2nd post on the great time we spent on Martinique – Anse d’Arlets to St Pierre.
We were very excited to head north to Martinique’s capital city, Fort-de-France (FDF), to collect my sister who was flying in from Australia. It was a quick motor-sail up to Anse Mitan for two nights which is located across the bay from FDF. It was fun to catch up with Serenade, Slow Waltz and Night Watch for dinner and a stroll through the Creole Village.
Over at FDF we had a day of boat provisioning and getting ready for our special guest! We couldn’t exactly remember what day Annie was arriving so it was lucky we arrived with a few days up our sleeve; she flew in on the Wednesday and we thought it was going to be the Friday! Bonus, we can set sail earlier, but only after a day showing her around town 🙂
Back to Anse d’Arlets for some snorkelling and to practise using our new underwater camera!
And a gentle walk around to Grande Anse d’Arlets…
We then sailed north to St Pierre, a town in the shadow of the volcano, Mt Pelee. It was here, in 1902, when 30,000 residents were killed by the volcano and the town, known as the Paris of the Caribbean, was destroyed. 12 ships in the harbour were sunk and the town today has many reminders of the disaster.
The town had some great architecture and many buildings were adorned with pictures of women.
It was fitting that on the last night on the island of Martinique, we had another fabulous meal; the best rotisseried chicken we had ever eaten. C’est magnifique!
And so, the next morning we set sail for our next stop, Dominica.
From Annie, Mal and me, if we don’t manage to post another blog before Christmas Day, have a great day wherever you are.
A bientot, Sue xx