Ile-a-Vache – Parting Shots

Morning DockExploring Ile-a-Vache was an inspiring way to take out the old year. The Ocean Trader crew made a handful of new friends on this small tropic isle in Haiti. We enjoyed fancy dinners at various resorts and mingled with the international holidaymakers, but we also embraced the opportunity to cook and eat with genuinely friendly islanders that invited us into their home. When you make a friend in Haiti you have a friend for a lifetime. Of special note was a mountainside dinner prepared under kerosene lamps, using a charcoal pot stove and aided by a bucket full of iced-down Prestige Beer. We brought the beer and our Haitian host provided everything else. We sat on makeshift seats in the yard looking down on the Baie a Feret, which was nicely illuminated with an almost full moon. With a cooling Southeast breeze keeping the insects at bay, everyone pitched in where they could as dinner was being prepared.  The menu was simple and delicious.  There was rice and peas, creole chicken and sauce served with yams, fresh tomatoes and avocado, macaroni gratine, homemade bread and blan manje.   A Blue Tooth portable speaker was paired to several iPods. We owned the mountain with endless Zouk music and laughter. Photos include a private dock as photographed in the early morning light, a beach house and the other side of life on Ile-a-Vache: opulence and manicured lawns. Very nice.
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  1. This part of Haiti sounds very attractive. I wish there were camping grounds or an Eco lodge. I like the idea of everybody walking. Thank you for the fotos.

  2. Delores says:

    That dinner must have been nice! The photos are delightful.

  3. Bentley F. says:

    What an unusual Haiti story. It doesn’t match the corporate media picture of dire and unavoidable hopelessness in Haiti. I wonder how the Haitian Americans feel about the bad PR. Most people are not sharp enough to realize that much of what we are offered on TV is propaganda. Stories like this really gets you wondering what it would be like to visit other parts of this interesting country where there are no groveling crowds of beggars.

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