And finally our next family visit arrives – Reto’s mom Felicitas and his younger son Fionn arrive with 3 hours delay from Paris – and again it is raining, what a welcome!
Point-á-Pitre and Driving around Basse Terre
But since we are already here on Gwada as locals call it we do our bit of tourist program and start on the first day with our visit in the Memorial ACTe, also called the slave museum.
Already the building looks quite interesting, but inside there is a good collection of information on slave trade in colonial times. We learn that at that time 13 million people were brought from Africa to the Americas, incredible…
Then we rent a car and visit the island and enjoy driving on the right side ;-). In Deshaies we stop to take a look at the fishing village and visit the botanical garden where we discover the names of many plants, but most of them I just forget again…
Next stop we make at the Maison de Chocolat where we see how the cocoa grows and get a good explanation and tasting of all the intermediate and final cocoa products.
St. Anne and Marie Galante
Then we have enough of the city and move out 3 miles east to the Ilêt de Gosier, where we can swim and enjoy the little island.
The ride further west to St. Anne is only 7 more miles but with the wind and waves directly on the nose, so we all are happy to arrive in St. Anne. St. Anne has a beautiful beach with palm trees and other trees giving shade and some good bathing basins. The anchorage in 2 meter of water is no problem for our She San but still it is a bit rolling during the night.
The next day we have a fast sail with the wind from the side to Saint Louis on Marie Galante, which has more sailing yachts but a lot less tourists in total. The anchorage is pleasant with a lot of space and good holding.
Sailing downwind to the Iles des Saintes
With the wind in the back we have a comfortable ride down to the Iles des Saintes where we attach our She San to a mooring in Bourg des Saintes. The weather forecast tells us to better stay here because both north and south of us there is a lot of rain forecasted.
So we take our time to get to know the island – by foot on land and with the snorkel in the water 😉
We hike up to the highest point on the island (330m), the Chameau, and a quite steep and sometimes slippery path down on the other side. We find that the nice lady in the tourist office could have told us about this little detail of the hike, but most probably she has never done it herself, so how would she know.
The next days hike takes us to the hills above the Baie du Marigot and after a pleasant round up to the Pointe Morel we enjoy a beautiful view of the Baie de Pompierre at the end.
Together with many other tourists we also visit the Fort Napoleon and enjoy especially the views down to the bay. Also we see a few huge lizards and many aloe and algave plants. The museum itself has a collection of many different topics, but all the descriptions are in French and therefore not very helpful for Reto and Fionn.
Snorkling we “discover” the well- marked wreck in the middle of the bay close to our mooring where a lot of small fish can be found. We also dinghy over to the Ile du Cabrit and discover the underwater world on the eastern tip right of the beach there, unfortunately this day we also meet many jelly fish…
And finally we also visit the beach in the Baie de Pompierre and make a picknick in the picknick huts, feed the chicken families and snorkel along the reef which has many fish but also mainly dead coral.
Back to Point-à-Pitre
Since the weather forecast tells us to expect thunderstorms we go back to the Marina Bas du Fort in Guadeloupe from where we visit the Aquarium and the city for some more shopping.
Unfortunately the holiday of our visitors is already over way too soon and we have to say good bye to Felicitas and Fionn.
Reto and I do some more shopping for the upcoming works on our She San but since we still wait for a spare part for our electrical outboard engine we need to stay in the area some more days before heading back down south again.