12 December 2017 | Pointe a Pitre Guadeloupe
Our last day in Le Bourg, Iles des Saintes, was spent shopping and sheltering from the strong wind. The next day we set off into the teeth of the still strong wind to sail for 4 hours or so to the biggest city of Guadeloupe, Pointe a Pitre.
The marina of 1000 berths was full, so we dropped anchor outside. The evening wander along the marina docks revealed a lively place, full of bars and restaurants and accommodation, with the locals all out promenading. And what handsome locals they are - tall and slim with beautiful features. No "traditional figures" here. They seemed very happy and relaxed, and some were already enthusiastically celebrating Christmas. We were woken next morning by a cruise ship gliding quietly and closely by, hardly a sound and no wake from a ship as large as a block of flats.
Our stay involved however a lot of Plan Bs. We dinghied to the Slave Museum (which is called Memoriale ACTe) but were not allowed to tie up; we dinghied to the Aquarium but were not allowed to tie up etc) so we visited the town by taxi and wandered around for a few hours. It was all very exotic (we lunched on paninis, in a place owned by a Syrian with lots of relatives in Australia) but with a strong sense of the good days being in the past. The decay seemed more than just the result of heat and humidity. The spice and fruit markets were colourful, and the dress shops displayed flamboyant African-influenced Christmas outfits.