Saturday, 27 June 2009

Chic Fort de France, capital of Martinique

The beautiful green hills of Martinique in a blue haze of late afternoon sun with a touch of rain clouds. Our view as we travel south down the leeward side of the island to Le Marin.

Fort de France is a city of about 150,000 people, all crammed together on the sides of the surrounding hills. From the water, Fort de France reminded us of Sydney.

Window shopping in Fort de France is a lot of fun. If you want to see young and not-so-young fashionably to classically dressed women outside of Paris, head to Martinique, or even Basse Terre in Guadeloupe. We've never seen so many fashion accessory stores as in the 2 cities.

Gold has to be bold! Earrings in the shape of pineapples, conch shells, etc.

The stained glass and massive organ at the Cathedrale Saint Louis are worth seeing. The church is close to the ferry dock in the city of Fort de France.

Bibliotheque Schoelcher must be one of the most beautiful library buildings in the world.

Facade, above the entrance to the library.

Inside, the ceiling draws your eye to the glass dome at the top.

Daisie Rock.
Actually, it's Diamond Rock on the south west coast. As we approached from the north it did indeed look like a diamond. As we passed between the rock and the mainland, we saw a profile of Daisie including her big floppy ears, big brown eyes and button nose.

Light Waves.
I had some fun playing with all the different coloured lights of the small village of Sainte-Anne. At the southern end of Martinique it is a perfect staging point for an early morning departure. We left at 1:30am and arrived in Bequia (pron. Beck-way) about 18 hours later.

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