One of the most important festivals in the West Indies is the carnival of Guadeloupe which takes place for about two weeks and can go up to 4 weeks; but the most important days go from Fat Sunday to the day after Fat Tuesday, or Ash Wednesday. With European origins, this festival has taken place more and more in the West Indian culture and has settled. During this period, there are several events that take place like singing and dancing competitions, costume parades and of course the election of the queen. The most important events take place in Basse-Terre where the public accompanies the musicians, dancers and participants costumed through the streets of the city with the rhythm of the drums. The iconic Carnival character, King Vaval (abreviation of Carnival in Creole), is cremated on Ash Wednesday, ending the festivity and the crowd dresses in black and white for the occasion.
If you visit Basse-Terre during a ship stop before the carnival, you can usually see some participants who practice for carnival parade during the day in the city center (especially on weekends). This is a good opportunity to know a little about this festivity.
Two or three weeks before the big festivity, you can also attend group parades on Sunday from 17:00.
Napa Valley is an American wine region in California, considered one of the most important wine producing areas of the United States. The combination of a Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the valley make it a prosperity viticulture area. The level of the valley ranges from sea level to 110 meters. The American wine regions of Oakville and Rutherford are in a geographic area called Rutherford Bench in the center of the valley. The floor at the south end of the valley is mainly composed of sediments deposited previously by the tides of the Bay of ‘San Pablo’ and north, it contains large amounts of volcanic lava and ash. Several hills that emerge from the middle of the valley near Yountville are indicators of volcanic past of the region. The valley comprises around 340 vineyards that use multiple varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and other known varieties. Most fields produce a typical wine of the valley, and some choose to mix or assemble their wines, using wines coming from the valley and surrounding hills.
More than 100 places are open to the public with or without appointment and of course, you have tastings. A great way to explore the region is to take the ‘Napa Valley Wine Train’; a tourist train that will walk you to the heart of the vineyards. If you like shopping, you will find the Napa Premium Outlet with fifty premium brands at factory prices. You will also find beautiful local shops in historic districts. If you want to relax, go to spas that offer different therapies. If you want to have a beautiful view over the valley, take a balloon ride or helicopter. You will enjoy an unforgettable experience. If your choice is golf, the valley has 10 courses.