Guadeloupe – “Gwada” together with Felicitas and Fionn

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!

we enjoy the breakfast on board with the great french Baguette and the Piton beer from St. Lucia
we enjoy the breakfast on board with the great french Baguette and the Piton beer from St. Lucia
and once again we get a full load of presents, some that we have ordered and some nice surprises as well ;-)
and once again we get a full load of presents, some that we have ordered and some nice surprises as well 😉

Point-á-Pitre and Driving around Basse Terre

first thing we visit the Memorial ACTe, the "sclave museum"
first thing we visit the Memorial ACTe, the “sclave museum”
and the Pirates bar serving Heineken
and the Pirates bar serving Heineken
our tour around the island takes us to the northwest, here the Plage de Grande Anse
our tour around the island takes us to the northwest, here the Plage de Grande Anse
and in the botanical garden in Deshaies we learn many names of plants, that unfortunately I immediately forget again...
and in the botanical garden in Deshaies we learn many names of plants, that unfortunately I immediately forget again…
only the Heliconia I was able to remember
only the Heliconia I was able to remember
but anyway who cares? Important is to look at them not to talk to them with their name..
but anyway who cares? Important is to look at them not to talk to them with their name..

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…

while these birds do come to sit on your hand when you have the cup of nectar, Reto tried without and was bitten right away..
while these birds do come to sit on your hand when you have the cup of nectar, Reto tried without and was bitten right away..
and finally I find the nam of the palm tree that I like so much, it is Ravenala or Streliziacea or Arbre du Voyageur
and finally I find the nam of the palm tree that I like so much, it is Ravenala or Streliziacea or Arbre du Voyageur

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.

and on our way we visit the Maison du Chocolat where we get a nice presentation and tasting of the intermediate and final chocolate products ;-)
and on our way we visit the Maison du Chocolat where we get a nice presentation and tasting of the intermediate and final chocolate 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.

then - finally - we head out of town, first stop is Ilet du Gosier
then – finally – we head out of town, first stop is Ilet du Gosier

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.

then on to St. Anne which is quite touristic thanks to its beaches and bathing basins
then on to St. Anne which is quite touristic thanks to its beaches and bathing basins

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.

and further on to Saint Louis on the next island Marie Galante, also a nice beach, but very calm in comparison to St. Anne
and further on to Saint Louis on the next island Marie Galante, also a nice beach, but very calm in comparison to St. Anne
it seems that the Lambies are not as protected here as in Dominica and St. Lucia
it seems that the Lambies are not as protected here as in Dominica and St. Lucia

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.

Iles des Saintes, we attach our She San to a mooring in Bourg des Saintes
Iles des Saintes, we attach our She San to a mooring in Bourg des Saintes

So we take our time to get to know the island – by foot on land and with the snorkel in the water 😉

then we explore the island hiking up to the Chameau and down on the other side on a bit slippery and steep path
then we explore the island hiking up to the Chameau and down on the other side on a bit slippery and steep path
and Reto learns that crabs go into shells when he picks up the shell and is surprised by the crab moving
and Reto learns that crabs go into shells when he picks up the shell and is surprised by the crab moving
the forms and colours of the cactus fruits are new to me
the forms and colours of the cactus fruits are new to me
this type of poisonous trees is fortunately often marked with a red color - especially in rain it is not advised to stand underneath...
this type of poisonous trees is fortunately often marked with a red color – especially in rain it is not advised to stand underneath…

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.

the Baie de Pompiere with a beautiful beach with many tall palm trees
the Baie de Pompiere with a beautiful beach with many tall palm trees
Bourg de Saintes seen from the north
Bourg de Saintes seen from the north
we enjoy the Heineken fresh from the david keg in the restaurant "Le Pieds dans l'eau" - the tables are really right beside the beach
we enjoy the Heineken fresh from the david keg in the restaurant “Le Pieds dans l’eau” – the tables are really right beside the beach
one of my favortie fruits, the paw paw
one of my favortie fruits, the paw paw
the Anse du Bourg bay seen from the north
the Anse du Bourg bay seen from the north

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.

and of course we also have to visit the Fort Napoleon
and of course we also have to visit the Fort Napoleon
and again the view of the bay with the Chameau in the back ground
and again the view of the bay with the Chameau in the back ground
the water is so clear, that we see every detail from the dinghy dock
the water is so clear, that we see every detail from the dinghy dock
... and we enjoy shade in the picknick huts and get some good entertainment by the chicken family coming by enjoying our bread crumbs
… and we enjoy shade in the picknick huts and get some good entertainment by the chicken family coming by enjoying our bread crumbs

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.

we visit the Aquarium in Pointe-à-Pitre, and show especial interest in all the poisonous species, here one of the most ugly ones
we visit the Aquarium in Pointe-à-Pitre, and show especial interest in all the poisonous species, here one of the most ugly ones
and once again we admire the lion fish and learn that here in the caribbean waters it doesn't have natural enemies - another good reason to eat them!
and once again we admire the lion fish and learn that here in the caribbean waters it doesn’t have natural enemies – another good reason to eat them!
and Felicitas checks out the spice market
and Felicitas checks out the spice market
and once again I am fascinated by the market in Point-à-Pitre
and once again I am fascinated by the market in Point-à-Pitre

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.

Caribbean Guadeloupe Point-a-Pitre, St Anne, Marie Galante, Iles des Saintes

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