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Sea life of Gwada (Guadeloupe)

Supermarket goods on Guadeloupe are as expensive as in Europe, if not even more because of import costs from France and French colonies in Central and south America. This is a solid excuse for tasting local recipes based on sea food. Still… same same but different. If you ask for a Dorade in Guadeloupe, you get it sliced like if it was a sword fish. If you think a Lambi (conch shell) might be a good snack with beer, don’t order dinner later. Everything grows unexpectedly larger here in Gwada, especially for a tourist used to the Mediterranean environment. Gwada, Lambi, Bokit (aka “bucket” sandwich) and Gwo-ka (drum music) are some of the creole words you will easily stumble upon during your stay.

Les Métropolitains, town beach of Sainte-Anne with (mostly?) European tourists

Fisherman at work on local-sized Dorade fishes at the harbor, Saint-François

Romance on the beach of Saint-Anne

Lambi (conch shell) and beer, an appreciated combo in Saint-François

The cemetery-beach or the beach-cemetery of Saint-François

Promenada Pointe-à-Pitre, whatever-fish-I-catched daily market

Click each picture to zoom in.

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1. My lady of Guadeloupe

My lady of Guadeloupe

Constantly rocked by Atlantic gusts onboard my 777 flight, I understood why Cristoforo Colombo named Guadalupe the shores he reached with his second voyage. “Jesus Christ“, “Holy Mary“, “My God” would have been good alternatives to me. Of course, nothing against Colombo’s choice: he invoked “Our Lady of Guadalupe” for his fleet, endangered by tropical storms exactly 526 years ago.

Pelican with rusty neck, harbor of Saint-François

The flight from Paris-Orly to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe took me only eight hours. Colombo needed six week-long sailing from Cadiz, Spain. Colombo looked for new commercial routes through the West, slaves, gold and spices. I got to Guadeloupe to meet my friend Josè, cultural mediator at Île du Monde, a Paris-based organization that documents the cultural diversity present in France and Europe. Recently crowned with UNESCO, Josè and his crew were sent to Guadeloupe by the French State, thus to compile an official report on the intangible cultural heritage of this Caribbean island.

Coconut palm trees on the town beach of Sainte-Anne

“What do you know about Guadeloupe?”, he asked me and I was asking myself while flying over the blue vacuity of the Atlantic. Caribbean seas, never-ending summer, winter holidays for métropolitains (meaning French citizens of the European territories)… zika virus, dengue fever, maybe… diving? What do I expect to picture there? Wild pelicans, white beaches and tall coconut trees… what’s more?

Back from school at Mare Gailard

What is the cultural heritage my friend is documenting in Guadeloupe? More than 15 million Africans were traded as slaves to central/south America along four centuries. Do their ancestors still honor their roots or did they get Frenchisized? What happened to Guadeloupe natives? Are there still any? Why was Josè so excited for the opportunity to document a Ramayana event during the Indian (from India?) cultural week of Guadeloupe?

Indian dancers (from India) in Schoelcher square, Sainte-Anne

Despite that Josè invitation sounded as indecipherable as Lisbon story postcard to Winter, I set sails to reach my friend. Follow me in the next weeks and add much more than pelicans and tropical beaches to your own postcard of Guadeloupe. Pictures shot by Lorenzo Borghi, editing by Maria Francesca. All pictures ­© artborghi. Click each picture to zoom in.

New Episodes (published from 9.12.2019 to 10.01.2020 every Mon, Thu, Fri )

2. Sea life of Gwada (Guadeloupe)

3. La Métropole

Big fishes

Snapping the tail of a trigger fish

A purple star fish

A stingray hovering on the sea bed

The monster from the Abyss

Jelly encounters of the third kind

Tordo verde through a Poseidonia prairie

The curious eye of a trigger fish

Underwater pictures shot either with Huawei p30 pro or Olympus Though-1. Click each picture to zoom in.

Previous episodes:

1 Sardinia welcomes
2 Blues alla Carbonara
3 Summer greens
4 Barriers
5 Row, row, row your boat
6 Bend it
7 Walk on ancient rocks
8 Under landscapes
9 Team Players

Under landscapes

A glimpse on the sea bottom variability present in the Natural Marine Area of Capo Carbonara. White granite rocks covered with multicolored algae, blue depths, Posidonia sea beds. And fishes.

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Timiama

Capo Carbonara

Cala Caterina

Cala Pira

Underwater pictures shot either with Huawei p30 pro or Olympus Though-1. Click each picture to zoom in.

Previous episodes:

1 Sardinia welcomes
2 Blues alla Carbonara
3 Summer greens
4 Barriers
5 Row, row, row your boat
6 Bend it
7 Walk on ancient rocks

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