Trials and Tribulations
15 February 2018 | St. Pierre, Martinique
Well this is my fourth try to post this blog so I guess the title of this is fitting. Once I arrived in French territory my phone decided it did not work. I guess it does not speak french.
Trials and tribulations,
I picked up my crew, Gary and Sue at the airport in St. Lucia. The plan was for me to sail to Martinique and meet them there but the weather told me other things as high winds were predicted. Not wise to go and sail in adverse conditions by my self. They caught a shuttle and arrived in St. Lucia. The next day we sailed to Martinique just in time for carnival.
Each Island has their own Carnival. Martinique coincides with Fat Tuesday and the days preceding lent. The big parade and festivities started on Sunday. We took the ferry across the bay and arrived in plenty of time to start partying. Actually a little too early. Nothing was open and no one was around. MMMM, did I miss the day? I certainly missed the time. I had read that it started at five am. If this is the case it is already finished and everyone went to bed. Wandering around town and finally stopping at a place for a snack we discovered that it did not start until 3:00 or maybe 4:00, no one was quite sure. We ordered beers and frites( french fries). The beers were good but the frites never did arrive. Both Sue and I had gone up to order, even having a french phone app for them to read that we wanted frites. All of this was to no avail and we finally settled for chicken and macaroni pie.
The parade did start around 3:00 and by 4:30 we had experienced enough revelry and headed back to the boat.
What we also found out is that all stores are closed for the four days of Carnival. No fresh baguettes of chocolate croissants. Why am I here when I can’t indulge on the finer things that France has to offer.
The last day of Carnival ended yesterday with backfiring cars, loud music and everyone dressed in black and white. Today starts lent and the scarifies until Easter. We hope the grocery and bakery are open. I need a croissant or maybe two to make up for the ones I missed the last four days.