Martinique – The flower of the Caribbean

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General
Reading Time:  3 minutes

Saint-Luce © Frameme

Saint-Luce © Frameme

Martinique is an island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, with a land area of 1,128 km2 (436 sq mi). Like Guadeloupe, it is an overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department. To the northwest lies Dominica, to the south St Lucia, and to the southeast Barbados. As with the other overseas departments, Martinique is one of the twenty-seven regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the Republic. The first European to encounter the island was Christopher Columbus in 1502.

As part of France, Martinique is part of the European Union, and its currency is the Euro. Its official language is French, although many of its inhabitants also speak Antillean Creole (Créole Martiniquais).

Les Anses d'Arlet © Pascalou petit Town hall of Fort-de-France © Sebb Saint-Pierre © flickr.com - Jean & Nathalie Market in Saint-Anne © Frameme Les Salines Beach © Ian Sewell Anse Dufour Beach © Frameme Tropical forest near Fond-St-Denis  © Frameme Saint-Luce © Frameme
<
>
Tropical forest near Fond-St-Denis © Frameme
Today, the island enjoys a higher standard of living than most other Caribbean countries. French products are easily available, from Chanel fashions to Limoges porcelain. Studying in the métropole (mainland France, especially Paris) is common for young adults. Martinique has been a vacation hotspot for many years, attracting both upper-class French and more budget-conscious travelers.

Martinique has a hybrid cuisine, mixing elements of African, French, Carib Amerindian and South Asian traditions. One of its most famous dishes is the Colombo (compare Tamil word kuzhambu for gravy or broth), a unique curry of chicken (curry chicken), meat or fish with vegetables, spiced with a distinctive masala of Tamil origins, sparked with tamarind, and often containing wine, coconut milk, cassava and rum. A strong tradition of Martiniquan desserts and cakes incorporate pineapple, rum, and a wide range of local ingredients.

Read more on Island Government of Martinique, Martinique Tourism, LonelyPlanet.com – Martinique and Wikipedia Martinique. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv

Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv

[caption id="attachment_226105" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Idan shilon/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Heichal HaTarbut, also known in English as the Culture Palace, officially the Charles Bronfman Auditorium, until 2013 the Fredric R. Mann Auditorium, is the largest concert hall in Tel Aviv, Israel, and home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The Israeli naming "Heichal ha-Tarbut" or "Palace of Culture" indicates the country's original socialist orientation and thus follows the numerous palaces of cul...

[ read more ]

Matera in Southern Italy

Matera in Southern Italy

[caption id="attachment_192250" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Tango7174/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Matera is a city in the province of Matera in the region of Basilicata, in Southern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Matera and the capital of Basilicata from 1663 to 1806. The town lies in a small canyon carved out by the Gravina. Known as la Città Sotterranea ("the Underground City"), Matera is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, having been inhabited since the 10th millenni...

[ read more ]

Oak Bluffs in Massachusetts

Oak Bluffs in Massachusetts

[caption id="attachment_227184" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Michele Schaffer/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Oak Bluffs is a town located on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 5,341 at the 2020 United States Census. It is one of the island's principal points of arrival for summer tourists, and is noted for its "gingerbread cottages" and other well-preserved mid- to late-nineteenth-century buildings. The town has been a historically important ...

[ read more ]

The island of Crete

The island of Crete

[caption id="attachment_150176" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Pavlos © Kramer96[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Heraklion is the largest city and capital of Crete. It forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece; while it retains its own local cultural traits (such as its own dialect, poetry, and music). Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization (circa 2700–1420 BC), the first civili...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Mexico - Riviera Maya on the Caribbean coast

Theme Week Mexico - Riviera Maya on the Caribbean coast

[caption id="attachment_151391" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Xcaret Eco Park © Karla Quiñonez/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Riviera Maya, also known as the Mayan Riviera, is a tourism district following the coastal Highway 307 which parallels the Caribbean coastline of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, located on the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. This district historically started at the city of Playa del Carmen and ended at the village of Tulum, although the towns of Puerto Morelos situated to the n...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Berkshire - Newbury

Theme Week Berkshire - Newbury

[caption id="attachment_233737" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Clock tower © TudorTulok/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Newbury is a market town in the county of Berkshire, England, and is home to the administrative headquarters of West Berkshire Council. The town centre around its large market square retains a rare medieval Cloth Hall, an adjoining half timbered granary, and the 15th-century St Nicolas Church, along with 17th- and 18th-century listed buildings. As well as being home to Newbury Racecourse, it is the he...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Gascony - Bagnères-de-Luchon

Theme Week Gascony - Bagnères-de-Luchon

[caption id="attachment_151943" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Casino © Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bagnères-de-Luchon, also referred to as Luchon, is a French commune and spa town in the Haute-Garonne department in the Midi-Pyrénées region of south-western France. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Luchonnais or Luchonnaises. The commune has been awarded three flowers by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom. Bagnères-...

[ read more ]

Frederik's Church in Copenhagen

Frederik's Church in Copenhagen

[caption id="attachment_218862" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - RAYANDBEE/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Frederik's Church (Frederiks Kirke), popularly known as The Marble Church (Marmorkirken) for its rococo architecture, is an Evangelical Lutheran church in Copenhagen, Denmark. The church forms the focal point of the Frederiksstaden district; it is located due west of Amalienborg Palace. The church was designed by the architect Nicolai Eigtved in 1740 and was along with the rest of Frederiksstaden, a dist...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Libya - Benghazi

Theme Week Libya - Benghazi

[caption id="attachment_168411" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Benghazi Waterfront © Jaw101ie[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Benghazi is the second most populous city in Libya and the largest in Cyrenaica. A port on the Mediterranean Sea in the Kingdom of Libya, Benghazi had joint-capital status alongside Tripoli, possibly because the King and the Senussi royal family were associated with Cyrenaica rather than Tripolitania. The city was also provisional capital of the National Transitional Council. Benghazi continues to hold insti...

[ read more ]

Eichstätt in Upper Bavaria

Eichstätt in Upper Bavaria

[caption id="attachment_234055" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market Square -wuppertaler/cc-© by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Eichstätt is a town in the federal state of Bavaria, Germany, and capital of the district of Eichstätt. It is located on the Altmühl river and has a population of around 13,000. Eichstätt is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Eichstätt. Eichstätt lies on both sides of the river Altmühl in the district of Eichstätt of the Upper Bavaria region of Bavaria, in the heart of Altmühl...

[ read more ]

Return to TopReturn to Top
© André Payan-Passeron/cc-by-sa-3.0
Val d’Isere in the French Alps

Val d'Isère is a commune of the Tarentaise Valley, in the Savoie department in southeastern France. It lies 5 km...

© Mark Ahsmann/cc-by-sa-3.0
Theme Week Amsterdam – The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum (English: State Museum) is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is...

Order of Knights Templar in Europe around 1300 © Marco Zanoli/cc-by-sa-3.0
Knights Templar and Friday the 13th

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici), commonly known as...

Close