Sailing Around The World

A Day In Martinique Island

Today was a very busy day, it started with a 20 minute dinghy ride around Fort de France to the shipyard where the French Navy had there battle ship at dock and several freighters tied up. As we zipped along in our dinghy I looked up at these mammoth ships and felt like a mosquito among giants. After our failed trip to find a GPS mapping card for our Garmin chart plotter we zipped back to Dragonsbane under the shadows of the giant ships and the eyes of Fort de France watching us move across the bay. Shortly after arriving to Dragonsbane we noticed our British neighbor’s boat was gone and we assumed they had left as the anchorage we are in is so packed with yachts that you could walk from yacht to yacht to shore without getting your feet wet. But my dad noticed that their boat had slipped on its anchor and was drifting out of control through a gantlet of sailboats and was at risk of damaging herself and others. My dad and I jumped into the dinghy and boarded the boat to find Pauline freaking out and to make a long story short we helped her reset the anchor and made sure she was safe. After our excitement with the drifting boat we went to shore and walked the busy city streets and ended up at the spice market. As I entered the spice market there was an overwhelming amount of fresh spices, fruit, handmade goods, and RUM everywhere you could look. I spent time smelling all the fresh raw spices, vanilla, thyme, curry, coca, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and pineapple. I purchased fresh cloves, curry, and raw coca that now fills Dragonsbane’s cabin with a exotic mixture of spices that compliments the ocean breeze. After spending time in the market I enjoyed walking the endless streets packed with fine clothing, multiple linen, and shoe stores that it would take a month to see each one. I enjoyed walking through a very old library where the books where tanned brown and hundreds of years old, and the original Catholic church that had huge vaulted ceilings. I then made my way back to Dragonsbane and spent the rest of the day scrubbing her belly so Dragonsbane sailed at top speed. After a salty bath and rinsing off in fresh water our British neighbors joined us for cocktails as we exchanged our tails of the sea and all our boat issues. Once again another good day!

Good night and Thanks,

Jacques

Sailing into the Island of Martinique

Sailing into the Island of Martinique

Walking the City Streets of Martinique

Walking the City Streets of Martinique

Walking in the market streets

Walking in the market streets

Shopping for spices

Shopping for spices

Lots of spices to buy and smell

Lots of spices to buy and smell

Walking in the old Library with very old books!

Walking in the old Library with very old books!

The church, I didn't take pictures inside for respect of others.

The church, I didn’t take pictures inside for respect of others.

Our Anchorage

Our Anchorage! Took this from the dinghy as I rowed. 

 

Thanks again for reading my blog,

Jacques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 responses

  1. Marsha skellenger

    Three days ago Chelsea told me about the voyage and your blog. I started readimarsha.skellengerng from the beginning and look forward to each days entrance you do. Thank you! Better than a novel. Wishing you safe travels and memories to last a lifetime. Marsha Skellenger

    February 16, 2013 at 5:52 am

    • Thanks you! I am glad you are enjoying the blog. Sometimes I can get a post out due to radio issues or there’s no internet where I am at. But I will try my best to post everyday.

      February 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm

  2. paul & judy

    We are living your experience through our blog… it’s amazing… love the pictures too. P&J

    February 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    • Thanks Paul & Judy, love hearing from you and will try my best with the blog!

      February 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm