Sunday 29th November – Wednesday 2nd December
The crossing from Falmouth to Des Hais (where scenes from Death in Paradise are filmed) was a bit bumpy but very fast, so we completed the 40 odd miles across in about 6 hours. Des Hais now has buoys, which appear to be free, as no one comes and collects any money for them, but as they were all taken we had to anchor. Des Hais is an anchorage where it is often blasting with wind, and this time was no exception. However the wind did die at about sunset and resume again at midnight until the following evening when it was light winds for the rest of our time there.
Des Hais is a small town and the first Port of entry into Guadeloupe. Being a French island checking in is very quick and straight forward, and is done on a computer in a gift shop.
We stayed 3 days in Des Hais and on the second day walked up to the Botanical Gardens. A bit of a trek uphill but worth the walk. The gardens are beautifully set out with plants from all over the world. Lots of recognisable plants that we have as houseplants in the UK.
After the trek back down to the town, after taking shelter in a bus shelter from a passing rain cloud we treated ourselves to a very nice lunch in a water front restaurant....