Cruise 2017 - Martinique
I'm a self-defined Francophone. I love speaking in French, listening to French, French culture, and eating French toast/fries. So, needless to say, I was super excited to visit Fort-de-France, Martinique for the first time.
We left the ship around 9 AM and the first thing we learned was that Martinique was a very expensive port. After haggling with cab drivers for a tour, we realized it was futile. The cheapest they would go was $50 per person and, with six people, it was just a little too much for us. Instead, we decided to make our own tour around the capital city. We started at La Savane, which is a little park in the middle of the city. We admired the beheaded statue of Empress Josephine, and my stepdad even found 50 Euros on the ground! Clearly a great start to the day.
The most exciting find of the day was the street market we stumbled upon. Being the only person who knows a lick of French in my family, I got to play the role of trusty translator. I helped Mom and Grandma haggle down the prices of spices, fruit, and even a liter of totally fresh coconut juice.
After the market, we stopped by the local boulangerie for some croissants and galette du rois, a traditionally French pastry with frangipane.
Martinique had one of my favorite cultures on the whole cruise. Despite us arriving there on a Sunday, the city came together to open some shops and let us experience their way of life. I can't wait to return (and eat more of those damn good croissants)!