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Title: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: Val on May 17, 2011, 03:55:10 AM
I'm sorry to say that when we arrived at Le Carbet, we found that the museum had been closed. Most disappointing. Was unable to find out what happened to all the documents and letters. Would also have been interesting to see the reproductions of his works.  :'(  Ce la vie  :)
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: Tanja on May 17, 2011, 05:56:59 AM
That's really bad luck :(
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Post by: nolan on May 17, 2011, 12:07:11 PM
 :'( really sad. Did the whole museum close or just the Gauguin display?
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: Val on May 17, 2011, 12:27:02 PM
From what I could gather, using my rather pathetic french, the museum was completely closed. Our taxi driver who had volunteered to translate repeated everything in french with the odd english word thrown in. No one seemed to know if they would reopen at a later date or what happened to Gauguin's letters and documents. Very disappointing. All in all it was still a fun trip on a rainy day.
(We did our best to make up for it by visiting one of the rum distilleries)  ::)  :P
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: nolan on May 17, 2011, 12:41:01 PM
 ;D that would have been just as much fun and just as interesting
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: Val on May 18, 2011, 02:28:04 AM
The Depaz distillery has quite a history. Sits at the base of the Mt. Pelee Volcano. http://www.depazrhum.com/ (http://www.depazrhum.com/)
There is a short video which is quite interesting.
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: nolan on May 18, 2011, 03:03:08 PM
quite a history there. I hope they served you guys some of those delicious cocktails after the tour  :)

I don't wanna even know what a bottle of Depaz costs  ???
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: Val on May 19, 2011, 02:47:58 AM
The Depaz folks are very happy to give you a sample or 3  :heeha: The pricing of the rum varies tremendously. Start in the double digit range and go will into the 4 digit range  :eek: all in Euros of course. I shouldn't be surprised if they have some extra special ones tucked away worth even more. We opted for one of the lower double digit rums. I found I rather enjoyed their tiny Ti Punches. They may be tiny but be forwarned they do pack a wallop!  :coffee:
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: nolan on May 19, 2011, 11:43:58 AM
so you may end up sailing to New Zealand, thinking you are on your way to Granada  ;D
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: Val on May 19, 2011, 03:35:48 PM
Actually...that might be a possibility. One of the old time sailors that years ago taught me to sail actually LOST (perhaps misplaced would be a better word)  Bermuda once!  :eek:
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: nolan on June 04, 2011, 01:31:58 PM
 :o
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: Val on June 05, 2011, 01:40:32 AM
Happy to say I haven't lost one yet! ;)
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: nolan on June 05, 2011, 01:17:44 PM
what boat are you sailing in?
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Post by: dennis on June 05, 2011, 02:06:39 PM
Slow Boat to China  :'(
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: Val on June 05, 2011, 05:40:51 PM
 :fight: Actually she's a very comfy catamaran with a good turn of speed....sometimes.  ;D
This is home.... Puddle Jumper is a Fountaine Pajot Venezia 42
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: dennis on June 05, 2011, 07:29:22 PM
She's absolutely beautiful O0

Much better than the Mirror Dinghy that I built and used to sail. Had great times in her. My youngest daughter would not sail with me unless the waves were high and then she insisted on sitting on the bow - upset the balance of the boat and had a hard time sailing and tacking (and trying to keep it upright) as a result of it :heeha:

After that I graduated to a windsurfer - flabbergasted the youngsters when they saw this old man with the white beard gunning it in the strong wind :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: Val on June 06, 2011, 01:34:04 AM
Must have thought Father Christmas was on vacation!  :2funny:
When I was 8 I used to go down to the docks in the bay and hitchhike for rides on sailboats... my mum only found out about that a few years ago.  :o
My girlfriend's dad built a lovely little 16' daysailor with a cuddy cabin. He'd take us out sailing around the bay. One day we asked if we could take it out ourselves. He said yes, as long as we stayed inside the bay. 'Of course we will' .....before he left the parking lot we were through the gap and out in Lake Ontario. Fantastic! Coo did we cop it when we got back! I was 8, she was 10.  :deal: Partners in crime!
My son went to sailing school when he was 10. Had the proud distinction of being the first student to flip a lazer, and get the mast stuck in the mud...looked like an odd shaped umbrella! Had to be bumped up with the older kids as he was forever racing off to see how fast he could go and funny enough dumping more than any of the other kids. They thought he should be bumped up and taught to right it. Wonder where he got that from?  :whistle:
Poor Lloyd didn't know what he was in for when he met me...he'd never been on a sailboat before! I knew there was a sailor inside just dying to be let out...he just didn't know it yet!  :2funny:
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Post by: dennis on June 06, 2011, 11:14:01 AM
Talk about Lloyd being an army volunteer :2funny: :2funny:

One day I was too relaxed and forgot to read the water and did not see the squall coming and before I knew it the boom came around and hit me on the side of my head (I was never without a life jacket). It hit me so hard that the steel of my glasses actually cut into my skin and drew blood.

 I viewed the best planetarium in the world at that moment  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: nolan on June 06, 2011, 05:57:50 PM
Your boat is absolutely awesome Val  :envy:

At least now we know where Dennis his knock on the head from  :2funny:  :whistle:  :goofy:

PS - :bigwelcome: to the site Sara, tell us a bit more about what medium you paint in, what subjects you like to paint, etc. We're a  :nosey: bunch here  ;D
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: Val on June 07, 2011, 02:08:25 AM
Many years ago we were caught out in squalls and big seas. Me being the daring one, tied the jibsheet 'round me and went forward to reef the staysail. Big gust, rolled on a breaking wave, I was knocked down and the staysail boom clipped me in the side of the head and cracked a tooth. Just glad it wasn't the main!  :tongue:
Now with the cat...we just sail on the level!  :2funny:
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: nolan on June 07, 2011, 12:18:00 PM
 :tooth:
Title: Re: Paul Gauguin - Martinique
Post by: Val on June 07, 2011, 02:59:48 PM
  :heeha: Cheeky monkey!