Dame Mary Eugenia Charles

Dominica’s first, and to date only, female prime minister, Dame Mary Eugenia Charles also has the distinction of being the nation’s longest-serving prime minister. The street running along the waterfront in the old part of Roseau is named in her honour. The ferry dock for Martinique, Guadeloupe and other islands is along this street. As is a luxury hotel – formerly a fort and colonial police station – where we splurged one night, and our favourite spot for breakfast – the CocoRico Café.

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Mother Falls, Father Falls

An easy hike through the rainforest leads to the twin falls (nicknamed the Mother and the Father) near the village of Trafalgar. A few pleasant surprises this morning: hot sulphur pools in which to to bathe alongside the path and being joined by Steve for the hike and other activities of the day. Thanks mon amour!

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Schoolbus Squash

Fortunately no one was in the school bus when Hurricane David ripped through Dominica in August 1979 and tore apart a giant Baobab tree in the Botanical Gardens of Roseau. Over a 6 hour period winds up to 150 mph destroyed many of the Garden’s trees.
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Ti’Punch Time

17:30 heures … le couche de soleil, une brise fraiche et un bon Ti’Punch à boire. La vie est belle.

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Ti’Punch: citron, sucre et rhum agricole. Boisson nationale de Martinique.