Death in Paradise
07 December 2017 | Guadaloupe
I should have mentioned that in Antigua we saw Eric Clapton's house, and in Montserrat we saw the home of Sir George Martin and his famous (now decrepit) recording studio where the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and many others came to record music away from the distractions of the usual life of a rock star. On to Guadeloupe, first stop Deshaies, the site of the filming of Death in Paradise.
The first sight of Deshaies (pronounced Day-ay, at least by the locals)was the white church steeple and clock tower, easily recognised from the shots of Sainte Marie in Death in Paradise. The building used for the police station is next door, and all the restaurants in town have featured in the show. Another series will be filmed from May next year. One of the bar tenders told us he starred in the show and got 90 euros a day plus meals during the filming. He rolled his eyes and gesticulated when we asked about the beautiful Camille! Lots of tourists visit the filming sites, and one English woman wondered why we in Australia would be so taken with the show when we have equally lovely beaches and lots of sunshine. We also had a delicious French meal at La Savane, sitting next to sculptured elephants, giraffes and gorillas. Not so good a meal at L'Amer and very bad French wine, probably heat affected.
Deshaies has one of the most beautiful botanical gardens I have ever seen, funded by the good old EC. Acres of lush tropical foliage, flowers including orchids, and trees, waterfalls, fountains, running rivulets, flamingoes, macaws, and the many little tropical birds including Huppe's hummingbird, of which I miraculously managed to get a photo in the Antigua marina. We didn't get to see the endemic Guadeloupe woodpecker unfortunately.
Next stop Pigeon Island in the Jacques Cousteau Marine Park.