One of our favorite places on Martinique to explore has been the peninsular of Les Trois-Îlets, Les Anses-d’Arlet and Le Diamant. Touring this area by car rather than boat enabled us to see some magnificent vistas as the narrow roads snaked about the hilly terrain and into the small villages. Almost every hilltop exuded a “wow” from us. Sometimes it was a view of the ocean. Sometimes, the valley below with a small red-roof town.
Our day trip to this area began with the town of Les Trois-Îlets. This is the birthplace of Nepoleon Bonaparte’s beloved Joséphine. Her family’s sugar plantation is now the Pagerie Museum where among the exhibits is a few of the love letters from Napoleon. When we arrived in the town, it was clouding over a little bit and looked like it might rain. This time of year on Martinique we often get a little rain shower. But, few last more than fifteen minutes, or so. We ducked into a bakery and had a snack while we waited for the rain to pass. We also discovered a small market where we were able to purchase some of the freshest fruit and veggies we have had for a long time. Pay dirt! We filled up a shopping bag with oranges, apples, potatoes, tomatoes and bananas. It cost us a whopping €5.00. What a deal! We love the small town markets and fruit stands on Martinique. They never disappoint. Sorry! I know. I tend to get more excited about finding a local bakery and cheap fruit than Joséphine’s place. C’est la vie.