French Flair

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This French Caribbean is­land, which mea­sures only 425 square miles, has been home to more than its fair share of fa­mous peo­ple. Em­press Josephine, wife of Napoleon, was born on Mar­tinique in 1763; and Paul Gau­guin, one of the great post-Im­pres­sion­ist painters, lived on the is­land in 1887.

In Fort-de-France, the cap­i­tal, visit La Sa­vane

Park, which con­sists of 12 acres of splen­did trop­i­cal land­scap­ing.

Other high­lights in­clude

Fort St. Louis, Em­press Josephine’s statue, the Schoelcher Li­brary, the Mu­nic­i­pal Theatre and

St. Louis Cathe­dral.

Ex­plore pic­turesque coves and a beau­ti­ful trop­i­cal reef where you will be able to view a va­ri­ety of corals, sponges and ex­otic sh. Snor­kel­ing o a se­cluded beach in a small shing vil­lage is an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence.

Taste of Fort-de-France

Be­cause of the is­land’s colo­nial his­tory, Mar­tinique’s cui­sine has dis­tinct French and Cre­ole in­flu­ences. A pop­u­lar condi­ment is called sauce chien, trans­lated to “dog sauce,” but it is merely a mix­ture of shal­lots, toma­toes and chili pep­pers.

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