Road trip, part deux.

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Picturesque St-Pierre was devastated by a volcano in 1902.
Yesterday's road trip was such a success, we decide to repeat it and explore the north half of the island. Our nice Hertz man sets us up with the same car and off we go!

We quickly discover another distillery, Neissen, but they are closed because it's Sunday. We end up driving too far up a mountain looking for signs of life, and have to back down a eroded narrow road. On our way down, we pass another car making the same mistake.

Our favorite stop is the town of St-Pierre, which was decimated by a volcano in 1902. Everywhere there are overgrown ruins and decay, mixed with new construction and evidence of commerce. It's fascinating, and we spend some time walking the entire length of the town. It is ridiculously picturesque and I take dozens of photos.
St-Pierre street scene.

From there we head towards the perpetrating volcano, Mont Pelée. Our goal is to hike to the top, and we come darn close. Well, not that close. But after an arduous 45 minutes of climbing, we feel a sense of accomplishment nonetheless. No need to waste the entire day in this endeavour! We enjoy the gorgeous view, pant a bit, and head back down, sympathizing with the poor suckers on their way up. They inquire in French if the end is near. We give them a wry look and a chuckle, "Non, non. Mais non."

Fodor's has given a star to a restaurant called Le Colibri in Morne-des-Esses. It's remote and hard to find, but soooo worth the drive. We have a wonderful, slow Sunday meal. My soufflé is completely perfect, and Steve is in raptures over his Civet de Lapin (bunny rabbit stew). It's so good I want to stay there until I am hungry once again.

But we must and do return. Of course, we do not starve. We are served wonderful salads and an enormous pizza at L'embarcadere in the Creole Village. (We have given up trying to be served anything at Sofitel. Everyone who works there ignores us. We are invisible at Sofitel.). The service at L'embarcadere is so prompt, so friendly, so competent, we triple tip and leave with great big smiles.
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Picturesque St-Pierre was devastat…
Picturesque St-Pierre was devasta…
St-Pierre street scene.
St-Pierre street scene.
St-Pierre shop.
St-Pierre shop.
photo by: cmgervais