts built over four centuries, see artefacts from the shipwreck that founded the colony, or climb the cast-iron lighthouse that still blazes a trail. Listen for blithe spirits in countless old houses, courts and churches. Commune with Mother Nature on walking tours, in Victorian gardens or along decommis- sioned railway trails. Count the birds that fill the skies. Peer below the surface at aquariums, on boat tours, or explore the sea bottom while breathing in a helmet. Go underground for a stroll amongst the stalagmites in the caves. Nothing beats a personal walking or bus tour by your own guide who knows the sto- ries and how to tell them. Walks and talks covering any angle of Bermuda are tailored to families, groups and individuals with par- ticular interests. What could be easier than a professionally scheduled family day to make sure everybody has a good time? Ask about Tim Rogers of Bermuda Lectures & Tours, or Judith Simmons of Unique Vacations (331- 8687, www.uniquevacations.bm), two well- experienced guides on the islands. An easy, relaxing way to see the sights is aboard a sunset cruise, favourite libation in hand, as the scenery floats by. Peek into the lavish estates of the rich and famous, charming colonial homes in pastel colours, even the clas- sic landmarks, but from a new vantage point. Or see the sights down under — coral gar- dens, colourful fish and shipwrecks — without even getting wet. Glass-bottom boat tours are as leisurely as they are fun. Cruises come with plenty of anecdotes about island personalities. Old Haunts Everybody knows the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, where ships and planes vanish without a trace. The northern tip of Bermuda’s namesake enigma points to Clocktower Mall in Royal Naval Dockyard, but as far as we know, no hapless sightse- ers have ever been sucked in. The other two points are Miami and San Juan. According to the National Geographic Society, the first documented encounter with the Bermuda Triangle was by Christopher Columbus, who witnessed mysterious lights and suffered compass malfunctions on his first voy- age through it. The name entered the modern lexicon after a 1964 Argosy article. The most infamous case was the 1945 dis- appearance of five bombers on a mission from Ft. Lauderdale, plus the search plane sent after it. In all, 27 men disappeared that day. Some connect the Bermuda Triangle to the disappear- ance of the USS Cyclops dating back to 1918, one of the great naval mysteries of all time. Numerous theories have been proposed and discarded, including an electromagnetically induced fog that wreaks havoc on passing ships and planes. As a matter of mundane fact, the Bermuda Triangle regularly experiences interesting weather, including thunderstorms, waterspouts, hurricanes and such, which can rise quickly and dispatch a ship or plane. The Gulf Stream, which runs through the Triangle, can quickly clear any evidence. Modern satellite surveil- lance, inexistent when the triangle was first hypothesised, has shown that rogue waves reaching 80 feet or higher occur with relative frequency. These waves can take down even a large ship. devil’s Hole was Bermuda’s first bona fide tourist attraction. As the water rises and falls, eerie noises that emanate from the sinkhole near Harrington Sound spooked 19th-century tourists, who went away imagining they had heard the moans of Satan. Experience Bermuda 2010 | 11 5 Commune with Mother Nature on walking tours, in Victorian gardens or along decommissioned railway trails. Count the birds that fill the skies.