Terre de Haut is the main island in Les Saintes. It also has the main village that supports tourism here. You can clear in here, buy baguettes, eat crepes and pastries, stroll by the European-looking boutiques and cafes, and even recycle. Yes, recycle just like in Europe or the US. That’s a first for us since October. You can’t, however, change money to Euros the old-fashioned way. At least they have an ATM. Google even assumes that you want search results in French. Yikes.
We are now in the main harbor on a mooring (the harbor is full of moorings). The view of the town is gorgeous.
Columbus discovered the island on 4 November 1493 and named is “Los Santos” since All Saints Day had just passed. The Spanish weren’t too interested in the islands and they seemed to have been largely ignored by Europeans for almost 200 years. Then, they passed back and forth among the English and the French, but ended up French. Apparently the island was settled by folks from Brittany and Normany. The people are quite friendly and speak a bit of English here and there.
We have quite the work ahead of us. There are many crepes, baguettes, and other good foods to eat, hills to climb, forts to visit and reefs to snorkel.
Yes, even the green bay packers fans show up in France.
Most people visit the islands during a day. They come over on the ferry from Guadaloupe in the morning and leave in the late afternoon. Once they leave, the streets look like this: