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

In 1964, Katsura Morimura delighted the Japan with a turquoise novel set in Ouvéa. But the neighboring Île-des-Pins has taken over the title "The Nearest Island to Paradise" and thrills its visitors.
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.
savuti, botswana, elephant-eating lions
Savuti, Botswana

Savuti's Elephant-Eating Lions

A patch of the Kalahari Desert dries up or is irrigated depending on the region's tectonic whims. In Savuti, lions have become used to depending on themselves and prey on the largest animals in the savannah.
Annapurna (circuit)
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.
Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
Architecture & Design
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.
Full Dog Mushing
Seward, Alaska

The Alaskan Dog Mushing Summer

It's almost 30 degrees and the glaciers are melting. In Alaska, entrepreneurs have little time to get rich. Until the end of August, dog mushing cannot stop.
Balinese Hinduism, Lombok, Indonesia, Batu Bolong temple, Agung volcano in background
Ceremonies and Festivities
Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok: Balinese Hinduism on an Island of Islam

The foundation of Indonesia was based on the belief in one God. This ambiguous principle has always generated controversy between nationalists and Islamists, but in Lombok, the Balinese take freedom of worship to heart
Mao Tse Tung, Dragon Heart, Tianamen Square, Beijing, China
Beijing, China

The Heart of the Great Dragon

It is the incoherent historic center of Maoist-Communist ideology and almost all Chinese aspire to visit it, but Tianamen Square will always be remembered as a macabre epitaph of the nation's aspirations.
Margilan, Uzbekistan

An Uzbekistan's Breadwinner

In one of the many bakeries in Margilan, worn out by the intense heat of the tandyr oven, the baker Maruf'Jon works half-baked like the distinctive traditional breads sold throughout Uzbekistan
Gothic couple

Matarraña to Alcanar, Spain (España)

A Medieval Spain

Traveling through the lands of Aragon and Valencia, we come across towers and detached battlements of houses that fill the slopes. Mile after kilometer, these visions prove to be as anachronistic as they are fascinating.

Reindeer Racing, Kings Cup, Inari, Finland
Inari, Finland

The Wackiest Race on the Top of the World

Finland's Lapps have been competing in the tow of their reindeer for centuries. In the final of the Kings Cup - Porokuninkuusajot - , they face each other at great speed, well above the Arctic Circle and well below zero.
Jeep crosses Damaraland, Namibia
Damaraland, Namíbia

Namibia On the Rocks

Hundreds of kilometers north of Swakopmund, many more of Swakopmund's iconic dunes Sossuvlei, Damaraland is home to deserts interspersed with hills of reddish rock, the highest mountain and ancient rock art of the young nation. the settlers South Africans they named this region after the Damara, one of the Namibian ethnic groups. Only these and other inhabitants prove that it remains on Earth.
Aswan, Egypt, Nile River meets Black Africa, Elephantine Island
Aswan, Egypt

Where the Nile Welcomes the Black Africa

1200km upstream of its delta, the Nile is no longer navigable. The last of the great Egyptian cities marks the fusion between Arab and Nubian territory. Since its origins in Lake Victoria, the river has given life to countless African peoples with dark complexions.
Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
Got2Globe Portfolio

life outside

China's occupation of Tibet, Roof of the World, The occupying forces
Lhasa, Tibet

The Sino-Demolition of the Roof of the World

Any debate about sovereignty is incidental and a waste of time. Anyone who wants to be dazzled by the purity, affability and exoticism of Tibetan culture should visit the territory as soon as possible. The Han civilizational greed that moves China will soon bury millenary Tibet.
Surf Lesson, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
Waikiki, OahuHawaii

The Japanese Invasion of Hawaii

Decades after the attack on Pearl Harbor and from the capitulation in World War II, the Japanese returned to Hawaii armed with millions of dollars. Waikiki, his favorite target, insists on surrendering.
Era Susi towed by dog, Oulanka, Finland
Winter White
PN Oulanka, Finland

A Slightly Lonesome Wolf

Jukka “Era-Susi” Nordman has created one of the largest packs of sled dogs in the world. He became one of Finland's most iconic characters but remains faithful to his nickname: Wilderness Wolf.
Kukenam reward
Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Time Travel to the Lost World of Mount Roraima

At the top of Mount Roraima, there are extraterrestrial scenarios that have resisted millions of years of erosion. Conan Doyle created, in "The Lost World", a fiction inspired by the place but never got to step on it.
Hikers below Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, California, United States of America
Death Valley, USA

The Hottest Place Resurrection

Since 1921, Al Aziziyah, in Libya, was considered the hottest place on the planet. But the controversy surrounding the 58th measured there meant that, 99 years later, the title was returned to Death Valley.
Sheki, Autumn in the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Autumn Homes
Sheki, Azerbaijan

autumn in the caucasus

Lost among the snowy mountains that separate Europe from Asia, Sheki is one of Azerbaijan's most iconic towns. Its largely silky history includes periods of great harshness. When we visited it, autumn pastels added color to a peculiar post-Soviet and Muslim life.
Bather, The Baths, Devil's Bay (The Baths) National Park, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Natural Parks
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda's Divine “Caribbaths”

Discovering the Virgin Islands, we disembark on a tropical and seductive seaside dotted with huge granite boulders. The Baths seem straight out of the Seychelles but they are one of the most exuberant marine scenery in the Caribbean.
Hué, Communist City, Imperial Vietnam, Imperial Communism
UNESCO World Heritage
Hue, Vietnam

The Red Heritage of Imperial Vietnam

It suffered the worst hardships of the Vietnam War and was despised by the Vietcong due to the feudal past. The national-communist flags fly over its walls but Hué regains its splendor.
Earp brothers look-alikes and friend Doc Holliday in Tombstone, USA
tombstone, USA

Tombstone: the City Too Hard to Die

Silver veins discovered at the end of the XNUMXth century made Tombstone a prosperous and conflictive mining center on the frontier of the United States to Mexico. Lawrence Kasdan, Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner and other Hollywood directors and actors made famous the Earp brothers and the bloodthirsty duel of “OK Corral”. The Tombstone, which, over time, has claimed so many lives, is about to last.
Jabula Beach, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Saint Lucia, South Africa

An Africa as Wild as Zulu

On the eminence of the coast of Mozambique, the province of KwaZulu-Natal is home to an unexpected South Africa. Deserted beaches full of dunes, vast estuarine swamps and hills covered with fog fill this wild land also bathed by the Indian Ocean. It is shared by the subjects of the always proud Zulu nation and one of the most prolific and diverse fauna on the African continent.
holy bookcase
Tsfat (Safed), Israel

When the Kabbalah is a Victim of Itself

In the 50s, Tsfat brought together the artistic life of the young Israeli nation and regained its secular mystique. But famous converts like Madonna have come to disturb the most elemental Kabbalist discretion.
Flam Railway composition below a waterfall, Norway.
On Rails
Nesbyen to Flam, Norway

Flam Railway: Sublime Norway from the First to the Last Station

By road and aboard the Flam Railway, on one of the steepest railway routes in the world, we reach Flam and the entrance to the Sognefjord, the largest, deepest and most revered of the Scandinavian fjords. From the starting point to the last station, this monumental Norway that we have unveiled is confirmed.
Women with long hair from Huang Luo, Guangxi, China
Longsheng, China

Huang Luo: the Chinese Village of the Longest Hairs

In a multi-ethnic region covered with terraced rice paddies, the women of Huang Luo have surrendered to the same hairy obsession. They let the longest hair in the world grow, years on end, to an average length of 170 to 200 cm. Oddly enough, to keep them beautiful and shiny, they only use water and rice.
Visitors at Talisay Ruins, Negros Island, Philippines
Daily life
Talisay City, Philippines

Monument to a Luso-Philippine Love

At the end of the 11th century, Mariano Lacson, a Filipino farmer, and Maria Braga, a Portuguese woman from Macau, fell in love and got married. During the pregnancy of what would be her 2th child, Maria succumbed to a fall. Destroyed, Mariano built a mansion in his honor. In the midst of World War II, the mansion was set on fire, but the elegant ruins that endured perpetuate their tragic relationship.
El Tatio Geisers, Atacama, Chile, Between ice and heat
El Tatio, Chile

El Tatio Geysers – Between the Ice and the Heat of the Atacama

Surrounded by supreme volcanoes, the geothermal field of El Tatio, in the Atacama Desert it appears as a Dantesque mirage of sulfur and steam at an icy 4200 m altitude. Its geysers and fumaroles attract hordes of travelers.
Passengers, scenic flights-Southern Alps, New Zealand
Scenic Flights
Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand

The Aeronautical Conquest of the Southern Alps

In 1955, pilot Harry Wigley created a system for taking off and landing on asphalt or snow. Since then, his company has unveiled, from the air, some of the greatest scenery in Oceania.