Slow Dancing

06 March 2017 | Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe
04 March 2017 | Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe
17 February 2017 | Pointe a Pitre Guadeloupe
17 February 2017 | St. Lucia
08 February 2017 | St. Lucia
03 February 2017 | St. Lucia
03 February 2017 | St. Lucia
03 February 2017 | St. Lucia
03 February 2017 | St. Lucia
03 February 2017 | St. Lucia
03 February 2017 | St. Lucia
29 January 2017 | St. Lucia
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Musee du Rhum

06 March 2017 | Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe
Melissa Partly sunny & calm
February 24, 2017

The "Rum Museum" has a little bit of everything--model dinosaurs, dioramas of Creole life and examples of Creole headdress. Dan was fascinated with the intricate models of seafaring lore, such as The Nina, Beagle, and Constitution. I was more interested in the incredible number of seeds or beans (about 75 by my count) that grow in the Caribbean. The jewelry was distinctive. I'm sure Dan is glad that I don't see this in the shops. And then, there was the extensive collection of insects from around the world. The butterflies and moths were pretty. The beetles ranged from teeny tiny to palm size! No wonder they are a food source.

The different styles, lengths, and shapes of cane knives from 40 different countries were incredible. We frequently see men and women on the islands walking along the road with their knives. Fishermen and women use them. People chop weeds in yards and along the roadsides with cutlasses. One time we saw a bus driver pull his machete from under the seat as he engaged in a verbal altercation with a nonpaying passenger. A blade is a multipurpose tool for islanders. It took us a bit of adjustment.


Marie-Galante

04 March 2017 | Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe
Melissa Dark & Calm
February 19-21, 2017

We set out for Marie-Galante in calm water under a bright blue sky. We had a sailing day! Marie-Galante, a relatively flat island, is off the well-traveled path. We were eager to explore. Off Saint-Louis, we found a beautiful anchorage—beaches, a dinghy/ferry dock, and a closed town. Did I say closed on Sunday?

We eagerly set off to tour the island. We passed a sugar loading dock, signs to beaches, and a John Deere tractor. Dan commented that this was one of the few mowers he had seen in the islands.

L’Habitation Roussel-Trianon included a windmill as well as the cane processing ruins. There were beautiful carved decorations (a star and a heart) at the doorways. We traveled to Le Moulin de Bezard, a windmill that had the frames for the sails attached. It seems that much of the cane was processed using natural power.

Grand-Bourg, the largest city, was typical. The dock, complete with a small cruise liner and a few souvenir shops, led to the church and the covered Marche (fruit and vegetable market). We saw fishermen cleaning their catch at the working marina. My mouth watered as I looked at the many food stands. Did I say closed on Monday?

Along the highway, we passed gorgeous beaches with waves breaking over the reefs reminiscent of the Tobago Cays.
Two classic La Saintoise vessels were perched on their keels at a museum. Seeing these traditional fishing boats of Guadeloupe gave me an appreciation of how difficult it must have been to fish. We passed restaurants with gorgeous views. Did I say closed on Monday?

Marie-Galante is known for the quality of rum produced at its distilleries, a sugar processing plant, and its windmills.
Modern wind generators supply electricity for the island. It is a rural island with lots of sugar cane, a fair number of cattle staked in fields, and some beautiful beaches. The houses are run down looking, but the people are courteous and helpful. The anchorage filled with French vessels, unflagged boats, a few Canadians, and us. We had a peaceful respite off the grid. Ahh.




Bread in St. Lucia

17 February 2017 | Pointe a Pitre Guadeloupe
Melissa Sunny & Calm
February 12, 2017

Trucks, workers on the way home, walkers and cars lined up! We stopped for “the best bread in St. Lucia” where the oven was a cross between a pizza oven and a colonial oven. The smells were awesome! We bought yummy loaves of hot chewy bread for one EC! We asked Kurt the name of this place. He replied, “It doesn’t have a name. The lady who owns it is Checko.” It’s on the road. We can find this place again!







Between the Pitons

17 February 2017 | St. Lucia
Melissa Sunny
February 12, 2017

Off we went. Rita arranged a tour with “her guy.” He’s the best she said. We hit several of the usual spots for a St. Lucia tour. A lone man sat along an overlook stop. Up hops Sylvester with a huge smile and a big sell. Kurt, our guide, stood aside as Sylvester told us about the Pitons and his handmade jewelry. Really, how many times do you get to do a hand bend over the top of those volcanic plugs? The guys rolled their eyes. Sylvester sweetened the deal by adding more necklaces and bracelets to our pile. None of us are rookie cruisers. Such a deal!











A Little Stroll on Pigeon Island

08 February 2017 | St. Lucia
Melissa Sunny & Windy
February 8, 2017

Mmm. We have been working and waiting. Should we check and replace raw water hoses while we wait? Slow Dancing had the garage completely disassembled. Why did I bother to clean? The transmission shifter project is ongoing and ongoing. Will it be installed this week? Hmm.

We took a stroll to Ft. Rodney with Calypso and Charbonneau. The winds were cranking and we watched many boats hoppy horse slowly northward. The soldiers’ quarters were lovely in the dappled sunlight. We chatted with others on the trek up the hill. We dodged misty rain as we passed this sink. What do you think--laundry or dishes? We had a nice break from working and waiting.

Hmm. The weather is supposed to break next week.

Diamond Rock

03 February 2017 | St. Lucia
Melissa Sunny & Windy
Plague No. 6 on Grande Anse du Diamant is the most beautiful beach we have visited. The view of Rocher du Diamant, once declared a ship in her majesty’s service, is spectacular. The water so clear that you can see grains of sand being pulled into the waves. You can sit under the shade of coconut palms and trees. Bring your own picnic since there are no vendors!
Vessel Name: Slow Dancing
Vessel Make/Model: Island Packet 44
Hailing Port: Annapolis, MD
Crew: Melissa and Dan Kenshalo
About: We began sailing on Chesapeake in 2005 on a 34 ft. Catalina. We became full time cruisers in 2012 on our Island Packet 44. Our journeys have been full of fun and laughter.
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