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Martinique loomed into view in the early morning and we cruised most of the way down her length. We were headed for the bay in front of the capital Fort de France. We slipped into anchor under the watchful eye of the impressive Fort Saint Louis. It is a little in disrepair, but is still a military base in contrast to a lot of forts across the Caribbean and so we weren't able to do more than admire it from a distance.
The capital city itself was ...
... the meals while I lazily watched or read my book, no internet in the apartment to distract me so my work computer remained off for the entirety of the weekend away. We packed a picnic lunch and drove out to the east coast that first day to rent a 2-person kayak and paddle out to one of the small islands off the coast, stopping first at an island with the ruins of a sugar refinery that had been built out of rocks and coral. Heading back out into the waters we intended to hunt for a ...
... agricole, a white rum made from sugar cane juice rather than molasses, it is apparently very potent, go steady on the rum punch!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fort de France is typical of many of the islands with its busy open air markets and maze of streets jammed with traffic, a shoppers paradise when the shops are open combining top Paris fashions with local crafts and ...
... speak very limited French... So there was a lot lost in translation over the weekend! Was good fun practicing our French though and actually being understood occasionally. Anyway, he dropped us off in schoelcher, where we realised we had no idea where we were meant to be going. Attempting to ask around the street with our limited French until we found a man who pointed up a hill and said 4-5km walk... So we started up the hill. About 10 minutes later the same man honks at us and tells ...
... Eric sups his beer a local lad whizzes past on his catamaran and promptly capsizes it in front of us as a gust of wind blows through! Picture catamaran continues to float out to see whilst young lad tries to swim a shore. - off go Eric and Dougle to the rescue, time to practise his French! A brief walk around in the morning - lots of local sports facilities and lovely promenade but bad news for restaurant and ...
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