Our friends had a few "wish list" items that we hoped to fulfil throughout their vacation. The list was clear water, experience a jungle and to catch a fish.
|our friends from Summerland, BC (left to right: Shaun, me, Robert, Brandy)|
|Bob, Brandy and Jordan|
|Jordan and Gavin in the sail bag|
|learning to weave a basket|
mid way through
finishing the bottom
|the finished product with her teacher|
Grande Anse has great snorkelling around the boat as well as in a roped off reef. Many turtles live in the bay. They like to settle at the bottom under boats. Gavin and Jordan were snorkelling off the bow and found some sea stars. After we snapped a photo they put them back. In the afternoon we all pilled into the dingy and headed over to the reef. The variety of sea life is incredible. We saw trumpet fish, moray eel, damselfish, parrot fish, blue tangs, trigger fish, trunk fish and many more.
|Bob sitting at the bow experiencing the swell as we crossed to Martinique|
|Brandy and Gavin sitting at the port helm seat|
|Hawk moth caterpillar near Anse d'Artlet|
|large conch shell in the middle of the round about on our way to Anne d'Artlet|
|a cow along the way|
We stopped at a small museum (one room) to look at pictures and artefacts from before the eruption as well as after. One of the first items we saw was a huge church bell that had been crushed during the eruption.
As we walked around the town we were rewarded with picturesque ruins with vines growing around them with Mount Peleé ever present in the background.
At first glance St. Pierre was not my favourite stop. Many shops were closed or abandoned. It had a feel of poverty. After some reflection I am reminded of the beauty and history.
|view of Element from up on top of the hill|
|view of the main road|
|always a great shot while sitting on a cannon|
|Gavin, Jordan and Paige in the theatre|
|Mount Peleé in the backdrop|
|a cool old fountain|
|Mount Peleé from the theatre|
|a view up the steps to the fountain and just beyond the vine covered ruins|
|stone buildings make for great photos|
|the "rue de la prison"|
|I love the colours in this photo|
It was late in the day before we finally made it to Les Saints. We learned quickly that the mooring balls are highly sought after and are tricky to acquire. For that evening we had to anchor outside the mooring ball field. It was not our favourite spot but allowed us to have dinner and rest. The following day we weighed anchor to try and scoop a ball close to town. We weren't able to find an open ball so we headed back up to a small bay around a point. This proved to be an excellent decision because the snorkelling was the best we have seen to date. The parrot fish are huge and in large schools. As we don't have an underwater camera there are no photos. The area was teaming with sea life.
Terre de Haut is a quaint town with beach bars, tourist shops, boulangeries, and cafés. We were in need of dinghy fuel so we decided to rent a car. Shaun made two trips to the town. Each increasingly wetter and longer. Our dinghy wasn't running at full speed, one of the many to do list repairs. Most vehicles on the island are electric and so our rental "car" was a glorified golf cart. Also, there is only 1 fuel dock and it is only accessible by water or by foot. Always an adventure. We split the cost of the "car" rental with Bob and Brandy. While they had the car they took the opportunity to visit Fort Napoléon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Napoléon_des_Saintes). They really enjoyed it. Our family caught up on internet and explored the small town. When they returned Shaun took us to this awesome bar called Lō Blue Hotel (http://www.lobleuhotel.com/en). It proved to be a charming place to be with a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. Had we had more time we would have explored more. However, we really wanted to take our friends to Dominica (this will be in my next post).
|a close up of an iguana in a tree|
|Jordan took this picture of an iguana on the beach|