Martinique- Fort-de-France

Martinique

 

Is a lovely island in the lesser Antilles (South Eastern Caribbean) and is part of the French Republic. As such, it has a great French and Creole culture.

Fort-de-France

is the capital of Martinique and though it has always been the administrative capital, it was once overshadowed by Saint-Pierre, the cultural highlight of Martinique.  That is, until Saint-Pierre was destroyed by the volcano in 1902 (click here to read about Saint-Pierre and see more photos!).

 

If you’re curious what that volcano looks like now, click here to read the post on my hike to the top!

 

Exploring Fort-de-France, Martinique.  A Caribbean adventure!

 

Exploring Fort-de-France, Martinique.  A Caribbean adventure!

 

 

Josephine

 

My favorite part of Fort-de-France is the statue of Josephine. My travel partner, Kat, had heard of this statue and told me it was vandalized (it’s headless and bloody.  Yes seriously). She wondered if it had since been “repaired.” Luckily for us, it had not (and I doubt it ever will be).

 

A statue commemorating Martinique-born Empress Josephine, the wife of Napoleon, is in the gardens of La Savane. It was vandalized in the 1990s, presumably by individuals who blamed her for supporting the reestablishment of slavery on the island.

-wikipedia

 

Click here to learn more about Josephine

beheaded and bloody Empress Josephine statue in martinique

 

 

Schoelcher Library

 

Libraries are cool! … so of course, we had to go visit! It is a simply beautiful building and easy to find near the gardens of la Savane (a block or two away from the statue of Josephine).

 

From US News Travel:

The building was originally designed and built for an 1889 exposition in Paris before it was shipped to Martinique and reassembled along the west side of La Savane. It was named in honor of slavery abolitionist Victor Schoelcher.

 

 

Cool Library.  Exploring Fort-de-France, Martinique.  A Caribbean adventure!

 

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

- Jorge Luis Borges

 

 

Cool Library. Exploring Fort-de-France, Martinique.  A Caribbean adventure!

 

 

Sacre-Coeur de Balata

 

A smaller-scaled replica of the well-known tourist destination in Paris, France, Sacre-Coeur de Balata is a sight to see! Not too far out of Fort-de-France, it is situated high in the mountains and is home to some lovely vistas. If you have the time, it’s an easy trip and worth it for the views and lovely architecture.

 

It’s easy to find on the way to Jardin de Balata, the botanical gardens north of Fort-de-France. Take the N3 out of Fort de France heading north (know that getting OUT of Fort de France is not the easiest. Every time we were there, we would pretty much guess which way might take us out, and hopefully on the correct road. There will be signs to Balata, so that is helpful).  Both the gardens (Jardin de Balata) and Sacre-Coeur are further away from Fort de France than you might think.  I would approximate 20-30 minute drive. Sacre-Coeur de Balata will be directly on the road and you can’t miss it!

 

Sacré-Cœur de Balata Church. Exploring Fort-de-France, Martinique.  A Caribbean adventure!

 

Thank you for visiting me on another part of my Martinique adventure! I travel often and love seeking out different things to do and see. If you’re planning on traveling sometime soon, feel free to leave a comment and I will expedite a post for you (if it’s somewhere I’ve been… and I’ve been to a lot of places).

 

Many of you may have realized that I used to do a lot more posts and have since cut back.  I realized I was spending far too much time writing posts (though I love sharing them- they just take a lot of time and effort…. and research. Though that’s my own fault- I want to be sure I’m giving the best information I can!), so I’ve cut back to approximately one per week. Still, if you have post preferences (locations/adventures, recipes, geeky/diy ideas, eco friendly stuff, etc) be sure to let me know in the comments!

 

 

Cool Library. Exploring Fort-de-France, Martinique.  A Caribbean adventure!

 

 

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  • Have you ever visited a location with a defaced or otherwise altered statue or monument? What sort of character did it add to the location?  
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