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Fort de France Martinique in Pictures

So French

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. 

Caribbean Vista

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.

Fort de France Panorama

Panoramic view from the heights of Fort St. Louis overlooking the bay and that days cruise ship.

Fort de France Street

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.

Caribbean Church

St Louis Cathedral dominates the area, making it a handy landmark. Unfortunately it was closed for maintenance work during our visit.

Reflections of St. Louis Cathedral

This distorted reflection of St. Louis Cathedral in its ultra mod neighbor is a popular fun and funky snapshot.

Schoelcher Library

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.

Star Clipper in Dry Dock

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.

About the author: Michael was born under a wanderin’ star. He is an Engineer who became an explorer, a photography bug, and hack traveller writer with the propensity to be snarky. “Retired” in 2012 at the age of 44, he and his wife Yvonne travel and house sit around the globe on a full time basis. Michael’s goal is to share the process of escaping the rat race, exploring the globe, and some of the experiences along the way.

2 comments… add one
  • Wanda March

    Wow…this is just amazing. Since I know time and space with never allow me to travel the places you and Michael are going, I feel like I get to see it through your eyes and camera . Thanks! And keep on traveling!
    How do I share your Facebook with others?
    Much love,

    • mbauche

      Wanda – Good to hear from you!

      We plan to keep travelling and taking photos.

      The best way to Share on Facebook (other than sending personal emails to everyone you know) would be to got to Your Escape Blueprint on Facebook. In the corner of the cover photo there are 3 horizontal dots. Click on the dots and a menu appears. You can then Share our page on your timeline.

      Take Care

      Michael & Yvonne

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