Guadalupe, French Antilles

Guadeloupe: a Delicious Caribbean, in a Counter Butterfly-Effect

Makeshift showcase of tropical wicker hats.
Friends play rackets on a beach on the west coast of Guadeloupe
Ti punch
Showcase of Rum Planteur, the traditional fruit rum of the French Antilles.
Tropical Ferns
Tropical vegetation in the high interior of Guadeloupe.
La Cabane Creole
Nativo passes in front of a bar by the beach at Grande Anse, in Trois Rivieres.
Guadeloupe fruit
Tropical fruit stand at Basse Terre market.
street scene
Resident of Basse-Terre passes by the main market of the city.
River & Mangrove
Mangrove forest crossed by a river in Guadeloupe.
bathing tour
Family walks along a beach on the west coast of Basse Terre.
fredy punch
Vendor promotes rum planteur (handcrafted and fruit flavored) on a beach on the west coast of Guadeloupe.
Eddie Murphy from Guadeloupe
Jordan Etienne, a vegetable hat seller, at a stand in Pointe du Chateaux
between dummies
Boy "metro" (originating in mainland France) leaves a clothing store in Le Moule.
Carbet River
Visitors watch a river on its way to the Du Carbet waterfalls.
Carbet kicks
Two long jumps from the Du Carbet waterfalls at the foot of the La Soufriere volcano
Cycling and cockfighting
A cyclist and cockfighting participant is simultaneously involved in both sports.
The Saints
Les Saintes Archipelago, off the southern tip of Guadeloupe.
Céline and Amandine
Céline Felix and Amandine Tros, proud teenagers from Basse Terre.
The shadow
A man waits out of the sun under an illustrated viaduct on the outskirts of Pointe-a-Pitre.
Guadeloupe is shaped like a moth. A trip around this Antille is enough to understand why the population is governed by the motto Pas Ni Problem and raises the minimum of waves, despite the many setbacks.

An early morning awakening saves us from the worst of the traffic caused by the influx of workers into the capital Pointe-à-Pitre.

It allows us to cross the Riviere Salée faster than we expected and to the other wing of the island, which the settlers christened Basse Terre.

We are in one of the most remote territories in the European Union.

The massive injection of Euros by the French metropolis has endowed these domains of the Lesser Antilles with roads and other infrastructure that most Caribbean neighbors dare not dream of.

Street Scene, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Butterfly Effect, French Antilles

A resident of Basse-Terre passes by the main market of this butterfly island town

On both sides of the road, banana groves as far as the eye can see fill the landscape from the coast to the foothills of the mountains that protrude from the interior. That sea of ​​green ensures Guadeloupe's main export and the livelihood of many families.

We advanced to the south. We also come across the rival sugarcane culture, once the only one to deserve the attention and dedication of the colonists who lined their vast domains with it and supplied the rum distilleries.

The villages of Goyave and Sainte-Marie are left behind. Shortly afterwards, we found a Hindu temple as exuberant as it was out of place in these western parts and that only a whim of history could justify.

Little India on the Butterfly Island of Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is home to one of the largest Indian populations in Latin America.

Around 1850, as a result of the French Revolution and the dissemination of their ideals, the colonists, sometimes French, sometimes British, on the island could no longer rely on slave labor to cut the sugarcane.

The two powers decided to unite in the solution. They imported some 40.000 workers from the Tamil Nadu region, where Pondicherry served as a bridgehead for an eventual Francophone expansion in the subcontinent.

A few years later, this recruitment ended. The Indians stayed and integrated. Today, there are about 55.000. They stopped using the Tamil dialect and names. Only a few elderly people maintain ties with the India.

Towards the Lush Chutes du Carbet

In Capesterre-Belle-Eau, there is finally a detour to what we had defined as the first stop of the morning, the Chutes du Carbet. It was neither more nor less than the waterfalls most impressive in Guadeloupe, divided by three distinct jumps on the slopes of the great mountain of the butterfly island, La Soufrière.

As we move away from the seaside, the secondary road becomes steep. It penetrates into a dense, humid forest that the morning fog strokes and irrigates.

For a while, we are the only travelers to travel the winding road. Until a small Peugeot driven by a lady who is peeking over the steering wheel comes out of nowhere and presses us to speed up the mountain.

Tropical Vegetation, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Butterfly Effect, French Antilles

Tropical vegetation in the high interior of Guadeloupe.

We have a feeling that a park employee had overslept. We hit the narrow, steep path to the pursuer, like a forced escort.

A grass roundabout announces the end of the race. The native runs to chop the point. She then returns relieved and smiling to let us know that we had arrived before opening time. And that, as a prize, it exempted us from paying the entrance fees.

We gladly accept. In the always expensive French Antilles, any savings are welcome.

Carbet River, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Butterfly Effect, French Antilles

Visitors watch a river on its way to the Du Carbet waterfalls, on the heights of the butterfly island

In less than 15 minutes, we reach a balcony conquered by the vegetation and the Carbet river. We lean over the barrier but almost only see a tropical tree with dense foliage.

Perhaps surrendered to legitimate environmental concerns, the authorities had forgotten to uncover the park's attractions. Determined to achieve a clear perspective, we are forced to invade the rocky bed of the river.

And it is on one of its biggest pebbles that we can unveil the majestic waterfall.

Chutes du Carbet, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Butterfly Effect, French Antilles

Two long jumps from the Du Carbet waterfalls at the foot of the La Soufriere volcano

Cycling, Cockfights: Pastimes on the butterfly island of Guadeloupe

We return to the coast along the same route. At that time, the awakening of most of the surrounding villagers was confirmed. One of them prepares to ride a colorful bicycle. we see you at the entrance from your home single storey planted by the roadside.

We get excited about the strange sporty photogeny, which is only reinforced when the cyclist picks up and strokes a white fighting rooster.

Cycling and Cock Fighting, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Butterfly Effect, French Antilles

A cyclist and cockfighting participant is simultaneously involved in both sports.

“Around here, cycling is the favorite sport”, informs us Daril. “I was just going to meet some friends. We do 150 km a day to prepare for the most important races in Guadeloupe and the Martinique. But also we bet on cockfights.

If you want to see it, I'll be in Petit Bourg soon with this one and others. Show up there!"

We stopped our tour at the southern tip of the butterfly-shaped island, to examine some beaches of black sand and the diffuse silhouette of the Les Saintes archipelago.

The Mercantile and Political Frenzy of the Delicious Basse-Terre Market

We return to Basse Terre, the main village on the homonymous sub-island. There, we walk by the market location, between the tropical fruit and craft stalls.

Fruit, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Butterfly Effect, French Antilles

Tropical fruit stand at Basse Terre market.

Some of the jaunty vendors try to foist their wares on us. Others prefer to take refuge from the psychological threat of our chambers. At first, this is the case for Marie-Louie Jelda and Legois Polycarpe. With due insistence and conversation, we won the trust of the ladies there. They end up letting themselves be photographed.

Ismael Patrick calls us to the nearby stand and expresses his disagreement: “If your idea was to take images of people from Guadeloupe, you should have chosen other people. They are Haitian immigrants.”

It also complains that a significant part of market traders sell Chinese products. After justifying his distinctive look with the ethnic roots of Tamil Nadu, he confesses that, lacking good deals with local goods, he had opted for Indian spices and essences.

He then proceeds to a quasi-contestatory monologue that promotes the political collective LKP (Liyannaj Kont Pwofitasyon) and its demands against the injustices of the metropolis' government and the beckes, the all-powerful settlers who continue to control Guadeloupe.

In the shade, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Butterfly Effect, French Antilles

A man waits out of the sun under an illustrated viaduct on the outskirts of Pointe-a-Pitre.

Even before we leave the market, we have fun watching an elderly mother beating her son, in public, while he listens to her with a very heavy sack on his back, bare-chested, patient and jocular.

The Beaches of the Island and the Ti Punch that Gives You More Flavor

We continue to discover the butterfly island, now on a south-north route full of tiresome curves. We ended up using this tiredness as an excuse to stop for a swim on the beaches facing the Caribbean side.

Family on the beach, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Butterfly Effect, French Antilles

Family walks along a beach on the west coast of Basse Terre.

In one of them, a couple of meters (French Europeans) do what they can to alleviate the monotony of the relationship. He shows his partner and other bathers his mastery in any martial art. She, ignore him as much as she can. He makes an effort not to lose the thread in the skein of the novel he is reading.

On another beach, Grande Anse, lost among hundreds of folklore bottles of liqueur, Fredy Punch and his wife Martine recruit us for a tasting of ti punch. We sip rum samples with a taste of tropical fruits while talking to the native host.

Fredy Punch, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Butterfly Effect, French Antilles

Vendor promotes rum planteur (handcrafted and fruit flavored) on a beach on the west coast of Guadeloupe.

Meanwhile, a newly arrived group of French seekers approaches Fredy. Enticed by its far superior numbers, Fredy is dedicated to enticing new customers.

Ti Punch, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Butterfly Effect, French Antilles

Showcase of Rum Planteur, the traditional fruit rum of the French Antilles.

We cut our way on the northern slope of the island's butterfly mold, modernized, overturned by buildings and with less visual interest.

Jordan, the Eddie Murphy of Pointe des Chateaux

We return in three times to Grande Terre, the other flat “wing” of Guadeloupe. Take a look at the Pointe des Chateaux, the end of a capricious tongue of land that points east.

Les Saintes, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Butterfly Effect, French Antilles

Les Saintes Archipelago, off the southern tip of Guadeloupe.

There, the confluence of the north and south seas, exposed to the elements due to the geographical isolation of the place, provokes an instability that agitates the waters, the low coastal vegetation and the stalls of handicraft vendors.

Jordan Etienne leaves the shelter of the tent to foist us his hats made of plaited palm leaves.

"Eddie Murphy" from Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Butterfly Effect, French Antilles

Jordan Etienne, a vegetable hat seller, at a stand in Pointe du Chateaux

Looks like an Eddie Murphy clone to us. Conversation starts, joke after joke, we confirmed that Hollywood wasn't your thing. Jordan had studied crafts at Algés.

He loved Lisbon where he had learned some Portuguese and left friends.

Martinique, French Antilles

The Armpit Baguette Caribbean

We move around Martinique as freely as the Euro and the tricolor flags fly supreme. But this piece of France is volcanic and lush. Lies in the insular heart of the Americas and has a delicious taste of Africa.
Soufriere, Saint Lucia

The Great Pyramids of the Antilles

Perched above a lush coastline, the twin peaks Pitons are the hallmark of Saint Lucia. They have become so iconic that they have a place in the highest notes of East Caribbean Dollars. Right next door, residents of the former capital Soufrière know how precious their sight is.
Cahuita, Costa Rica

Dreadlocked Costa Rica

Traveling through Central America, we explore a Costa Rican coastline as much as the Caribbean. In Cahuita, Pura Vida is inspired by an eccentric faith in Jah and a maddening devotion to cannabis.
Sainte-Luce, Martinique

The Nostalgic Projectionist

From 1954 to 1983, Gérard Pierre screened many of the famous films arriving in Martinique. 30 years after the closing of the room in which he worked, it was still difficult for this nostalgic native to change his reel.
Grande Terre, New Caledonia

South Pacific Great Boulder

James Cook thus named distant New Caledonia because it reminded him of his father's Scotland, whereas the French settlers were less romantic. Endowed with one of the largest nickel reserves in the world, they named Le Caillou the mother island of the archipelago. Not even its mining prevents it from being one of the most dazzling patches of Earth in Oceania.
Papeete, French Polynesia

The Third Sex of Tahiti

Heirs of Polynesian ancestral culture, the Mahu they preserve an unusual role in society. Lost somewhere between the two genders, these men-women continue to fight for the meaning of their lives.
Île-des-Pins, New Caledonia

The Island that Leaned against Paradise

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Saint-Pierre, Martinique

The City that Arose from the Ashes

In 1900, the economic capital of the Antilles was envied for its Parisian sophistication, until the Pelée volcano charred and buried it. More than a century later, Saint-Pierre is still regenerating.
Fort-de-France, Martinique

Freedom, Bipolarity and Tropicality

The capital of Martinique confirms a fascinating Caribbean extension of French territory. There, the relations between the colonists and the natives descended from slaves still give rise to small revolutions.
Serengeti, Great Savannah Migration, Tanzania, wildebeest on river
Serengeti NP, Tanzania

The Great Migration of the Endless Savanna

In these prairies that the Masai people say syringet (run forever), millions of wildebeests and other herbivores chase the rains. For predators, their arrival and that of the monsoon are the same salvation.
Thorong Pedi to High Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal, Lone Walker
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 12th - Thorong Phedi a High camp

The Prelude to the Supreme Crossing

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Itamaraty Palace Staircase, Brasilia, Utopia, Brazil
Architecture & Design
Brasilia, Brazil

Brasília: from Utopia to the Capital and Political Arena of Brazil

Since the days of the Marquis of Pombal, there has been talk of transferring the capital to the interior. Today, the chimera city continues to look surreal but dictates the rules of Brazilian development.
Tibetan heights, altitude sickness, mountain prevent to treat, travel

Altitude Sickness: the Grievances of Getting Mountain Sick

When traveling, it happens that we find ourselves confronted with the lack of time to explore a place as unmissable as it is high. Medicine and previous experiences with Altitude Evil dictate that we should not risk ascending in a hurry.
Ceremonies and Festivities
Pueblos del Sur, Venezuela

The Pueblos del Sur Locainas, Their Dances and Co.

From the beginning of the XNUMXth century, with Hispanic settlers and, more recently, with Portuguese emigrants, customs and traditions well known in the Iberian Peninsula and, in particular, in northern Portugal, were consolidated in the Pueblos del Sur.
on Stage, Antigua, Guatemala
Antigua (Antilles), Guatemala

Hispanic Guatemala, the Antigua Fashion

In 1743, several earthquakes razed one of the most charming pioneer colonial cities in the Americas. Antigua has regenerated but preserves the religiosity and drama of its epic-tragic past.
Singapore Asian Capital Food, Basmati Bismi

The Asian Food Capital

There were 4 ethnic groups in Singapore, each with its own culinary tradition. Added to this was the influence of thousands of immigrants and expatriates on an island with half the area of ​​London. It was the nation with the greatest gastronomic diversity in the Orient.
Tombola, street bingo-Campeche, Mexico
Campeche, Mexico

200 Years of Playing with Luck

At the end of the XNUMXth century, the peasants surrendered to a game introduced to cool the fever of cash cards. Today, played almost only for Abuelites, lottery little more than a fun place.

Man: an Ever Tested Species

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Christmas in Australia, Platipus = Platypus
Atherton Tableland, Australia

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Bride gets in car, traditional wedding, Meiji temple, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan

A Matchmaking Sanctuary

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Sunset, Avenue of Baobabs, Madagascar
Got2Globe Photo Portfolio

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Dominica, Soufriére and Scotts Head, island background
Soufriere e Scotts Head, Dominica

The Life That Hangs from Nature's Caribbean Island

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Surf Lesson, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
Waikiki, OahuHawaii

The Japanese Invasion of Hawaii

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Oulu Finland, Passage of Time
Winter White
Oulu, Finland

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Almada Negreiros, Roça Saudade, Sao Tome
Saudade, São Tomé, São Tomé and Principe

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Almada Negreiros was born in April 1893, on a farm in the interior of São Tomé. Upon discovering his origins, we believe that the luxuriant exuberance in which he began to grow oxygenated his fruitful creativity.
Maria Jacarés, Pantanal Brazil
Miranda, Brazil

Maria dos Jacarés: the Pantanal shelters such Creatures

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Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
Yerevan, Armenia

A Capital between East and West

Heiress of the Soviet civilization, aligned with the great Russia, Armenia allows itself to be seduced by the most democratic and sophisticated ways of Western Europe. In recent times, the two worlds have collided in the streets of your capital. From popular and political dispute, Yerevan will dictate the new course of the nation.
Natural Parks
Annapurna Circuit: 5th - Ngawal a BragaNepal

Towards the Nepalese Braga

We spent another morning of glorious weather discovering Ngawal. There is a short journey towards Manang, the main town on the way to the zenith of the Annapurna circuit. We stayed for Braga (Braka). The hamlet would soon prove to be one of its most unforgettable places.
blessed rest
UNESCO World Heritage
Hi Ann, Vietnam

The Vietnamese Port That Got to See Ships

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Couple visiting Mikhaylovskoe, village where writer Alexander Pushkin had a home
Saint Petersburg e Mikhaylovkoe, Russia

The Writer Who Succumbed to His Own Plot

Alexander Pushkin is hailed by many as the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. But Pushkin also dictated an almost tragicomic epilogue to his prolific life.
Drums and Tattoos
Tahiti, French Polynesia

Tahiti Beyond the Cliché

Neighbors Bora Bora and Maupiti have superior scenery but Tahiti has long been known as paradise and there is more life on the largest and most populous island of French Polynesia, its ancient cultural heart.
orthodox procession
Suzdal, Russia

Centuries of Devotion to a Devoted Monk

Euthymius was a fourteenth-century Russian ascetic who gave himself body and soul to God. His faith inspired Suzdal's religiosity. The city's believers worship him as the saint he has become.
On Rails
On Rails

Train Travel: The World Best on Rails

No way to travel is as repetitive and enriching as going on rails. Climb aboard these disparate carriages and trains and enjoy the best scenery in the world on Rails.
Kente Festival Agotime, Ghana, gold
Kumasi to Kpetoe, Ghana

A Celebration-Trip of the Ghanian Fashion

After some time in the great Ghanaian capital ashanti we crossed the country to the border with Togo. The reasons for this long journey were the kente, a fabric so revered in Ghana that several tribal chiefs dedicate a sumptuous festival to it every year.
Casario, uptown, Fianarantsoa, ​​Madagascar
Daily life
Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

The Malagasy City of Good Education

Fianarantsoa was founded in 1831 by Ranavalona Iª, a queen of the then predominant Merina ethnic group. Ranavalona Iª was seen by European contemporaries as isolationist, tyrant and cruel. The monarch's reputation aside, when we enter it, its old southern capital remains as the academic, intellectual and religious center of Madagascar.
Esteros del Iberá, Pantanal Argentina, Alligator
Iberá Wetlands, Argentina

The Pantanal of the Pampas

On the world map, south of the famous brazilian wetland, a little-known flooded region appears, but almost as vast and rich in biodiversity. the Guarani expression Y bera defines it as “shining waters”. The adjective fits more than its strong luminance.
Bungee jumping, Queenstown, New Zealand
Scenic Flights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, the Queen of Extreme Sports

In the century. XVIII, the Kiwi government proclaimed a mining village on the South Island "fit for a queen".Today's extreme scenery and activities reinforce the majestic status of ever-challenging Queenstown.