If you ever go on a road trip to South East England, you should not miss the tiny village of Rye. Houses, shops and pubs are typically British and a stroll in its narrow streets makes you feel like time has been standing still for a few centuries. The architecture is so well preserved and you can tell that people living there are really proud when their houses are photographed by the crowds of tourists. While I was there, I met tourists from Asia, who were recommended to visit Rye on a day trip from London. That’s how much it is worth a visit.
My too cuties, who live in Martinique, and who are always happy to see me come home.
Two females, Kanel and Muscade, names translated in English as Cinnamon and Nutmeg.
Kanel, the big dark dog, is about 5.5 years old a mix of Argentine Mastiff and Rottweiler. She is a little fat these days and is not that bothered to stand up sometimes because of her weight. She should really watch what she eats and exercise more….don’t you think mum? 🙂
Muscade, the yellow dog is a 1 year old Belgian Shepherd Malinois.She is very young so very excitable and very active. I actually find her too skinny so I wonder if Kanel does not eat all her food!! 🙂 She had 3 puppies a few months ago with a dog from the neighborhood who comes to visit her at night in our garden.
Once the daily boat race is over, speedboats, jet skis and catamarans all come together in a bay or an area sheltered from the wind to enjoy some music and drinks. Catamarans usually have DJs on board, turning their speakers up as loud as they can. Sometimes, when other boats are close enough, a catamaran can just supply some music all around, while people dance along, sipping rum, local beer and home-made liquors. Speedboats tend to get tied up to each other in line so that people can go from one boat to the next, making new friends, meeting old ones, sharing food and drinks. People swim from one boat to another, or alternatively use zodiacs and jet skis. In terms of drink supply, catamarans are the place to be for endless supply by sponsors such as local rum distilleries or beer breweries. Some catamarans host music bands such as THIS ONE. The atmosphere is joyous, fun and friendly, attracting people from other islands such as St Lucia or St Vincent.
Have a look at this VIDEO, which captured quite well the atmosphere at the regatta this year.
Every summer, everyone in Martinique gathers to watch or take part in the annual regatta, a week-long race with traditional wooden boats. Those boats are called Yoles and their particularity is their square sail. Sailing is handled using large wooden sticks which the sailors lean on, as you can see HERE.
The regatta lasts from Sunday to Sunday, the first day being called “The prologue”, and every subsequent leg goes from town to town along the coast. The Yoles start racing around 9am and usually take 3 hours to get to the finish line. During that time, many boats owned by individuals or catamarans rented by groups of people follow the race from afar, being kept well away from the Yoles by the marine police.
Once the race is over, then THE PARTY STARTS on the boats at sea! But I’ll cover that in my next post.
I took those photos while following the 4th leg of the race this year, from Fort-de-France to Diamant (south west on this MAP).
On my way to Nantes, I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t think I would like Nantes as much as I did. I found the town very homely and I even pictured myself living there. I walked a lot around town, visited its many churches and went to some very good restaurants. I didn’t think much of the riverside but I really liked the city center. Moreover, many roadworks are underway, which will certainly greatly improve the layout of the town. Big thumbs up for Nantes!
What an amazing natural Park! If you ever go to Croatia, do not forget to go to Plitvice. I spent a full day on a 12 hour excursion walking every single path in the park. A straight shoot of beautiful sighting, which prevented me from feeling tired from all the walking. Lakes, waterfalls, water snakes, a natural park very well preserved and protected from man-made pollution or harm. It is not possible to swim in the lakes or rivers, but if it is the price to pay to maintain the place as is, then I am very happy to comply.