enRoute, February 2014
When I visited Martinique for enRoute, I discovered a part of France I'd never imagined. An active volcano, tropical heat, blinding sunlight and blissfully powerful thunderstorms echo a history marked by periods of peace followed by violent territorial clashes. For over two hundred years, slavery, and slave revolts, would be a major influence on the economy and politics of the island. The locals say that the history of Martinique is the history of France, but I can't help but feel that there is a marked difference between the two. These days, however, the rhum flows freely and you can pick up your poulet boucané by the side of the road and eat it on the beach, and finally wash it down with a warm but invigoratingly sweet ti'punch.