…or, otherwise known as, the travel day where almost nothing went right, but in the end, most everything ended up ok.
But, I owe a bit of back story from the night before. Got to my hotel, which I’d chosen based on location (walkable to most major attractions in Fort-de-France for the morning) and on TripAdvisor reviews. I was staying at l’Hôtel Impératrice, which was a very French-feeling small hotel with maybe 20 or so rooms. I’d paid a little extra for the “chambre prestige” and was quite happy with it. Plenty of space to walk around, and what looked like a nice balcony.
It was still pretty early, and again, based on TripAdvisor reviews, I decided to hit Lili’s Beach Bar, which was located in the next town over called Schœlcher, about a 10-15 euro and 15 minute taxi ride. It was located in the Hôtel Batelière down on the beach, and was really more of a bar than a restaurant. I’d gotten there about 8, and there were still plenty of people eating so it was fine. By the time I finished at 9:30, however, it had gone full bar mode and as the reviews note was completely packed with people buying expensive drinks and “paying to be seen.” Food was decent – not stellar, but pretty good. Ended up having a conch pizza which was pretty tasty, along with a Planteur Rum Punch. They were around 10 Euros per drink, but decently tasty.
Back to the hotel and crashed so I could get up and walk around a bit in the morning. Got up in the morning, and went straight out onto my balcony to take in the view. Not bad!