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February 7, 2012 / Nautical Mom

Fort du France – Martinique Feb 2

Joy of joys, a decent sized city, at last. We spent the day running around getting to know the place and seeing some interesting sights. Parts of the city resemble the developing world (Rio, Sao Paolo), parts are truly Caribbean (brightly painted houses), and some parts reflect French colonization.

This photo is taken during a study break in the Schoelscher Library, which is very ornate. The architecture is Italian renaissance, Spanish, Moroccan with Doric columns and a Hindu or Muslim minaret-type roof.

Anyway, we anchored off town behind a large 17 century fort. There is a lovely promenade with easy access for dinghies thAt runs a half-mile along the shore. The kids found a looping rope swing that was just too fun! All the sailing guide books described this as uninviting, uncomfortably rolly, crowded and polluted anchorage, but we are finding it to be none-of-the-above. We enjoy the short dinghy ride ashore, the easy access to town and the handful of interesting historical sights surrounded by dollar stores with 50% off signs everywhere.

There is also a great natural history museum. We had an individualized tour and got a thorough explanation of the island’s evolution and it’s native people. Maybe the kids will write a report or something to reinforce their learning. They have been doing some homework and studying.

 

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Gigi in Fort Du France Schoelscher Library.

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The fort and anchorage.

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Jason studies on the boat.

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Mom sailing past Diamond Rock with a big heel on our way from Fort du France to Sainte Anne near Marin on the south coast.

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  1. Barbara Haugen and Dan Hodes / Feb 7 2012 10:47 pm

    Good to hear a report on where you are and how things are going. All sounds good and Gigi and Jason must be having a great time. We think about you often and hope that when you are ready to head North you will consider a stop at Ponte Vedra Beach — lots of marinas on the intracoastal down here. We are also very close to St. Augustine. Love to all. And when we see you, we will celebrate everyone’s birthdays. Love, Papa Hodes and Nana Barbara

  2. Marion Gropen / Feb 8 2012 4:28 pm

    Sounds lovely, wish we were there!

    But I don’t see the photo. And now I’m curious.

  3. Liza D. / Mar 13 2012 9:15 pm

    Bear,

    Did you visit Pavlik? I think that’s where he is…

    xox

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