Musee Volcanologique et Historique Franck Perret, Saint-Pierre

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  • It is a very small museum that briefly explains the consequences of the 1902 eruption that destroyed the city. As a complement of a real Museum volcano is good but nothing more. In addition the €5 which costs the entry for offering makes it expensive; also add that there is no any kind of audio-guide, some pictures and explanatory posters are badly worn or damaged and the local itself has not been renewed for a long time ago there is even more reason to not talk very well. Unless the person of the entrance offered a very interesting explanation.
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  • There was bright sunshine, as on every day of this beautiful trip through the Lesser Antilles to + 26° c. We were welcomed to go down to the Pier by a Tango Orchestra and beautiful girls dressed in traditional costumes. Martinique is an island in the Lesser Antilles and is at the same time French overseas Department and region. The island was discovered by Cristóbal Colón in 1502 during his fourth voyage. At that time the island was inhabited and was known by the name of Madinina, meaning "island of flowers" in the indigenous language. In 1635 he became French colony. Its capital is Fort de France, name that was given by Napoleón Bonaparte in 1808; previously Fort Royal was known as. "You are what you say, you are what you eat": is a saying that represents people who live on the island haunted of Martinique, which is without doubt one of the most splendid attractions of the Caribbean wonder. Martinique speaks the "criollo", a dialect which is a kind of mixture between different language styles (English, French and, in particular, Dutch) who make this dialect musical and very unusual. The Creole cuisine, on the other hand, has exactly the same characteristics: tasty and spiced up to the limit of the spicy, can be very delicate and at the same time very natural. And is therefore that of France, Martinique, and in particular its commercial and mercantile capital Fort de France, has inherited the language, the architectural style, the Bullfight and a certain lifestyle, although it is also true that the island is strongly influenced by the African culture. As I wrote above, the first "tourists" who visited the island of Martinique include Columbus, who landed there in 1502. Later played them the French, followed by the Spaniards, which, tired of strong resistances which Indians opposed, decided to leave the island in the second half of the 17TH century. Were the French who returned to commercially exploit Martinique cultivating sugar cane. Slaves systematically changed the culture and society of the island, which remained very attached to France. The island is dominated by the impressive mass of Le Mont Pelee (bare mountain) volcano which, with its eerie shadow, reminds the population the mutable force of nature: in 1902, a sudden eruption literally swept the capital, St. Pierre, finishing, of a heinous, the life of its 30 000 inhabitants. The commercial life of Martinique is based largely on tourism which, especially in recent years, has experienced a very fortunate development. But both the cultivation of fruits and the activity of the distilleries, have caused some large commercial traffic and a frantic activity among the Islands. The French character of Martinique is certainly more intense in Fort de France. After the destruction of St. Pierre, Fort de France picked up the commercial and institutional legacy of the capital destroyed by the fury of the Mont Pelée volcano. It is the most important commercial center of the island and its Bay is really suggestive. Thanks to its diversity, in November 2011 entered into the "Palms" of the most beautiful bays in the world. Particularly fascinating is the enormous endowment of gardens and city parks boasts, among which stands out, with its 5 hectares, the garden of La Savane. It is equally beautiful Saint Louis Cathedral, built in 1895. Also, it is well known the Schoelcher Library, built by the famous architect Henry Pick, one of the Caribbean's most famous cultural institutions. It was built for the Paris exhibition of 1893 and rebuilt here, stone on stone, fifty years later. We start from Fort de France a comfortable bus to the North Island. Our first stage was the visit of the Basilica of Balata, whose construction is inspired by Parisian and very famous Basilica of the sacred heart of Montmartre. From there, a beautiful view of the capital and its Bay you can admire. Continue on forests until the great rum distillery Depaz, where we saw all the rum production process, from the discharge of large trucks that brought the sugar canes. Depaz agricultural rum produced with all the rigor of a great harvest, is a mixture of tradition and efficiency. During the visit, we observed an impressive steam engine. This fundamental, today in day runs the distillery, was used in the past to feed the water sources in the Palace of Versailles. This rum because its reputation the regularity of its production, thanks to the volcanic soil, the abundance of water and, above all, care is provided to the fermentation of cane juice before distillation. In addition to fame by the delicacy of its aged rums, has another peculiarity: the Ron Golden. It's a white rum which rests a minimum of one year in oak barrels, where mature, takes color and becomes the Golden rum, sought-after by connoisseurs. We toured in the city of Saint Pierre, which was considered prior to its destruction by the eruption of volcano as "The Paris of the Caribbean". It is located on the shores of the sea. Impressive are the ruins of jail, the theatre and the city centre. You think that you are visiting Pompeii. The Museum that conserves objects found of what was the city and the story of the man who was saved by being in jail is also touching. As his body was almost completely burned, it was exposed for many years in a famous American circus, before unhealthy curiosity of the spectators. But in this way he could earn a living until his death. We returned to the capital, which lacks the charm of other Caribbean cities, due to the numerous properties of contemporary architecture. In the strong St. Louis Park iguanas walked around quietly.
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  • Want a museum on the terrible event that shook St. Peter... schedules: it had to be opened but it is closed, with us a couple that waiting for a few minutes and isolated individual little clean on him coming at the same time we. The couple will the office of tourism (100 m) to find out what is happening, the Agency calls: no response; then after if being asked if it wasn't time for NAP (legitimate question), the couple goes... It came down to us and this individual... we were ready to leave when he announced that he was opening the Museum..! Amazing! : he stayed 10 minutes with us, in front of his Museum to listen and watch the tourists while it was widely open. What for? well, because McLaughlin was upset that he has not replied to his softly mumbled Hello (personally, I heard nothing...) ... Here's how it can happen at the entrance to this museum... Museum: € 5, it's pretty bad, a few objects collected, cards, postcards and then the famous Bell, all in a room... If you're interested in Geology (like me), do not go... This museum should be attached to the center of the Earth sciences, but there again, hard to say when it's open (white cabbage twice).
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  • Very disappointed with this museum which ought to be one point emblematic of St. Peter; dilapidated premises, cold home... Strongly the renovation of the whole.
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  • Frank Perret Museum, located in the heart of the city of St. Peter, is devoted entirely to the eruption of Mount Pelée in May 8, 1902. It was created in 1933 by Frank Alvord Perret, U.S. vulcanologist, who had collected during its work and research many objects, photographs and documents of the time before and after the disaster. Really to see during your visit to St. Peter.
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