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.


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.

Royalton Saint Lucia Resort, St. Lucia, Caribbean

The Royalton Saint Lucia Resort is located in the Caribbean, on the island of St. Lucia; about 1h30 from the airport. It is a hotel with all-inclusive service and upscale comfort. The resort has three sections, a section for families in the main complex, the Diamond Club for superior service (with exclusive pool and reserved areas in restaurants) and the Hideaway, an exclusive quiet area for adults. There are several a la carte restaurants and depending on your package you have to book or not. There is a bar before going up to the lobby (which is upstairs, accessible with escalators) where there is usually live music at the cocktail hour. There is wi-fi throughout the site, satellite TV, non-motorized water sports and a fitness center. The site is beautiful but the beach is small and there are rocks.


The US dollar is accepted everywhere, no need to have the local currency.

If you travel with children, there is a supervised club for them with a lot of activities, there’s also another for teenagers between 13 and 17 years old.

If you want to rent a car, consider that the roads are sinuous all over the island.

Beach of the Caravelle, Sainte-Anne, Grande-Terre, Guadeloupe

The beach of the Caravelle is a beach adjoining the Club Med in Guadeloupe and of course it is well maintained. But to get to it you have to go a long way by the beaches that are not maintained at all and sometimes it’s a bit difficult if you go with the kids or if you have difficulty walking on a completely irregular path. Once you arrive, you will feel that you are in a place like the beaches you see on the postcards. White sand beach, crystalline water, with plenty of trees to protect from the sun. You can not access to the Club Med but there is a beach bar that is accessible to everyone. There are several aquatic activities to do and it is okay if you go with children as there is not a big slope or big waves, it’s more like a natural pool.


There is no parking so you will have to leave the car at about a fifteen minute walk. You can also leave the car at Pointe-à-Pitre, take the ferry and walk.

If you do not like bugs, be careful as the iguanas walk between people and pass on your towel without any inconvenience.