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view of La Soufriere volcano, topped with clouds

Climbing La Soufrière Volcano in Guadeloupe

As you might have guessed from my description of walking to Le Carbet waterfall #2, I’m not much for walking or hiking. It’s not that I don’t enjoy a pretty view or like to catch sight of a pretty bird or waterfall. I do. It’s just that I’m terribly out of shape, and that’s because…

view of Deshaies seen from a hill above, as used in the starting credits of "Death in Paradise"

The Paradise in “Death in Paradise”: Deshaies

Visiting Deshaies was a bit surreal for me. Have you ever visited a theme park? Disney’s Main Street, for example, or Harry Potter studio, where the designers do their best to create a feeling that you’ve been transported to another place or time: a place or time you already know well? That’s how I felt…

A view of the master's house at Coffee plantation La Grivelière

Two Coffee Plantations in Guadeloupe

First of all, a confession: I don’t drink coffee. It’s not that I’m some sort of puritan; it’s just that I don’t like the taste. People say I could develop a taste, but I just don’t see why I would want to. When others drink coffee, I drink tea. Nevertheless, I visited two different coffee plantations…

the view from the Carbet Waterfall #2 entrance

Carbet Waterfall #2: A Rainforest Walk

Although it rains in Guadeloupe a bit much for my liking, the rain does have a few positive effects: a gorgeously lush, green environment, and gloriously full waterfalls. (Zie Nederlandse versie beneden.) Given many waterfalls to choose from, I chose Carbet Waterfall #2 because it would involve a walk, but not a serious hike. Carbet…

a view of banana trees in the grounds of the Banana Museum

A quirky Banana Museum in Guadeloupe

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a fan of quirky, small museums. The Maison de la Banane (Banana House) in Trois-Rivières, Guadeloupe, certainly falls into that category. I knew this was going to be one of those odd little museums as soon as I pulled into the little parking lot in…

The night noises of Guadeloupe

It was four in the morning when I began writing this post. I just arrived in Guadeloupe last evening and, with the six-hour time difference, my internal clock told me it was well past time to get up. Seeing it was still dark out, I lay there listening to the sounds of the night and…

full backpack interior

Packing for a solo trip

My packing is done—except for a few toiletries—and I’m ready to go! I leave on Tuesday for a month-long solo trip to Guadeloupe, Martinique, then to visit family in Connecticut, then to a TBEX conference in Spain. In June I’ll leave on another solo trip, this time for two months. Besides the issues of solo…

a view of the village of Deshaies, Guadeloupe

Choosing a Travel Destination: A Confession

I have a confession to make. It’s about how I chose my travel destination for next month. Have you ever seen the BBC show “Death in Paradise”? It’s a murder mystery series, a pretty common format on the BBC. In this case, the Detective Inspector is a goofy, absent-minded, but absolutely brilliant crime-solver. He’s assisted by…