It rained during much of the night, and in the morning the rainy atmosphere was slow to dissipate. But the day began on an absolute high note; just past seven a dinghy came by with my delivery of 2 croissants and a baguette, still warm from the bakery! Drinking a fine coffee with fresh food for breakfast without having to leave the boat is a true luxury indeed!
Around 11AM the weather had turned sunny again and I went ashore to play tourist and visit the Fort St. Louis on the hill overlooking the town and anchorage. The fort isn't directly visible from ground level and it turned out to be
(a) higher, and
(b) bigger
than I expected. The fortification was built by the French after the British returned possession to them in order to defend the island (from the British, no less) but never saw combat.
I met my friend Bruce from Sold The Farm with his daughter and a friend while touring the Fort and we ended up going to a fine restaurant ashore in the evening for dinner.

Outer wall and moat The fort is surrounded by a dry moat area and the near-vertical walls are difficult to ascend (particularly if defenders are throwing or poking sharp and/or heavy objects at you while climbing.
(2013-03-21 11:06:15 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/1600s] ISO 320 Focus 7.94m)
Outer wall and moat
Defensive cannon in Fort St. Louis Defensive cannon in Fort St. Louis
(2013-03-21 11:18:28 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
Defensive cannon in Fort St. Louis
Inner Building access The main building entrance to the inner Fort St. Louis
(2013-03-21 11:19:52 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 4.73m)
Inner Building access
French The decisive Battle of The Saintes between England and France for the possession of the islands in 1782 had the French "Ville de Paris" ship of the line against the English ship-of-the-line "Formidable" commanded by Baron Rodney where the British decisively won.
(2013-03-21 11:25:38 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/25s] ISO 250 Focus 1.33m)
French "Ville de France"
Guadeloupe in the distance Guadeloupe in the distance
(2013-03-21 11:58:35 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.2, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 10.60m)
Guadeloupe in the distance
Iles des Saintes rocks Iles des Saintes rocks
(2013-03-21 11:58:55 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Iles des Saintes rocks
Saintoise in Anse Bourg Saintoise in Anse Bourg
(2013-03-21 12:01:43 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Saintoise in Anse Bourg
Star Clipper anchored in the Saintes Star Clipper anchored in the Saintes
(2013-03-21 11:15:18 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 15.00m)
Star Clipper anchored in the Saintes

(2013-03-21 07:17:34 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/25s] ISO 320 Focus 0.89m)
Entrance to inner Fort The single entrance to the Fort St. Louis has a drawbridge to close off access if necessary.
(2013-03-21 11:07:52 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Entrance to inner Fort
Inner and Outer fort walls A dry moat lies between the outer and inner Fort walls.
(2013-03-21 11:07:58 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 5.96m)
Inner and Outer fort walls
Baie du Marigot The beautiful waters of Baie du Marigot on Terre-de-Haut, Iles des Saintes seen from the hilltop Fort St. Louis
(2013-03-21 11:11:45 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
Baie du Marigot
Inner Fort St. Louis Much of the Fort St. Louis grounds have been landscaped and turned into botanical gardens.
(2013-03-21 11:13:55 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 4.73m)
Inner Fort St. Louis
Fort St. Louis Some of the inner gardens and structures inside Fort St. Louis
(2013-03-21 11:14:19 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Fort St. Louis
Anse Bourg The harbour seen from the hilltop Fort St. Louis
(2013-03-21 11:16:43 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 15.00m)
Anse Bourg
Small defensive cannon A small movable cannon with shot.
(2013-03-21 11:17:35 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 2.24m)
Small defensive cannon
Fort St. Louis cannon A small cannon inside the Fort St. Louis
(2013-03-21 11:17:45 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 1.68m)
Fort St. Louis cannon
Defensive emplacements Thick walls and narrow slits to fire muskets around a fortified window opening.
(2013-03-21 11:20:22 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 250 Focus 2.66m)
Defensive emplacements
English The decisive Battle of The Saintes between England and France for the possession of the islands in 1782 had the French "Ville de Paris" ship of the line against the English ship-of-the-line "Formidable" commanded by Baron Rodney where the British decisively won.
(2013-03-21 11:26:51 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/20s] ISO 250 Focus 1.68m)
English "Invincible" ship-of-the-line
Fort St. Louis structure Fort St. Louis structure
(2013-03-21 11:27:11 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/640s] ISO 250 Focus 5.96m)
Fort St. Louis structure
Fort St. Louis cannon Fort St. Louis cannon
(2013-03-21 11:29:19 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/10s] ISO 250 Focus 0.89m)
Fort St. Louis cannon
Fort St. Louis whale bones The sign in the room read "Kitchen" but I doubt those whale bones are the remains of a huge order of ribs!
(2013-03-21 11:50:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/10s] ISO 250 Focus 2.24m)
Fort St. Louis whale bones
Saintoise fishign boats The local boats are known as Saintoise and much of the local population still engages in fishing.
(2013-03-21 12:01:33 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.2, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Saintoise fishign boats
Star Clipper at anchor While I didn't get a picture when she left, she did so under full sails and was an impressive sight indeed.
(2013-03-21 11:01:08 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.3, 1/320s] ISO 320 Focus ∞)
Star Clipper at anchor
Zanshin anchored at Anse Bourg Zanshin resting on a mooring ball in Ans Bourg
(2013-03-21 11:01:30 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/1250s] ISO 320 Focus ∞)
Zanshin anchored at Anse Bourg
Zanshin moored in Ans Bourg, Iles les Saintes Zanshin moored in Ans Bourg, Iles les Saintes
(2013-03-21 17:35:42 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/40s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Zanshin moored in Ans Bourg, Iles les Saintes
Anchorage dolphins I feel like one of those UFO or Bigfoot / Sasquatch photographers - all I seem to be able to get are fuzzy, long-distance pictures of dolphins! These 2 or 3 were cavorting around the anchorage and also bow-wave riding for the cruise ship tenders zooming around.
(2013-03-21 17:27:54 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/30s] ISO 100 Focus 15.00m)
Anchorage dolphins
Bruce's daughter at dinner It is a small world, I met Bruce from "Sold the Farm" at the Fort, with a friend and his daughter and we ended up going to dinner together for a fine meal ashore.
(2013-03-21 21:22:01 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/10s] ISO 800 Focus 1.41m)
Bruce's daughter at dinner
Anse Bourg panorama Anse Bourg panorama
(2013-03-21 10:59:33 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/2000s] ISO 320 Focus 2.00m)
Anse Bourg panorama
Fort St. Louis and Marie Galante panorama The view from atop Fort St. Louis on Terre-de-Haut in the Iles des Saintes with Marie Galante in the background.
(2013-03-21 11:58:26 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/320s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
Fort St. Louis and Marie Galante panorama
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