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17th November, 2014

Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe, our penultimate Caribbean call, is another Department of France and so English is not widely spoken, however our guide to the Floral Park and Severin rum distillery was a charming young chap whose slow delivery made him relatively easy to understand. We had docked in Pointe-a-Pitre, just ahead of an unusual looking super yacht apparently owned by some Russian oligarch. Other tours also went off towards the mountainous Basse Terre region, including the ‘La Soufriere Summit Walk’, a serious hike to the top of the volcano.

We had considered this one, but the alternative tour to the park in the rain forest was great, not just for the plants and flowers on display in the well tended park, but for the drive through the beautiful rural scenery on the way. The old fashioned sugar mill, still maintained in working order, was very traditional, complete with a great water wheel. Our fellow guests were suitably impressed with the variety of drinks that were on sale in the shop and, by my observations at least, the rum tasting that preceded their purchases.

On our departure a crew member of the super yacht stepped out, presumably to observe in case we were getting too close. I presume there was not much he could have done about it even if we did, but you never know what other ‘toys’ they might have inside those secret hulls.

Captain Philip Rentell

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