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January 2018 touring the Caribbean Sea – Part 2

Philipsburg, St Martin

Saint Martin is an island in the northeast Caribbean Sea, approximately 190 miles east of Puerto Rico.

View of mountain alongside the city of Philipsburg.
111 Philipsburg, St Martin mountain view

Wooden courthouse in downtown Philipsburg
Philipsburg, St Martin Courthouse

We noticed many box cars that had been severely damaged during the 2017 hurricanes.
113 Philipsburg, St Martin - Hurricane Maria damage

The full moon shining over the ocean as we departed St Martin.
114 St Martin - Evening Moon over Sea

Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is a territory of France located in the West Indies.  Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1493.  It is the largest and most populous European Union territory in North America.

Suzanna next to gigantic Elephant Ears plants.
115 Guadaloupe - Enormous Elephant Ear Plants

We took a trek through the rainforest to see the Cabret Waterfalls.
116 Guadaloupe - Path to Cabret Waterfalls

View of the upper and lower Cabret Waterfalls.
117 Guadaloupe - Cabret Waterfalls

In the distance we could view steam rising from the active Grande Soufrière volcano.
118 Guadaloupe - View of active Grande Soufrière volcano

The Allée Dumanoir Road in Basse Terre was lined with Royal Palms.
119 Guadaloupe - Basse Terre - Allée Dumanoir Road

St Johns, Antigua

Antigua is an island in the West Indies. It became an independent nation in 1981.

We took a long trek through the Antiguan rainforest and both up and over one of the higher mountains on Antigua.
120 Antigua-St Johns - Rainforest Hike

While standing on an old lava flow at the top of the mountain, we were able to look down over the island.
121 Antigua-St Johns - View from Mountaintop

From the top of the mountain we were able to view Active Soufriere Hills Volcano on the nearby island country of Montserrat, which last erupted in July 1995.
122 Antigua-St Johns - View of Montserrat Active Soufriere Hills Volcano-July 1995 eruption

The lemon grass near the top of the mountain was taller than us.
123 Antigua-St Johns - Rainforest Hike

Sailing back to the Port of Miami, Florida

All dressed up at the Gala Night dinner on the cruise ship.
124 Gala Night


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