This post is in response to a question I asked on my Facebook wall. I asked what people most wanted to see me blog about. It was pretty unanimous that everyone wanted to see just a standard day on Party of Five in pictures. Based on that, Rhonda and I endeavored to take as many pictures of a day on Party of Five. Once I began going through the pictures I realized there were just too many for a single post. This post will be “Part 1” and comprise our morning that day. Enjoy!
The kids got up and made their own breakfast. It was a little unusual as we have a rule on Party of Five that the kids aren’t allowed out of their cabins until Rhonda and I are up. It may sound cruel, but they just don’t know how to be quiet and we don’t enjoy being woken at 5:30am
After breakfast was provisioning time. This involves a dinghy ride in Le Marin which is around the point WAY off in the distance. A dinghy ride of about 4km!
First we head towards the Club Med dock. Sounds easy, but we need to avoid the 3 waterskiing boats that are constantly taking people from the dock to around the bay. This was also a scary ride when we first got here as the water in front of the resort is full of reef. Since the water is so clear its darn nervewracking to watch the reef whiz by at what looks like 1ft under the dinghy.
Once we pass the Club Med, we turn the corner into Le Marin bay. This is where things can get interesting. The swells have about 3km to build up here and a small amount of wind can make VERY unpleasant 2ft rollers. On at least one occasion, we have said “screw this” and turned around. It can be a backbreaking and VERY wet ride. We try hard to pick calm days.
Passing one of the worlds super yachts is a pretty common occurrence down here. Most of the time, the crews are fantastic and wave as we zip past (look close, this crew saluted us). This particular yacht is 51.8M (170ft) long (POF is 11.99M) and is definitely one of the 5 largest sailboats I have ever seen. She was recently listed for sale and sold for an undisclosed price, however her listing was 17.8 million euro!
Once through the channel, we bear to port and head into the mangroves towards the boatyard. Here you can see the Leader Price dinghy dock where we will tie up. Brilliant business strategy by Leader Price to provide a dock for cruisers to tie up to.
Leader Price is a little strange for Canadians. Its like a cross between a Costco and a Superstore. No flash or posh, just simple shelves and aimed at budget shoppers.
We are indeed in France and no locals would eat a dinner without wine. As such every supermarket carries a large selection of “table” wines. Despite being fantastic wines, they are all very affordable as its considered a staple here. The white bag to the right is one of my favorite red wines. However, I no longer drink it since my last gout attack.
Of course there is a beer isle. Since Leader Price is a budget minded store they only stock a few of the very cheap brands. Yes beer is sold by the can in Martinique. Buy as many as you like, but they are X amount each.
Martinique was a pretty big history in the production of rum in the Caribbean. As such the store also carries a complete shelf of rums. Most Canadians would find these type of rums a little unpalatable as they are quite harsh and burny (is that a word). Rum in Martinique is typically drank in a drink called a T-Punch. The harsh flavor is offset with sugar syrup and a acid (usually lime juice). I do have to admit they can be addicting.
I had to take a picture of a French blood sausage that our friends on Grateful introduced us to. Its definitely not for everyone, but Quincy, Jonah and myself liked it.
Of course we are in France so there is cheese. An entire cooler of AMAZING cheeses to be had. Can you tell why we are putting on pounds in this island.
Shopping done.. Now we need to get all that out of the cart and into our dinghy. Again, brilliant business move by Leader Price as we can roll our cart right down to our dinghy. In other islands we usually have to carry our groceries for at least a few blocks.
Groceries loaded in the dinghy and we have made our way back to the boat. It’s a very slow ride home as we take it easy and try not to get the groceries wet (usually futile).
The groceries don’t go directly in the boat. We leave them in cockpit as we sort and process them. We don’t want any critters moving aboard. Ahh, I forgot to mention that this run also included a stop to the fuel dock (red gerry cans) and a stop to a shop to get a butane bottle.
That’s it.. Stay tuned for the next post, where we put this stuff away and then head to the beach for some spearfishing and a beach fire!