We rented a Citroën Jumpy for the day. It’s a cool European minivan. It was very different than any minivan you would find in USA or Canada. It had a 2.0L turbo diesel mated to a 6 speed manual transmission.
It was pretty plainly equipped but had seating for 9.. Gloriously, it also had AC.
One of Martinique’s various solar farms. Frankly we don’t know why there are not more of these in the Caribbean. There is so much sun down here I’m pretty sure they could power entire islands with solar and wind. Unfortunately they keep using diesel generators and the cost of electricity is some of the most expensive in the world.
We found a neat little abandoned campground and restaurant to have our lunch at.
It was very neat to look around and picture what this place was like in its hayday. It was a little sad.
After lunch we headed back to Sainte Pierre to view the runs of the 1902 volcanic eruption. As I mentioned before, that eruption killed 30,000 people.
All that is left of the original storefronts and warehouses at the waterfront.
View from down below.
Jonah and Guido got overheated so they took a break under a shady tree.
A brand new palm tree.
We headed inland and we treated to spectacular views in Le Morne Rouge. Rhonda’s flu had got the best of her and she remained in the van.
Le Morne Rouge also had a spectacular church and graveyard. Quite stunning.
A pretty darn big moth.
I’m definitely not a church person, but this was a damn beautiful place. This church was built in 1895.
The picture doesn’t do justice to this immaculate staircase.