How many subjects, bodies, faces, landscapes, situations I missed during my seven days in Guadeloupe. How many of them I tried to capture while driving around with the friends of Île du Monde on the whirling roads of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre. Time’s up, looking forward for my return to you, Gwada. Many thanks to Josè, Stephanie, Daniel and his family for the exciting atmosphere during our stay on Guadeloupe.
Pedestrian crossing in Sainte-Rose
Street life in Pointe-à-Pitre
Our hats of Mare Gailard
Back from shopping in Beaumanoir
Funeral dress code in Staine-Anne
Running kid in Pointe-à-Pitre
Final thanks to the tree-frogs at 16°14’28.1″N 61°24’35.4″W – very welcome background music for my tropical nights.
Protection for human rights, bio-diversity, history and tradition. Protection is a word with several meanings in Guadeloupe. A recent history of blood shed to fight slavery and of worker immigration from all over the world, well documented in the museum Memorial ACTe, is at the base of Gwada modern society.
Entrance to the red-light district, Pointe-à-Pitre
The Memorial ACTe, part of UNESCO’s Slave Route Project, Pointe-à-Pitre
Sunny umbrellas of Pointe-à-Pitre
A vanilla plant climbing an incense tree in the jungle of Sainte-Rose
Vanilla plants, incense trees, termite nest, singing cicadas… the delicate network of a tropical jungle
Waiting for the bus at Morne-à-l’Eau
The Cathedral Saint Pierre et Saint Paul , Pointe-à-Pitre
Guadeloupe standard of living is among the highest in the eastern Caribbean. Bananas and sugarcane are the principal cash crops. Tourism is one of the strongest sources of income. Still, high prices due to the protected French market are among the causes for the weak economic improvement of the last decades. Guadeloupe is a place of contrasts, where pockets of poverty and neglected infrastructures are interspersed between amazing nature and friendly people.
Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” adapted to time and place, Pointe-à-Pitre
(Delicious) coconut sorbet must give way to a tourist bus at La pointe des châteaux