Relax in Les Saintes

This island is one of those where we took so many beautiful photos we have a hard time picking which ones to share with you. Every turn reveals another peaceful vista. One of the shops I visited every day was the town bakery; there was only the one, and there I bought fresh bread, chocolate filled croissants, sandwich rolls, and many other tasty selections. Hours at the bakery are 6 AM to 11AM, so if you want the good stuff, you arrive early, certainly before 8. I could run the dinghy right up on the beach behind the shop, and in less than 10 minutes I’d make the round trip from the boat and be back on board with the fresh choices for the day. Now, Joy will tell you, fresh baked French bread truly does make the best French toast!   

View of the Bay off Terre de Haut
View of the Bay off Terre de Haut

Fishing and diving are two booming businesses on this island, and small boats come an go all day long. Everything operates right off the beach; the only two docks in town are the ferry dock and the commercial wharf, and they are both off limits to pleasure craft. Both ferries and inter island freighters roar right through the mooring areas up to their docks with no regard to all the yachts tethered nearby. We found this disconcerting in every single island we visited because the wakes spread out by these large vessels sets every small boat in the harbor rocking and rolling for hours at a time, aggravating the never ending surge from the ocean. These commercial operators have no regard whatsoever for the small boat owner.  
Wandering out of town down to the Bakery
Wandering out of town down to the Bakery

Terre de Haut has a very nice dinghy dock seen in the photo, and Joy was able to easily access town via this dock. With few exceptions we found easy access by dinghy in the islands. On some of the larger islands, the more often frequented businesses, such as groceries, chandleries, and the like, have their own docks where you can pull in, make your purchases, and wheel your carts right down to the dinghy for loading. What could be better?  
 Dinghy Dock
Dinghy Dock

Home of the island's Doctor
Home of the island’s Doctor

Every island has parks, and the Saintes are no exception. People gather in the parks at all hours of the day to sit and chat, or just to relax and watch the world hustle by. In this park, we spied a statue of the New World’s most famous explorer gazing out over the waters of the Caribbean. 
Columbus Park
Columbus Park

When time came to move on, I dinghied to town early to be at Customs right when they opened – 8 AM. Well, Customs was late opening, no big surprise, but the cafe next door had wonderful coffee brewing, and fresh croissants with jam. Guess where I went to wait!

South to Dominica