We've gotten into a morning groove with a full breakfast that has us ready around 10:30 in the morning; although we are up early it takes a while to get going with breakfast. Today we didn't get to the Portsmouth town docks until about 11:30 and the Saturday market was already winding down but it was still fun to see all the fresh local produce. There was, as is usual here in the Caribbean, a lot of shouting and noise going on which wouldn't fit in back in Europe but is absolutely normal here. We walked the town streets and saw the architectural marvel or monstrosity which is the “Pink House” and then went to the mouth of the Indian River and rented a car for two days. The drive to Roseau and up to the Trafalgar Falls showed that the 2015tropical storm “Erika” really did a lot of damage to the island and that the infrastructure and economy is still recovering.
We walked around the main city of Roseau for a while and there were really very few other tourists walking about, after finishing our shopping we drove up the road towards Trafalgar Falls; I use that expression since I managed to take a wrong turn somehow and ended up on another road which took us way up the hills but away from the falls. But in the end we made it up the final steep stretch and enjoyed the empty falls, as just 2 other cars with tourists were in the parking lot. I took a cooling swim in one of the pools below the falls and after drying off we headed back to the car and planned on driving to the Emerald Pool, but I'd messed up my driving again and we got on the wrong road. So in the end we returned to Portsmouth and had a happy hour drink at the “Purple Turtle”, meeting my friend Captain Mark, his German friend, and his local business partner, Spesh, who will give us a tour on Monday. After drinks and donating about a third of our blood to the bugs flying around at sunset (those mosquitos showed a marked disdain for German fly-sprays) we returned to the boat and made a mixed dinner of potatoes and steak/Chorizo.


Pink House in Portsmouth This house is proof that taste is a very personal matter
(2017-04-01 10:46:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Pink House in Portsmouth
Mr. Ackie's Panga Panga at the Portsmouth docks with the anchorage (including Zanshin) in the background
(2017-04-01 11:06:08 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Mr. Ackie's Panga
Sandra and Sascha on the Portsmouth Dock The Saturday market is at the end of the Portsmouth city dock
(2017-04-01 11:07:57 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Sandra and Sascha on the Portsmouth Dock
Portsmouth Lobster Traps These simple-looking wood and chicken wire traps are used to catch lobster and other creatures and are at the bottom of those floating balls/bottles that bother me so much on my travels
(2017-04-01 11:06:36 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Portsmouth Lobster Traps
Portsmouth dock fish nets This picture was taken on a Saturday when all the fisherman bring in their catch to the city market.
(2017-04-01 11:07:43 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Portsmouth dock fish nets
Trafalgar falls bottom The flow of water is very low as it hasn't rained in several days, but it is still an impressive vertical distance
(2017-04-01 14:32:31 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/22.0, 1/20s] ISO 100)
Trafalgar falls bottom
Trafalgar falls left side The left fall, as seen from below, of the Trafalgar Falls in Dominica
(2017-04-01 14:29:56 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.2, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Trafalgar falls left side
My swimming pool I used this pool below the Trafalgar Falls to cool off. The water wasn't quite as cold as I expected, which might be due to low water level
(2017-04-01 14:44:42 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
My swimming pool
Sandra and Sascha resting at the Falls The trailhead has a small covered hut where we took a break after visiting the Trafalgar Falls
(2017-04-01 14:31:34 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Sandra and Sascha resting at the Falls
Wood water pipeline This surprised me, a wooden water pipeline with iron reinforcing rods carrying water from a lake to the hydroelectric plant far below
(2017-04-01 15:37:36 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Wood water pipeline
Bailey Bridge Down The tropical storm Erica in 2016 brought a lot of water and extensive damage to Dominica. This is just one of many bridges that were washed down/away during the course of the storm.
(2017-04-01 16:42:35 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Bailey Bridge Down
Bailey Bridge Down The tropical storm Erica in 2016 brought a lot of water and extensive damage to Dominica. This is just one of many bridges that were washed down/away during the course of the storm.
(2017-04-01 16:43:30 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Bailey Bridge Down
Two Trafalgar Falls in one picture Both falls at Dominica's Trafalgar falls in one picture
(2017-04-01 14:30:25 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Two Trafalgar Falls in one picture
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