|Roseau from the sea|
|Street in St. Pierre|
|Still showing Flat Stanley the sights for|
the Monteith First Graders!
|The waterfront in St. Pierre|
We chose to anchor at St. Pierre rather than at Fort de France. We prefer visiting the small villages rather than going into large ports. Large ports are like train stations: they are never in the best part of town and they are busy and industrial. In the villages, we can meet people, see how they live and experience their culture.
|Fresh vegetables at last!|
This was our first chance to shop at the local open air market. It was great to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. When I was purchasing some cucumbers, I asked the lady who only spoke French (and I do not), how much for the cucumbers. She used her fingers with her words to indicate 1 Euro per kilogram. Okay. I am not sure how many that will buy so I loaded three onto her scale. She then threw what looked like a one pound bag of dried beans on the other side of the scale and said to me: more! So I kept adding cucumbers until she smiled and removed the bean bag. I got more cucumbers than I thought possible for 1 Euro!
|A view in the theater that was lost to the volcano.|
|We always visit the local churches.|
|Contemporary stained glass window tell the story of|
the resurrection of St. Pierre after the eruption of Mt. Pelee
Until the eruption, St. Pierre had a population of 30,000 and was a booming city, known as Little Paris. The farm land around the town was rich and fruitful. Today, it is plush and green due to the numerous daily showers and the sunshine. The town only has a population of 5,000 as the capital was moved down to the southern end of the island away from the volcano to Fort de France. Now St. Pierre is a quiet village.
We enjoyed getting warm bread and pastries at the bakery. And we had a wonderful dinner at La Tamaya, a well-known restaurant. Hopefully it will retain its reputation with the new owners who just opened on January 1st. Based on our meals, they will be successful. I can still savor the flavors of my veal chop Normandy-style!
|Relaxing with a cold one while I fight with the Internet!|
That was the good news. The bad news was NO INTERNET AGAIN. Just as I was frustrated when I had my cell phone bundled with the home and office land lines and Internet service, I realize when you can't make it work, you can't work! I had the experience of a check getting lost in the mail so they cut off my service,. resulting in no way to communicate at all. That was the end of "bundling" for me! Do keep in mind that as we all become more dependent on the Internet for everything, it can go away in a nano-second. And then you have no access to anything. So as we continue our journey west into the Pacific islands, you will not hear from us often as Internet will be very limited or non-existent.