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The largest wild mammal on the island looks like an oversized guinea pig. Its meat is known to be very tasty.
This neg mawon (escaped slave) chief was captured in 1786 and brought to Fort Young of Roseau for interrogation. He was then attached to a metal frame and exposed in Roseau’s market until he died one week later.
Buy the jungle. Now you can do it.
These homemade herbal liquors combine cask rhums of 60% ABV with a wide variety of local plants and herbs. Varieties have names like spice, nannie, pueve and bois bandé.
Popular herb soup from the West Indies, containing spinach, parsley, thyme and other herbs. An enhanced version can contain crab, shrimps, pork and garlic bread.
Can you spot the lizard?
One of the many waterfalls of the island, where the bubbling water looks like it’s boiling.
Digicel vs Lime
These two mobile communication giants fight over the control of the island. You’ll find their ads all over the place.
Send your relatives a postcard despicting a disaster in the place you’re visiting. I find this concept very interesting.
French place names
Names such as « la plaine » or « la savanne » speak of the French colonial past, but they seem have been chosen at random as they designate quite hilly localities.
Giant African Snail
This is an invasive species. If you see it, report it!
They’re pretty common, advertising everything from bars and other services, and displaying public awareness campaigns. However, orientation panels are almost nonexistent.
Coral fragment in Champagne beach.
The inhabitants of Dominica before the arrival of Europeans (called « caribs » by them). Nowadays, most of them live in the Kalinago territory (recognized since 1903).
The Crayfish river village has a Kassav Bakery and is an important craftmanship center.
Dominica’s best roller-coaster.
« The beer we drink ». Kubuli beer is a lager ale… now also property of Digicel.
Eastern, Atlantic coast.
Gays in Dominica can be arrested and put in prison for ten years. So be careful out there.
The rasta philosophy of eating only natural « vital » ingredients. Vegetarian dishes are relatively common.
Hello land crab.
Dominica is home to twenty-two recorded centenarians, including a 128-y-o woman who was possibly one of the oldest in history (check).
House on piloti.
This giant, edible frog is an endangered species. Don’t hunt it, don’t eat it!
Mist descends upon Freshwater Lake.
Many Caribbean houses are built above the ground to prevent flooding. Some houses in Dominica stand on stakes more than 2 meters high!
Muddy waters of Roseau river after the rain.
Originally designated to be the capital of the island, inside a big bay, it was finally discarded (in favour of Roseau) because the swamps that surounded it could induce disease on the population.
Grated vegetable pie made of provisions, which are starchy ground roots such as dasheen or kassav, or fruits such as breadfruit. Yum!
Tannia (or taia [Kalinago], dasheen [English], Dachine [French]) is a tuber plant with big leaves that can be seen all along the roadsides. Dasheen puffs are an speciality of the west of the island.
Legend says there are 365 of them, one for each day of the year. In any case (with up to 374 mm of rain a month), there are a lot of them.
The high part of the island contains catchment areas, reservoirs and power stations that provide the cities on fresh water and energy.
Red butterfly coconut.
The island’s capital, and the first European settlement, takes its name from the « roseau » reeds that used to grow on the Roseau river delta.
Fort Young in Roseau (nowadays a hotel) played an important role on the history of the country, and in the successive invasions of the island by the French and the English.
See Lennox Honychurch’s site for more details on the history of the island.
One of the two endemic local species of parrot. It’s a highly endangered species. You can spot it in Dominica’s coat of arms.
« Eat Sukie’s Bread by Choice, not by Chance. » Bread in Dominica is quite good.
Star-shaped Mahogany fruit.
Renewable energy is progressively developed, and organic farming and environmental awareness are proposed as a strong touristic argument.
See Sustainable Earth’s site for more details on renewable energies on Dominica.
The original kalinago name of the island, which means « tall is her body ».
Treelike ferns / Trafalgar falls.
Tree lizards, in Dominica they’re mostly brown.