Saturday, December 24, 2011

Day 166- Les Saintes, Guadeloupe

We're enjoying exploring Les Saintes.  Actually so much that I've been lax about blogging.  We're spending more time here than in most places due to weather (high swell from storms in the Northern Atlantic) and wanting to have fairly reliable internet access for Christmas.  The island is small enough to walk everywhere, though most people travel by scooter. We've been keeping busy by hiking, swimming and playing on the various beaches, snorkeling off the boat, exploring most of the shops in town, and attending the local Christmas festivals.   Christmas is refreshingly low key here compared to Antigua or the US for that matter.  There are a handful of houses that have a few decorations up. The Christmas festival is the only place we've heard Christmas music.  Locals sang French songs all to the same merengue type beat,  stands sold crepes, fish fritters, and beer.   The locals start drinking around 10 am but not sure that it has anything to do with the holidays.  Overall a great experience and we're feeling lucky to be able to spend Christmas in a place like this. 

The local library

The view from Fort Napolean

Borealis in the harbor

Our favorite place to get French goodies

Picking up the daily baguette order

Spice market

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