Postcard of the Week: Along the Atlantic shores of Guadeloupe


While waiting on our lunch to be served at the seafront Creole restaurant, La Rhumerie du Pirate, located on Grande-Terre, I decided to walk towards the shore to look around and admire the views of Atlantic waves crashing against limestone rocks.

Behind the cliff-perched restaurant were over a dozen abandoned conch shells. A local passing by noticed my surprise and shared–after inquiring about my Guadeloupe trip–that fishermen leave these behind regularly for anyone who wants to take them home. “They’re beautiful, but you can’t travel with them,” she cautioned, unaware that I visit the Caribbean often enough to >> know this. I smiled, thanked her for the information and watched her leave with two shells in hand.

While taking photos of the coral against the blue seascape, marveling at the simple but striking Caribbean colors and at this unexpected rugged landscape on the easternmost tip of Guadeloupe’s main island, two kids walked into my frame. They were coming out to play and examine the shells, like I was.

This was one of my favorite moments from my trip, where I felt at peace and filled with gratitude for the gift of travel–how it has shaped my life for the better, and continues to do so some thirty years later.

Wishing everyone in the USA and away from home a warm, peaceful Thanksgiving weekend.


My trip to Guadeloupe Islands was sponsored by the Guadeloupe Tourist Board and ATOUT France, but all opinions, stories and gushing (if any) are my own.


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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller.
Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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