Category Archives: CULTURE
Last November, I seized the opportunity to travel to the Guadeloupe Islands archipelago.
One of the highlights of my visit was a side trip to Les Saintes, a cluster of seven islands, located seven miles south off the coast of mainland Guadeloupe. In essence, an archipelago within an archipelago.
Les Saintes’ idyllic plots—two of which are inhabited Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas—are accessible only by boat, via a 40-minute ferry ride.
Together, these islands represent what I imagine the Caribbean was decades ago: a place with more bicycles than vehicles, where chain resorts are absent, where going barefoot is a real proposition and not just a marketing gimmick, and where unpaved dirt paths lead to uncrowded, clean beaches.
Throw in a French way of life—think bakeries, leisurely sidewalk lunches, funky French designer beachwear boutiques, French cuisine >> Continue reading
As time permits this week, I plan to share portraits of some wonderful people I met while writing my second guidebook, Moon Belize Cayes.
Although the fun side of my work allows me to meet intriguing characters, I often don’t have the time to capture everyone who crosses my path. But when I see a striking face and a personality that embodies what I consider to be “Belize,” I do my best to capture their portrait and add them to my Faces of Belize project that I started in 2011.
Here’s one I took a little over a week ago of Mr. Domingo Lewis, the lighthouse keeper on Hunting Caye, one of Belize’s most remote islands in the deep southern marine reserve of the Sapodilla Cayes.
“The lighthouse isn’t working at the moment, so I guess I’m on vacation!” he said, smiling and taking it upon himself to show me the most beautiful side of his island.
After our tour ended and I headed back to neighboring Lime Caye, he stopped by a couple of hours later to visit with his friends on the island and catch the sunset. He brought a bottle of local rum and sliced a fresh coconut to mix. “Ah, beautiful Belize!” he kept >> Continue reading