Martinique, C’est Bon!

Exploring Martinique today aboard Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper; both a slice of Europe in the Caribbean. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Thursday, December 17, 2015
This morning, Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper got in touch with her European heritage – all without ever leaving the Caribbean.
Just after 0800, we came alongside Fort-de-France, Martinique; a slice of both European and French influence in the Caribbean. Martinique is the largest of the Windward Islands, but it is also part of the European Union. Accordingly, the currency you’ll need ashore is the Euro (€). Didn’t bring any? No problem; there are several bankomat (ATM) machines located throughout Fort-de-France.

Welcome to Fort-de-France, Martinique! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Welcome to Fort-de-France, Martinique! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The first thing you'll notice is that a very colourful pier apron brings you into the heart of the city. Colour is a major part of Martinique's look and feel. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The first thing you’ll notice is that a very colourful pier apron brings you into the heart of the city. Colour is a major part of Martinique’s look and feel. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Our time here was regrettably short. Fort-de-France is the most interesting port in the Caribbean that I’ve come acr

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