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Guadeloupe

POINTE-A-PITRE, GUADELOUPE

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The beautiful full moon was still visible at sunrise on the day of our 43rd wedding anniversary.

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Sailing into Pointe-A-Pitre, the capital of Guadeloupe

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We took a taxi (not cheap on this island!) to the town of St. Anne, a destination recommended to us by the French-speaking, very little English-speaking tourism guide. Dropped off in this alley we joined many French-speaking families as we all headed to the beach.

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Lots of wind and windsurfers and an iron gate to pass through - turns out we would be sharing the beach with Club Med Caravale.

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A dark sky looked ominous, but we enjoyed three wonderful hours snorkeling and people watching.

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How crazy awesome is that?!

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What a fabulous anniversary day!

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We are so blessed.

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While we waited for our taxi (that's another story!) this little guy caught our eye. He has "high hopes".

Posted by Swenigale 11:16 Archived in Guadeloupe

POINTE-A-PITRE, GUADELOUPE


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Welcome back to Guadeloupe! Today we escorted a panoramic tour. Guadeloupe is actually 5 islands, but the two larger islands, separated by a narrow sea water channel, are the most populated.

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Our guide is pointing on the map to our location. The two main islands are frequently referred to as forming a butterfly shape. During the 4 ½ hour tour we traveled into the rainforest in the western island, Basse-Terre, and then to several sites on the eastern island, Grand-Terre.

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Sugar cane grows uncultivated here since 2005, when the government stopped the export of sugar since it had become unprofitable. Tourism is now the main industry.

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A walk into the rainforest took us to Crayfish Waterfall

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A house of the living –

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-A house of the dead. This cemetery is in the city of Morne-a-l’-Eau. The black color of morning for Europeans and the white color of mourning for Africans are combined, symbolic of the island history.

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- What can I say – it’s a French island!

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We made a brief stop at this restaurant on our way to the southeastern most point of land.

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This is Castle Pointe, with a wild surf and amazing rock formations.

Posted by Swenigale 14:06 Archived in Guadeloupe

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