Nivdarla x Martinique
I knew that at the beginning of the year I had to do a solo trip. Although I went to Bali the end of last year and it began as a solo trip, I wanted others to join me because it was for my birthday. Despite having an amazing experience with my sister, I knew I needed time away to reset and be alone in my thoughts. Lucky for me Norwegian Airlines had a sale to Martinique and I was able to snag it for a short trip at the end of January.
The entire world is on my bucketlist (almost literally), but I tend to gravitate towards warmer, tropical areas. The weather, food, and the people are usually very warm and inviting which meshes well with my more laid back personality. Martinique is no exception. I enjoyed basking in the sun; quiet, slower days, and not having to adhere to a hectic schedule. Although I went primarily to do a bit of work and self reflect, I did spend half a day exploring the southern part of the island.
After much deliberation, I decided to stay at La Colline Bed and Table (a bed and breakfast), in Le Lamentin which is about 15-20 minutes away from the airport. I found La Colline on Airbnb, which is one of the first places I check when traveling. My stay was truly an experience. The hostess and host, Muriel and Umberto are gems. Muriel runs La Colline like you are in her home and part of her family.
I cannot say enough good things about those two. It felt like leaving one home to go to another. The house has about 4 to 5 individual rooms that can be rented out at a very reasonable price. You can have homemade breakfast, lunch, or dinner made at an additional price. I highly recommend having at least one meal a day here, becuase both Muriel and Umberto can throw DOWN. No exaggeration, I had the best lasagna here (sorry Mommy! (and yes, I call my mother Mommy lol)). We had pasta, seafood, the bomb.com breakfast, fresh drinks/juice, and a lovely night cap every night.
What was nice is that everyone pitched in to help set the table, tidy up, and eat together. When I say it was like being home, it really was (in a good way). Since I was the only English-speaker there, I got to practice much of my broken French. I would highly recommend staying at La Colline, because not only is it a perfect place to stay, it is centrally located, making it is easy to visit the north or south of the island from here. One thing to note is to get a rental when coming here. Although there is public transportation, everyone drives, every where. It will make things much easier if you get a car in advance. One group waited until they arrived to get a car and for 2 days couldn't find a rental company with an available car.
The people of Martnique were amused every time I tried speaking French, but also very appreciative and would help me if they spoke English. The fact that I speak a little bit of French, can understand it pretty well and also speak Haitian creole made it easier to navigate the country. When I was really stuck in my French I would speak Creole and that changed the whole conversation. Everyone would want to know what island I am from, and we'd talk about differences in our language and everyone, I mean everyone would ask me about Trump, and how we could let him become President. sigh. He ain't my President, that's all I have to say about that.
Three days was defenitly not even time to spend in Martnique. This trip was short but much needed, and I cannot wait to go back.
Let me know if you have been to Martinique or what is your favorite place to visit!