14 February 2015

Guadeloupe - Île des Saintes - The French Episode.

The French know how to live.

I’m sitting on a balcony, overlooking a beautiful bay. 
Colorful little birds fly by.
Turtles crawl through a garden filled with fruits: 

bananas, papayas, breadfruit, coconuts, 
guavas, pomegranates, mangoes, limes, 
passion fruit, tomatoes and plantains. 

We had a number of these for breakfast. 
Everything looks tropical and very European at the same time.  
It’s ridiculously perfect.

Very French. -No one speaks English. 
We’re on Terre de Haut, on an island in the archipelago of Guadeloupe.
In the Caribbean.
The food is EXCELLENT. 
Good wines, fine cheeses, crusty baguettes, baked fresh every 4 hours.
Delicious yogurt, fresh fruits and tasty vegetables. 
Not expensive. Many grown here.

The restaurants, are ON the sand: 
Starter, main course, (usually fresh fish, and delicious).
And dessert, for a set price - just like in France
With a half bottle of good French wine.
Ah, how wonderful.

Everything closes down completely from 12:30-3 pm for lunch. 
It really is the main part of their day.

A long lunch, spent with friends and families.
Talking, lingering at the table, taking forever, in our minds -! 

No wonder they think we tend to eat and run. We do.

No crime - everyone knows each other. 
Doors are open and nothing is locked. 
It feels colorful and organized. 

The houses are freshly painted, gardens are tidy. 
Of course, the population on this island is only about 1400.  

The bays are glass-clear. 

Sailboats scattered tastefully about. 

Visitors can rent scooters, or golf carts.
Most people walk. 
It takes an hour or two to cross the island. 

It's another world - each island is SO different from the next! 

I guess that's the whole idea of "islands". 
If so - I like it!