|One of many flowers at mountaintop botanical gardens|
|Bill strolling in front of the old church at top of a mountain.|
|The Virgin Mary and Jesus are black. Why not.|
Not too far down the road we stopped for a nice creole lunch at a restaurant called the Bamboo. Hassan refused to allow us to pay for a thing all day, as he insisted we were his guests. This attitude likely is a Turkish custom. We felt a little guilty about that as it is customary among cruisers to share expenses on these type outings and we felt a little like we were not pulling our own weight. Lunch was good, but the creole cooking here on Martinique does not remotely resemble creole cooking found in Louisiana. The Louisiana version is much spicier; and, frankly, much more to our tastes. The creole foods here on Martinique are quite bland in our opinions. I find this a little odd because they also cook with Scotch bonnet peppers and these are very hot. Guess we just have not ordered the right foods to taste the spiciness.
|Stream at gardens|
|Our 'guide'. Beautiful girl.|
|Anchorage at St. Pierre. Note the black sand beach.|
|Canon atop the wall of the old French fort appear to aim at|
the cruising sailboats in the anchorage at St. Pierre.
|Our new 3D dinghy and new 10 HP Honda outboard engine.|
Photo taken at Rodney Bay Marina last month.
|Bill, Hassan, Zehrya and Fatma at St. Pierre|
After St.Pierre we drove down the western coast of the island to the main city of Fort du France, where we found a large shopping mall so Hassan and family could shop for a few items. Bill lucked out and found a sportswear store and was able to buy several of those ultra-thin shirts that wick moisture and are so cool. He also found some shorts in this material. He now is all set for the hot weather of summer.
From Fort du France we headed east to return to Le Marin. We stopped at a local roadside produce vendor and purchased a few things just as it was getting dark. For what it is worth, the fruits and vegetables here are about 5 times the cost of similar items in Turkey. And the selection here is very limited and usually poor quality. Recently we started to buy a cantaloupe in a local supermarket. We weighed it and printed out the price label. 11.16 euro for a single cantaloupe!!! That is $12.68 USD for a single normal sized cantaloupe! We put it back in the melon bin; refused to pay that absurd price for a simple cantaloupe. The only bargain on these French islands are the daily baguettes. Everything else is priced high, just like on all the other islands. People planning to cruise down here need to be aware of how expensive things cost. The popular idea promoted on sailing forums that one can cruise on $500 or $1,000 per month is totally unrealistic. Food alone will cost more than $500 per month for only 2 people.