Sat 2 Jul 2011
If you have ever driven along South Church street in South Sound, you probably have noticed this oddity! I certainly have but never really wondered what it was until now (I am also wondering why I had not stopped before … I’m usually curious about quirks like these ; anyway!)
So here it is below!. The story of this tree runs something along these lines.
After Hurricane Ivan in 2004, a couple noticed that on some remote beaches, there was trash. Often, that trash was shoes/flipflops/etc. So they collected a few hundred at various locations (remember, Ivan was a nasty storm, so lots of debris went out to sea and is coming back to shore) and then one night, to make a statement, nailed them to a large dead tree on South Church street, where many motorists pass every day. Since then, people have been adding shoes and it has become a bit of a tourist photo op.
There is even a Facebook site for this tree. Also, there was an article about the tree (and how I got the story I explained above) at the following link if you are curious.
http://www.uncommoncaribbean.com/2011/04/05/uncommon-attraction-the-dirty-story-behind-the-cayman-shoe-tree/ or just search for “cayman shoe tree” on Facebook.
So after checking out the tree and working up an appetite, I headed to one of my favorite restaurants : Chicken-Chicken. I am often asked by readers for good places to eat, so here is one. Its close to 7-Mile beach and town, quick service and reasonable prices. +-10$CI for a full meal and drink. (I always have the bottled root beer or cream soda ; so good!) Below is the spot. +-1:30opm on a Saturday and there were quite a few clients inside. For Canadian folk, this place compares to Swiss Chalet (or Chalet Suisse for the Quebecois).
Preparing the chicken right in front of you.
The product with corn bread ; very yummy! A good friend of mine, with whom I have been to this restaurant many times (you know who you are!), his wife once told me that if he could chose whichever restaurant in the world to go to on his birthday, he would still go to Chicken-Chicken!