Por Dos

Family cruising in a Catamaran

16 June 2015 | Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
06 June 2015 | Tahanea, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
01 June 2015 | Raiatea, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
28 May 2015 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
12 May 2015 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
26 April 2015 | Academy Bay, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Islas Galapagos, Ecuador
13 April 2015 | Panama to Galapagos
07 April 2015 | Balboa, Panama
31 March 2015 | Colon, Panama
23 March 2015 | Kralendijk, Bonaire
25 February 2015 | Trinidad
17 February 2015 | Port of Spain, Trinidad
01 February 2015 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
31 January 2015 | Trinidad
15 January 2015 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
06 January 2015 | Union Island, St. Vincent & The Grenadines
29 December 2014 | Soufriere, St. Lucia
23 December 2014 | St Anne, Martinique
10 December 2014 | Le Marin, Martinique
24 November 2014 | Marina de Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Martinique

23 December 2014 | St Anne, Martinique
Marta Portoles
So, we are in the Caribbean - or are we? - Martinique, being French, is a mix of French attitude, Euro-rich, coconut & palm trees meet baguette and Camembert with Rhum punch instead of Bordeaux wine sort of place. My mouth still waters at the thought of our morning croissants, pains au chocolate and brioches. Traffic around Fort-de-France will beat Boston rush hour anytime. We enjoyed a couple of weeks of R&R here: one free week in Le Marin marina (free for Atlantic Odyssey Rally participants) and a second week at anchorage in St. Anne.

Continuing with our volcano theme, we visited St. Pierre in the north of the island, where, in 1902, Mt. Pelee exploded and wiped out the whole town of 30,000 people off the map. The only survivor: a guy imprisoned for murder in a thick stone cell that protected him from the pyroclastic phenomenon of boiling mud, lava, hot gasses and flying rocks. He became famous for his narrow escape. Some of the remains of the original town can still be seen around the new town. We visited a local museum, in which all the exhibits were in French but it had a good video with subtitles in English among other languages.

We also visited the local rhum distillery which still had a big boiler (that burnt the cane husks) to power the big steam engine that drive the cane crush and heated the stills. It was a fascinating tour of basic steam powered machinery that still worked Plus we had a nice lunch and bought some rum!

On December 23, we left for the island of St. Lucia, where we were planning to celebrate Christmas.


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Vessel Name: S/V Por Dos
Vessel Make/Model: Catana 48
Hailing Port: Salem, MA
Crew: Mark, Marta, Alec & Roan
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Who: Mark, Marta, Alec & Roan
Port: Salem, MA
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