All the colors of the rainbow

Anse Mitan

Walking up and down the streets of Trois-Ilets, the sweet smell of colombo and massala spices cooking away in small houses, the sound of waves gently crashing on Anse Mitan beach, the lively market stands selling punch and fruit, live zouk concerts here and there, … all these wonderful things have been part of my daily routine this past week.

Unfortunately I have been unable to rent a car due to having a young person’s driving license. To rent a car, one must have at least 3 years driving experience, and I only have a little over a year. On the upside, this will save me quite a few pennies! My main mode of transportation has been the ferry boat which goes from Anse Mitan to Anse à l’Ane (which I have yet to discover!), and then to Fort-de-France. Of course, I have also been walking around a lot, and have come to know the areas of Trois-Ilets and Pointe du Bout very well.

On board the ferry

What is particularly exciting is the fact that the official carnival festivities commence this week, and there are all sorts of events organized in many villages, including the one in which I currently live in. Make-up workshops, parades, stand up shows, a different dress code every day, live concerts, costume fashion shows, … All these events will be happening as of tomorrow, and I will make sure to be in the heart of things and imbibe as much as I can.

Fort de France

On Saturday I had ventured off again to Fort-de-France, and spent the morning roaming around the markets, boutiques selling carnival gear, cathedral, the famous fort and then lounged the beach. In the afternoon, like in Guadeloupe and Tahiti, all the shops close. What is really striking is the fact that in the morning the streets of the capital are heaving with people of all ages, cars, trucks, stands, pets, musicians.. It is almost exhausting just walking from one block to the next. However, once midday strikes, the shops almost immediately close their doors and the streets become completely deserted – only the pigeons shuffle around as the the cathedral bells announce the arrival of the afternoon.

There is so much color every where you go – young women will mix lots of different bright colors in their attire, men tend to wear loud checkered shirts, houses are painted in yellow, orange, pink, purple, green… And all this color adds a genuine touch of gaiety and charm to Martinique’s surroundings. Of course, so do the palm trees, bougainvilleas, hibiscus flowers, banana trees, royal palms, etc… Once again, it seems I have landed in yet another beautiful bountiful island.

Cathedral

I hear a lot of reggae, dancehall and zouk being played on beachfronts, in restaurants, bars, cars. These seem to the most popular genres. I am looking forward to all the live musical performances organized for the carnival, which will be entertaining without a doubt. Also, the weather has been much more inviting than it was at the start of my stay, so fingers crossed, sunshine and warmth will also be on the carnival’s menu.

Rainbow - view from my room

But I am realizing as days go by that I am on my ‘final’ island, and that this tropical adventure of mine is coming to an end… Thus, I am trying to soak in as much as I can before I get on that plane ride back to reality.

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Hooray for having reached over 1000 Tropicalove visits!

Never would I have thought that my travel blog would have attained more than 1000 visits! I hope that it has provided some insightful, captivating and interesting snippets for all you readers… and made you believe that dreams can indeed come true! 

I have now moved to Trois-Ilets in Martinique, and have been here for barely a couple of days. Unfortunately, the weather is pretty dull and drizzly since my arrival, so my exploring has resulted in finding cafés and watching the rain pour down. Another added challenge to my explorations is the fact that I am living on top of a very steep hill, but I think in the long run, this will be good exercise! Also, my room is equipped with a nifty little balcony that looks on to a panoramic view of the sea and Martinique’s capital Fort-de-France, which lights up beautifully at night.

Trois-Ilets is a very touristy part of Martinique which perhaps makes it less authentic, but makes it safe for me, as a young solo girl, to mooch around without feeling uneasy. Don’t get me wrong though, there are plenty of locals, fish markets, traditional scenes and sights around the place, but there are also a lot of boutiques, souvenir shops and eateries catered for holiday tourists. The ‘Village Créole’ is where I have been taking refuge in cafés these past days – it is a charming little outdoor shopping center where you can find all sorts of neat colorful boutiques, attractive restaurants and bars.

I have found out that there is a little ferry which takes one to Fort-de-France everyday. It is quicker and much cheaper this way than to rent a car. Perhaps tomorrow I shall embark on the ferry, brave my sea sickness, and discover Martinique’s capital for while…

For the mean time, I am taking my time, exploring at my own pace and getting a feel for my surroundings. Yesterday evening I heard some lively music coming from down the hill, so I decided to follow it and see where I’d turn up. I ended up in Hotel Bambou, situated right on the beach, where there was some lively dancing happening. I looked up the hotel’s event board, and was pleased to see that there will be several exciting events hosted at this hotel such as a steel band concert, a traditional market night, …

It is early doors, and definitely difficult for me for the moment to compare Martinique to Guadeloupe. Speaking of Guadeloupe, Tropicalove Episode 4 is already up and ready. Check it out!

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