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This week’s FriFotos theme is “Thanks.”
While I could produce an endless photo essay on the blessings that have come my way in 2013, I chose to focus on one of my recent moments of gratitude: the warm welcome I received while visiting Guadeloupe Islands this month.
Long after the stunning scenery, delicious meals and adventure activities, it’s the faces I remember. The stories, the hospitality, the smiles.
If Jamaicans set the bar for friendliness in the English-speaking Caribbean, Guadeloupeans do so for the French side. I was struck by how polite and welcoming the people are on this French yet African-spirited archipelago, even beyond the service in restaurants or the constant “bonjour” I received when passing a stranger, from urban areas to rainforest trails.
It’s one of the main reasons I felt like returning.
Below are just a handful of the wonderful souls who made my trip that much more memorable, from scheduled to serendipitous encounters.
Have you ever set foot in a market anywhere in the Caribbean where the first thing a vendor did was smile and invite you to “come, take pictures”? And that “you have a nice camera, might as well use it”? Unobtrusive and charming, they were as curious >> Continue reading
When I read that this week’s Frifotos theme over on Twitter was gardens, my immediate thought was: Chicago!
My first visit to the windy city was this summer, and Chi-town blew me away — the lake views, the beaches, the stunning architecture and river, the grand plazas with statues and monuments, and lots and lots of parks. I almost felt as if I were in western Europe.
Everywhere I turned, there was a bench or a verdant corner where I could sit and watch the world go by. And did it ever go by! Cyclists, runners, moms with strollers, lovers napping and picnicking on the lawns, kids splashing about in fountains – it seemed as if >> Continue reading