Beaucoup de Rhum!

Trip Start May 13, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Martinique  , Martinique,
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

After moving from Trois-Ilets to more familiar and comfortable territory - back to Sainte Luce - it seemed only fair to pay a return visit to Sylvestre at the Trois Rivieres distillery to see if A) He had sobered up, and B) Was still in a generous mood.

Sure enough, rain or shine, he was completely off his rocker on rum! And this time he succeeded in giving us and a German couple a tour of the distillery in French. It was out of season for the machines to be running but he let us turn them on and then attempted to explain how it all worked. There were English signs but the intricacies of the process looked to be lost in translation. Nevertheless he proceeded on to cut us some sugar cane, pick bananas and limes, and let us play on the tractors, which was all marvellous fun. He was just as friendly and welcoming as the previous time, and the language barrier even seemed to help as he certainly wasn't as lively with the other French guests. Maybe he was enjoying mocking us to our faces - who knows!

Bananas Tractor

We also took the opportunity to visit another distillery - La Mauny - that was close by, to see if all distilleries hosted such brilliant characters, and also to see if there was any further information in English. The answers were no and no, so we quickly realised the grass isn't greener on the other side and returned to Trois Rivieries for a continually entertaining and amusing afternoon.



I can't actually remember the name of the place where we stayed this time but it was probably the best place with an English speaking owner, quite a large swimming pool and a table tennis table. Given this was an unexpected bonus week (of sorts) in Martinique we weren't in any hurry to see anything in particular so were very happy to chill out playing games and going for little walks down to the beach. One of the only downsides to this place was that it wasn't easy to walk anywhere at night, and options for dinner in Ste Luce were pretty limited. Mostly we cooked for ourselves and enjoyed some magnificently fresh fruit and veg - pineapples especially were amazing.
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