More of Guadeloupe
13 December 2017 | Guadeloupe
We hired a car and driver to drive us around the two parts of the island, Basse Terre and Grande Terre. On driving out of the marina, away from the old town, we discovered good roads and bridges and a semi industrial area that made Fyshwick look like a corner store. There is wealth in Guadeloupe! There is also a lot of agriculture - sugar, pineapples, bananas. Basse Terre is a volcano and we drove along the Route de la Traversee, through rain forests, stopping at a water fall, a picnic ground on a river, and at a wooden hanging bridge over yet another river, and drank excellent coffee from Guadeloupe. It was all lush and dense rain forest vegetation with birds and the odd mongoose. We were reassured that the volcano hadn't erupted since 1976-77.
Back in Grande Terre which is a coral island (Grande and Basse are separated by a river) we visited the most amazing above-ground cemetery at Morne a L'Eau. It was enormous and almost every crypt was black and white. On to a rum distillery at Le Moule, first mentioned in records in 1732, where we of course had to buy their delicious rum. After visiting beaches, including a nudist one - we have no idea why our guide took us there but he seemed to enjoy our reactions and said he swam there himself on occasions - we had a good Creole lunch. Home was via the southern beaches of St Anne and St Francois.