A fisherman’s village

Somewhere on the North-western coast of Martinique there is a tiny fisherman’s village. We went for a day trip with a rented car and stopped her, because it was too cute not to.

Martinique is an island of the Lesser Antilles with typical caribbean cuisine (so very good) that includes some French variations, like crepes and brasseries.

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It exports bananas, pineapple and rum. And is quite windy, most of the time.

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Martinique’s population descends from sugar plantation slaves, but now the people living on the island have a higher standard of life than most other Caribbean isles.

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It also has a huge dormant volcano, Mt Pelée, that watches over the whole island from the northern-most tip. It hasn’t erupted since 1902 and is long overdue.

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Its unofficial, historical flag, depicting a white rearing snake on a blue background, has no legal status on the island. The snake should be in the shape of an “L” (for Lucia), and dates back to 1766, when the island was colonised by the French.

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Martinique is technically French, being an overseas department of this European country. Hence, no visa is needed and the euro is accepted.

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It was once called Jouanacaëra, “Iguana island” in creole. We went to see the iguanas (see this post), that are very rare and surprisingly beautiful!

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The best thing you can do in Martinique is rent a car and drive far, far away from your hotel. You’ll see the real Martinique that way.

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About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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