|. On the beach at Sainte Anne in Guadeloupe, FWI. As you can see (by the hand gestures), tout le monde parle français ici!
|Somewhat capriciously, Nancy & I decided to take a
short trip down to Guadeloupe (where neither of us had
ever been). Because it's part of the French West Indies,
we thought it might be a good place to brush up on our
French. We've had little opportunity to speak French in
the last 10 years, and we're anticipating spending some
time in France this summer as part of our French Canal
Online, we found a Language School in Sainte Anne and
we signed up for a week of French lessons. They
found us a little one-bedroom apartment within walking
distance of the school.
Turns out, there are virtually no direct flights from the
USA to Guadeloupe. I gather incredibly few Americans
ever go there. We flew (on Air France) from Miami to
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, then on to Pointe-à-Pitre,
Guadeloupe. On the 3-hour flight, we were served two
meals - complete with free beer and wine! We knew
we weren't in the USA anymore!
|Arriving at the airport, we rented a car - actually a Ford "Ka"
which appeared to be about 2/3 of a real Kar! But with gas at
well over $5/gal, its 3-cylinder engine & 5-speed transmission
turned out to be just the ticket for getting around the island(s).
|. In the apartment above ours in Ste. Anne there were
. 2 dogs & 2 cats who spent a lot of time visiting us...
|Dou Dou seemed a comical
name for toilet paper...
|But even funnier for a restaurant!