Our next trip was down the island to the capital: Fort de France. Luckily, this time it was open and very busy when we arrived at the bus station. We timed our arrival superbly to coincide with the Carnival Parade by the preschool and primary pupils of the area. The theme for the costumes was colours of the world. So it was definitely bright and great fun to watch as they danced to the drums of the Samba bands and taped music from very large speakers on the back of vans.
We then took in the sights and had a tasty meal of in the local market. It was a much more interesting visit than last year. The city has a more European feel with modern buildings, while managing to maintain a charm of its own.
Martinique was the home of Napoleon's Josephine. Her statue was decapitated by the locals who blamed her for the reintroduction of slavery. They also decapitated the main people in the plaque on the side of it. We spent a while using our historical knowledge to identify some of the people.