Martinique – The flower of the Caribbean

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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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
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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.

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