I am starting off this blessed year and first post of 2018 by sharing my trip to the gorgeous French Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe
I learned that there weren't any flights that went directly to Guadeloupe from America until Norwegian Airlines started offering flights that were below $250!! Slammin' deal and the flight is only 4 hours!! Not bad for a short vacation (4 day trip). We stayed on the popular marina in an air bnb, which housed all 7 of us! Below is a picture of the courtyard, spectacular amenities.
Our day trip consisted of going to the quaint island of Les Saintes. This was definitely the highlight of the entire trip! Below is a snap shot of the town center, chickens roamed free and french pastries were plentiful!
Facts about Les Saintes
One must see when visiting this small island is Fort Napoléon des Saintes. Historically it was originally destroyed by Britian and rebuilt in 1867, and was named after Napolean III which they turned into a penitentiary, but now is a museum filled with artifacts and art illustrating the islands history, environment and culture. By the way everything is in French, so that made it a little bit hard to understand the significance of everything in that museum. Below is the entrance into the fort and as you can see there is three levels to explore.
The highlight of visiting the fort is the 360 view of Les Saintes and the surrounding islands of Guadeloupe. I will let you just scroll through and enjoy the amazing views of this gem! Can I just say, breathtaking!!!
The last day on our vacation we spent it at an area called Saint Anne. This is a pretty popular area with lots of restaurants, street vendors, markets and bars. And once again look at that water! (picture below) so refreshing and no waves and that's where I parked it for the entire day. For those of you who know me, you know I'm very scared of the ocean! But, I couldn't resist!! As I sipped on coco punch, a local cocktail that is a much stronger version of a piña colada, I couldn't help but reflect on how grateful I was to experience this beautiful place!
Guadeloupe was such a great experience! It was fascinating to see an island that was a French colony. I believe traveling develops the human character and makes you a more evolved human being. Add Guadeloupe to your travel list and you won't be sorry. Where am I off to next!???
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