Today, February 6th is what would have been Bob Marley’s 72nd birthday.  I just so happen to love Bob Marley – his song Three Little Birds is my all time favorite song.  This song has the power to make everything right in my world.  Bob Marley’s music just has a way of doing this.  Even my car is named Bob Marley, because when I’m in it…we’re always jamming.  In Jamaica, we were able to visit Nine Mile, perched high in the lush, rolling hills.  Seeing where he once lived was truly like something out of a dream.

Initially, we didn’t even know about this place and the opportunity to visit it – I happened to run across it in one of my favorite travel books.  We scoured the internet and found a tour that stopped at Dunn’s River Falls and continued on to Nine Mile.  The description made the drive to Nine Mile sound rather treacherous, and perhaps during certain times of the year it is.  The road is narrow, winding, and full of potholes, but we had no issues on our journey.

The sun poking through the clouds high in the hills of Jamaica.

As we worked our way toward the clouds, it started to rain, allowing the air around us to fill with one of my favorite fresh scents.  After some time, we arrived in Nine Mile and were immediately taken onto the grounds of this amazing place.  Because of the weather, there were only 6 people there.  It was great to nearly have the whole place to ourselves.

The view from Bob Marley’s home.

Seeing Bob Marley’s simple home was both very humbling and very magical.  I loved learning how he incorporated his simple life into the lyrics of his most famous songs.  Think “single bed” (heard in Is This Love) and “my feet is my only carriage” (heard in No Woman No Cry)… these simple phrases he mentions in his songs really encapsulate his simple life.

Bob Marley’s bedroom.

We were able to see the mausoleum where he and his mother were laid to rest.  As this is a sacred place, you must remove your shoes and pictures are not to be taken allowed inside, but trust me – it is a very special place.

The mausoleum and Mt. Zion

The rest of the grounds are equally as special and show the love people feel for this man who not only changed the face of music, but taught people to love one another… Something we all need to remember… Happy birthday Bob.  One Love.

Bob Marley fan?  Have you been to Nine Mile?  Tell us what you thought of it in the comments below!

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  1. Judy & Dave, we visited 9 mile in the late 90’s, you explain it as it was then, except we we’re greeted at the door with a giant spliff. We got married on Bob’s birthday in 2002. We love Bob, Jamaica, the Jamaicans, the 7 miles beach, the sea, every little ting. Respect to you All!

    1. I was surprised that there weren’t too many of those being passed around when we visited! Maybe it was that there were only 6 of us?! Isn’t Jamaica a great place though? We just love it there!

  2. Ah, between you and Angie, I’m aching to return to Jamaica again (and we just left)! What a magical place. We didn’t get to see Bob Marley’s house while on our trip, as it was the opposite direction of the places we went, so we’ll have to check it out when we go back. <3 Thanks for sharing, and beautiful photos as always!

  3. I think it’s fabulous that you and I love Bob so much we both wrote a post to commemorate his birthday! I loved reading this and I can feel through your words how much Bob and his music means to you. You took me back there again and the photos are just great! When we return to Jamaica we will let you know and maybe we can meet up there 😀 #feetdotravel

    1. It always works well when there is a date I can blog about! I’m so glad we both shared this great experience!!! One day we can chat about our visits there!

  4. I’m a big Bob Marley fan. Duppy Conqueror is one of my favourites songs; the album ‘Survival’ is one of my favourite albums. I have been to Barbados before but have yet to make it to Jamaica. One day I shall get there and pay homage at Nine Mile. It looks such a beautiful and unique location with the hilly vistas. Great post.

  5. Love the fact you named your car “Bob Marley”. I haven’t been to Jamaica but I would love to visit Bob’s house and learn more about his music.Thank you for sharing.

  6. A great experience and wonderful gesture to dedicate the post to Bob Marley. Jamaica looks beautiful and full of things to do – no wonder there are so many posts about it now! Great photos!

  7. I think Bob Marley touched all of us in some way and you are obviously a fan so it must have been very cool to visit where he lived. I learnt of his birthday through Angie @ Feet Do Travel so played his music all day on the 6th. I’d forgotten how cool it is.

    1. It was really cool! I will always remember our visit to this special place. I played his music all day too, but you can often find his voice coming through my speakers!

  8. We love Bob Marley’s music and would enjoy visiting here. So agree with the sentiment One Love. Thanks for sharing. #feetdotravel

  9. Have to do this trek one day to Bob’s place, looks like fun. Jamaica is an interesting island with lots of things to do and see. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Almost sounds like a pilgrimage for fans of his. It’s nice to see how they honour such an important music/cultural figure.

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