Monday, May 3, 2010

Dame-Marie, Haïti

In Haiti, traveling to the end of the line is really saying something. Dame-Marie is truly the end of the road, a long serpentine dirt one from Jeremie heading up into the hills along the Riviere Grand'Anse. Four hours of potholed red clay road. The guide book claims it is one of the few villages in Haiti with paved streets, all cobblestone.

The beach at Dame-Marie is the westernmost point of Haiti. Several dugout canoes could be spotted on the beach. That day, the seas were too rough for the fishermen to catch lobster. And all along the shore, the beaches were covered with spent conch shells, in some places were veritable conch dumps. At the center of town, a beautiful sparkling blue cathedral.

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