On our trip down to the Ile
des Pins we sailed through a "storm of birds". There were thousands and we
could find no real answer to where they were going or why.
A storm of
The Isle of Pines is
certainly very beautiful and when the sun shines the colours in the water
showing the pines.
an arcade heading past the beach were rather unusual.
The church at
Vao was the main
village on the island. There was
not really much there; two small shops, a school, the mairie, a small
market twice a week and this rather spectacular church surrounded by
the soaring pines.
of the jail from the 1800s.
The island was
used until 1920 as a penal colany. The jail looks a miserable
place to be incarcerated particularly when you know the beauty of the
island you are on. Now the grounds simply had one or two cows
pirogue (large outrigger canoe)
being "serviced" with the colours of the island