Life & Travels Afloat in our Moody
With a few hours to kill before the ferry sails, a wander round Fort de France was appropriate. In total contrast to yesterday, the shutters were up and the town was alive. ( The sheep on the cruise ship yesterday must have been bored stiff !)
The town is a curious mix of colonial and ?. The 2 most interesting buildings are the library and the cathedral that were brought here flat-packed. Unlike the average Ikea kit, these look to have been a mix of cast-iron frames and infill panels of some other material, and were successfully put together.
Anyway, manfully resisting the dubious charms of Macdonalds, KFC and Subway, we strolled around and ended up at the demanded time for the ferry. Quite why this had to be 90 minutes before a sailing of the same duration beats me! So back to Castries, and the minibus to Rodney Bay.
Now to the tricky bit. Once we have paid the marina and a couple of other bill, cleared customs, etc, we have to sail sans moteur back to Martinique. Getting out of the marina is one challenge, but should be ok with a bit of help to get off the pontoon. The forecast is good for a crossing tomorrow, but then it gets progressively more difficult. We will have to beat up the narrow bay with its reefs and channels to the town anchorage. I am really not looking forward to this……….