The beginning of this year, my husband and I decided we needed to travel with his job, for many reasons. His first assignment was Beautiful Martinique. When we decided to travel again, after three years in Idaho, we weren’t sure how his boss would take the request. Lucky for us, his boss is awesome, so it worked out. After much planning, working and packing, the big day finally arrived! Yippie!
Two weeks ago, we landed on this beautiful island and I am loving it so much. I made an announcement on this blog about our move, but I called the area the Southern Caribbean. Since arriving her, I have found out that it is really the West Indies. Doesn’t that sound exotic? My phone told me when I landed, so I didn’t spend $2 per text. I checked it out and wouldn’t you know it, the phone was right. I now live in the West Indies, on the beautiful island of Martinique. So cool!
Map downloaded from Maps of the World
A few months ago, I conducted a survey of my wonderful readers and one of the questions was if you were interested in posts about our travels and experiences here. The response was overwhelmingly yes. Something like 98%. So, in an effort to post what you want to read, here is my first Martinique post. I hope you will enjoy them. If you would like more in depth posts, you can subscribe to my other blog, Pebble Pirouette. I will have weekly posts about our experiences here, more in depth, because it is an actual travel blog.
When we arrived on the island, we had to drive to our temporary apartment. It is an Air BNB place and is quite nice. If you don’t know about Air BNB, you should check them out when you travel next. We are saving money over staying in a hotel, it’s an actual apartment, so we have a kitchen and can spread out, and it’s just 50 steps from the beach. How nice is that? (That’s a referral link, just so you know.)
This apartment is a little one bedroom, with a hot tub that is actually tepid because it’s too hot here for really hot water and the apartment is fully stocked with everything we need. They even had some food things here in case we didn’t want to go to the store the minute we arrived.
When we got here, we did want to go to the store because we don’t usually test out the tap water for drinking in countries that are not our own. The two pictures here are on our way to the store. The top looks out over the golf course and the bottom over the sea.
There are beautiful flowers everywhere you look here. These are a few of the examples. I don’t know what they are, but I ordered a book so I can figure it out. Everything is so green too. It’s the rainy season, although it hasn’t rained a ton, so it is pretty humid too. I don’t feel the need to put lotion on 15 times a day like in Idaho. I think my lotion budget will go down.
There are also tons of cool trees. These are just a few. I have already taken so many photos, but I don’t want to overwhelm you on the first post. Plus, it has to load and I don’t want it to take forever. The tree on the bottom left, the Mancenillier, it an extremely toxic tree. All of these types of trees on the island have the red stripe painted on them. You aren’t supposed to touch them or eat their fruit. I saw this one when we were walking by a beach one day. This is the only one I’ve seen so far though. We knew about this tree before we came because our youngest daughter had been doing some research and told us about it.
These pictures are of Fort de France, from the ferry. I took these the first time I went over. The one on the bottom left is of the actual fort, which is now a Navy base. The one on the top left is of the pier and the tall building is a hotel. I think that is the tallest building they have here.
We live in the town of Les Trois-Ilets and my husband works in the town of Fort de France. His job site is right on the port, on the other side of the bay from where we live. If he doesn’t have meetings somewhere else, he takes the ferry to work each day. Actually, his office isn’t even set up yet, but the fella that works with him has an apartment with really fast internet, so they have been mostly working there. When we move next week, we will have fast internet, but he gets his office on Friday, so the internet will be all mine! Sometimes I meet him at the boat when he comes home from work.
The sun sets on our side of the island and most of them are really spectacular. We walk on the beach almost every night, which is so wonderful. I think I’m really going to love it here. Do you think you could live here? This post was just a brief introduction. I want to know, what do you want to know about the island? Leave me a question in the comments and I will try to find out.
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