We were smitten at first sight! Our whirlwind visit to Martinique allowed only a brief glimpse into the people and sites of the capital Fort de France.
Of all the islands we have visited this one is very unique. The centuries of French influence merged with the Caribbean vibe and love of life have merged into a cultured, sophisticated mélange of the best of both worlds. Crèperies abounded and the ‘pain au chocolat’ was as good as any we tasted in France.
Fort St Louis dominates the town. It’s thick walls and canyons surrendered and regained many times as the English and French battled for control of the island. Part of the fort is still used as a naval base, with the remainder home to dozens of iguanas. Guided tours run regularly throughout the day and tickets (€8) should be purchased from the Tourism information kiosk located at the northwest corner of the La Savane Park in advance.
Panoramic view from the heights of Fort St. Louis overlooking the bay and that days cruise ship.
Delightful pedestrian only streets, bustle with visitors and residents. The shops sell everything from designer goods, jewelry, mementoes, haberdashery and a bewildering array of food. Its a great place to people watch.
St Louis Cathedral dominates the area, making it a handy landmark. Unfortunately it was closed for maintenance work during our visit.
This distorted reflection of St. Louis Cathedral in its ultra mod neighbor is a popular fun and funky snapshot.
The Schoelcher Library is right across from La Savane Park. Entry to this working library is free and worth a visit if only to see the racks of ancient volumes lining the upper levels and the beautiful atrium.
The Royal Clipper one of a small fleet that cruise the Caribbean was in dry dock for a overhaul. Michael was amazed that they let people in to the dry dock area, not something that would happen in North America. It was fascinating to see first hand the size of the dock that held not only her but another vessel as well.