Schoelcher Library, Fort-de-France, Martinique

The Schoelcher Library, located in Fort-de-France in Martinique, is a public library. It is located at the corner of Liberté St. and Victor Sévère St., facing the north corner of Savane Square. Victor Schoelcher, deputy of Guadeloupe and Martinique (1848-1850) had a collection of 10,000 books and 250 musical scores but since he had no descendants, he left his collection to the General Council of Martinique under condition of create a public library. The building was built by Pierre Henri Picq. The building was built in the garden of the Tuileries in Paris and was first presented to the Parisians (1886-1887), before being dismantled and shipped by boat to Fort-de-France to be rebuilt. Unfortunately, most of the original books disappeared with a large fire in 1890. The library finally opened in 1893. The building, built on a square plan, has a large dome that illuminates the reading room. There is a mix of art nouveau, western classical and Egyptian art and some Byzantine influences. Names of great French writers decorate friezes. There is a very colorful mosaic exterior pediment.

Tips

If you visit Fort-de-France, it’s worth some time to see the library and its building.

If you are lucky, you will find exhibits on site.

The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

The Colosseum or Flavian Amphitheatre in origin, is a huge oval amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome, between the Esquiline and Celio, the largest ever built in the empire; one of the greatest works of Roman architecture. It was built between 70 and 80 AD. JC. He was used to fighting wildlife, gladiatorial combats, death row executions, re-enactments of famous battles and dramas based on Classical mythology, which could accommodate between 50,000 and 75,000 spectators. It stopped being used in the early Middle Ages but it had other uses such as housing, artisan workshops, the seat of a religious order, a fortress, a quarry and a Christian Catholic shrine. Schools of gladiators and other outbuildings were built nearby. He suffered several earthquakes that caused the partial destruction of some walls and its stones were reused to build other buildings like churches or palaces. The surviving part of the outer wall of the monumental façade consists of three levels of overlapping arches topped by a platform on which there is an attic with tall windows at regular intervals and there are also 31 arches of the outer ring which has remained intact. Each level has 80 arches framed by half-columns and the attic is decorated with pilasters. The arena measures 83 × 48 m and its floor was covered with sand wood which avoided fighters to slip easily absorbed bloodshed and could be quickly replaced.

Tips

The first Sunday of each month, the entrance is free. The ticket includes admission to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine. It is valid for 2 days. The price is reduced for people in the European Union between 18 and 24, and for EU teachers.

Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown is the capital and the largest city in Barbados, founded in 1628 by British settlers; located on the southwest coast. With a population from different nationalities, 80% are of African origin. Bridgetown is a very important tourist destination of the Caribbean, it is very often a destination for the congress. Its warm but not arid climate where the monthly average temperature does not fall below 18 ° C. Its port is located on the southwest coast of the island and welcomes numerous cruise ships. The main products exported from the island and through the port are sugar, molasses and rum. To visit: the Anglican cathedral (18th century), the houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square with the statue of Admiral Nelson (based on the one in London), the Royal Park, the colonial garrison and the stadium Garrison Savannah which hosts international cricket matches. The Garrison Sainte Anne de Bridgetown, known simply as the garrison, is a historical area which contains buildings such as the barracks and fthe ort St. Ann. The historic moment for the last lowered flag of the United Kingdom and the first survey of the flag of Barbados, marking its independence, took place in this area.

Tips

If you visit the city by making a cruise stopover, you will find many people who will try to sell you a tour or they will offer you a taxi, it is your decision if you wish to accept their offer, but if you only want to visit the beach, the public beach is 20-30 minute walk and it’s worth a little walk to relax under the sun later.
If you like museums, the historical Museum has interesting collections in geology, history, decorative arts, as well as important material on the flora and fauna marine.
If you like orchids, you can visit Orchid World, it is at the centre of the island of Barbados with more than 30,000 orchids as well as other flowers of tropical climate. You can go by bus, it takes 1 hour to get there.