Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ONCE IN HAITI

LABADEE - FEBRUARY 2009

Haiti came to the front page due to a most tragically earthquake. Seeing these pictures, it would be hard to imagine that Nature could be so destructive...



"HAITI - The name comes from Ayiti (land of high mountains), the Amerindian name for the mountainous western side of the island of Hispaniola"


"LABADEE is a port located in a peninsula on the northern coast of the island of Hispaniola, on the Haiti side of the island. It is a private tourist resort leased to Royal Caribbean International. Named after the Marquis de La Badie, a Frenchman who first settled the area in the 1600s, the resort has a new pier (to the right of the picture) capable of servicing the Oasis class ships, which transport roughly five thousand and four hundred passengers..."


"LABADEE FROM SEA - The tropical forest is impressive"


"LIBERTY AT HAITI - The Liberty of the Seas when there was no pier yet..."


"WELCOME TO LABADEE, HAITI"


"LAND AND WATER - Water Park and beaches: Barefoot and Columbus"


"COLUMBUS COVE CAFE"


"HANDCRAFTS - Attractions include the Artisan's Market and the Haitian flea market, where «naif» paintings, wood carvings, dolls, basketry, clothing, beads, jewellery and Haitian crafts can be purchased"


"BANDS AND TROUPES"


"DRAGON'S BEACH - And the impressive zip-line..."


"WE IN LABADEE"


"PARAPENTE - Why is the sea going up? ;)"

55 comments:

Trotter said...

Hi Everybody! Haiti was in the news lately for the worst reasons: the terrible earthquake! Meanwhile, it seems that other problems have taken the front page and Haiti is no longer occupying the media, though there was a new earthquake there recently. I’ve never been to Port au Prince, but I’ve some pictures of a beautiful part of the country: the Labadee resort used by the Royal Caribbean ships... Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

Cloudia said...

I want to cruise!

Aloha, Friend


Comfort Spiral

Pietro said...

Hi Gil! What spectacular photos and collages! Thanks for sharing these great views! I agree, seeing these serene pictures it would be hard to imagine that terrible catastrophe.
Have a very beautiful week!

Olivier said...

superbe croisière que vous faites, j'aime beaucoup la dernière ;) une forme de clin d'oeil ;)

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful,lovely and fantastic shots !! This is amazing !!

Lakshmi said...

so much of blue, my fav colour..its so tragic to read abt the earthquake and its impact on the people out there..glad to see such beautiful pics

diane said...

It is hard to beat the beauty of tropical islands. The colour of the sea against a backdrop of jungle green is so nice. It is sad to see what has happened there. Those ships look huge and a little out of place there.

Cergie said...

Le tourisme Haiti en a besoin. J'aimerais avoir une de ces toiles chez moi, une amie m'a ramené un très joli petit tableau de Cuab, très coloré.
J'ai toutefois du mal à imaginer l'arrivée de telles flottilles avec tant de monde à bord en ces lieux paradisiaques.
Lors de la catastrophe récente un ami très cher à moitié haitien a perdu son demi-frère. Mon fils a deux amis qui travaillent là bas, l'un notamment dans la création de puits pour une ONG et ils sont indemnes tous les deux.

Cergie said...

Tu es resté longtemps sans publier Gil...

SusuPetal said...

Poor Haiti. It will never be the same.

That sea going up is a splendid photo! Fun!

jen laceda said...

I had no idea the beaches of Haiti are this beautiful. I guess I always thought that their side of the island was never really "taken care of" and their beaches may be a bit muddy...but these photos just proved my ignorance! I hope Haiti will be able to bounce back from the tragic events of late. It is a beautiful country worth exploring! I'd love to visit Haiti!

Ted Roth said...

The sea is going up so you can ski without being pulled by a boat. I thought everybody knew that.

Lori said...

It is hard to imagine such terrible things happening in such a beautiful place. You've shown us lovely parts of Haiti and hopefully life will get better there soon for the people who have suffered so much.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Gorgeous Gil! The American people were very generpous with donations to Haiti after the earthquake and I hope that will continue, and that their government will allow that money to go towards helping the struggling people.

It looks so beautifully tropical there. Wonderful photos of you and the Mrs!

V Rakesh said...

My!!!!!!!! I'm overwhelmed by the beauty of this wonderful place and to imagine that it is now in shambles is truly unimaginable!

Brilliant pictures, as always!

Ron said...

Lovely pics!

Rajesh said...

Fabulous shots. Your snaps are a treat to the eyes.

lv2scpbk said...

Looks like beautiful weather there. I'd love to look around at all the handcrafts and listen to the local music.

When the earthquake hit in Port au Prince we had a local realitor that was missing for a little while. He was already there helping out, not sure doing what. The family was finally able to locate him and he arrived home safely. They had a warm welcome for him when he arrived off of the plane.

Peter said...

Of course all this looks fantastic, beuatiful ... but I'm a bit worried about the thousands of co-passengers. (How do you get a place at the Captain's Table?) :-)

Gattina said...

I wonder if that still looks the same after this terrible earthquake.

Regina said...

Wow. Awesome and beautiful Caribbean cruise.
The cruise towel art origami looks so familiar:). I actually missing it:)
I truly enjoy your photos Trotter.
Thank you for sharing.
I'm following now so I will not miss your post.

Cheers and regards!

eye in the sky said...

What a timely post! There is a section of earth that no earthquake can eradicate its beauty. This should be one of it!

april said...

To see these photos of wonderful nature, the blue sea and the white beaches gives me a very strange feeling. This is not Haiti, it's tourist's Haiti. The real Haiti, that's unbelievable poverty, corruption, diseases, etc. (I hope you don't mind my critical view on that tourist resort).

Shionge said...

Now it is a paradise lost and I'm sad, these are beautiful Gil.

Thérèse said...

Difficile de s'imaginer une telle beauté dans une situation aussi tragique!
Les nouvelles continuent de tomber pourtant: hier NPR (une station de radio publique) dénonçait toute la corruption qui s'installe petit à petit.
Une stabilisation qui aura du mal à s'établir sans une poigne de fer...

juka14 said...

Beautiful place, I hope it will look the same again some day...

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

Dear Gil Trotter,
You were asking where I am,hmm well I am in HOlland right now and busy with familymatters (not too serious) , but NOT to busy to visit you, I wish I wish I could visit Haiti,company you and your wife.... or visit another sunny countrie, thanks for showing my friend, You are making my day with your sunny phototo's, thanks for letteing me see the sea and pleasre, Take care , and when I do not have the time (sometimes) I am never ever desin de-interested, in travelling and your blog:)

Greetings from a cold Holland/JoAnn

Nikon said...

Hi Gil, boy that looks so beautiful - the deep blue of the sea and the green of the tropical forest.
I wish the people there all the best....

Paz said...

Beautiful.

Wishing you a good weekend.

Paz

Dina said...

Shalom Gil. I'm glad to see the happy side of Haiti.
Your new blog has a nice new layout.
Those cruise ships are just so huge, sort of overwhelming (to see from outside, anyway).

I was thinking of you as I posted about the Israeli Supreme Court all week, thinking I should send you a special invitation. Glad you found it. If you are ever in this country, do take a guided tour of the building. So full of symbolism.
Don't work too hard (haha!).

99 said...

Here I am... thanks for passing by my blog Gil!

MedaM said...

Hig Gil, all these photos are really wonderful, yet it makes me feeling sad knowing what happened to the people of Haiti and in what horrible conditions live the rest of the population after the earthquake.

yyam said...

Oh wow! These are beautiful shots! Pity about the earthquake and what the poor people are going through...

Andrea Gerak said...

Thank you Gil for posting all this beauty... Now these photos have a bit of historical value, I guess, but I hope that a lot of things can be restored.

Greetings from wintery Stockholm...

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

OOOOhh...would love a ride on that zip line! And I like seeing the ship from the beach. It's really really big. Glad you showed these Haiti photos Gil. What a terrible thing to happen.

Light and Voices said...

Lovely, simply divine photographs!
Joyce

Mariposa said...

wow so gorgeous. Thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti!

RuneE said...

Your post set the whole earthquake and its consequences in perspective in more ways than one.

A beautiful place - I hope the locals once will get to enjoy this pearl as it should be enjoyed.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

So beautiful, I've been to Port au Prince once before.

leo said...

You are right, there's almost no boundary on where the sea ends and the sky starts. Cleverly taken. Your cruise ship look mighty big in the sea landscape. Hope Haiti recovers fast.

Chuckeroon said...

Hi, Trotter...good to see you marching across my pages.

Now, then? What's it really like on one of those ships? They worry me; but you decided to test one out.

Babli said...

Absolutely marvellous pictures. I liked the first and last picture specially as the different shades of blue can be seen. Wonderful photography.

Tinsie said...

Looks like a beautiful place. I hope it still is!

RNSANE said...

I did a blog on Royal Caribbean's contributions in Haiti because many people were horrified that the company continued to send ships there after the earthquake:

http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2010/01/efforts-of-royal-caribbean-cruise-line_26.html

they were asked to do so by the Haitian government as they are the largest provider of tourist dollars to the country which desperately needed that income following the disaster. As a cruiser with 77 Royal Caribbean sailings in the last 15 years
( most not in the Caribbean,
though ), I was glad to learn of their humanitarian efforts in Haiti long before the earthquake!

rochambeau said...

Hi Gil and Mrs. Trotter.
These photos are pristine. So hard to imagine the recent earthquake. It seems natural disasters are attracted to natural beauty!

Wishing each of you well.
xox
Constance

Trotter said...

Hi Folks! Thanks for visiting and commenting the post on Haiti. It keeps this blog alive... On the contrary, Blogtrotter 70s & 80s (http://www.blogtrotta80s.blogspot.com/) and Blogtrotter 90s (http://blogtrotta90s.blogspot.com/) are almost dead, though they would deserve to be looked at... ;))
Have a great week ahead!!

Cloudia,
Aloha! Start packing... ;)

Pietro,
It seems that we are getting catastrophes after catastrophes this winter... Hopefully it will come to an end rather sooner than later...

Olivier,
La croisière était magnifique, mais le parapente qui monte a été une vraie surprise pour le photographe… ;)

Bharat,
Even better if you get directly on the spot!! Probably the only thing we miss in Rajasthan is the sea... ;)

Lakshmi,
Blue is always wonderful, the loveliest colour of all (even when the Blues lose their games... ;))
There have been lots of quake activity around the world; now it’s Chile; and again it was awful...

Diane,
You’re right; though between Caribbean and South Pacific I still prefer South Pacific... ;). The ship, it’s only one at a time there, is actually huge, but the land resort is prepared to accommodate everybody who wishes to disembark... A true gem...

Lucie,
J’ai un ami qui a été observateur de l’ONU à Haïti pendant les élections de M. Aristide. Il m’a apporté un tableau naïf dont tu parles. Très joli…
En ce qui concerne les flottilles, les touristes ce n’est pas mal du tout… Tout le monde en est, comme l’explique Jean-Didier Urbain dans «L’Idiot du Voyage»… ;))
Comme je l’ai écrit dans un des commentaires, j’ai eu un début d’année assez difficile et j’ai fais un break pour le Carnaval ; voilà pourquoi les blogs se ressentent… ;))

Susu,
That expression can be quite auspicious! If people in Haiti and the World manage to make Haiti something different, in such a way that it will never be the same, it may be a great achievement, as for the time being, before the tragedy, the place was quite unhealthy: poor, dirty and awfully corrupt...

Jen,
You’ll see that even better in the next post on Malfini beach... The beaches on this part of the country are gorgeous; but probably most of it, further to the natural beauty, is due to the work made by the resort caretakers...

Ted,
That’s definitely the reason why it goes up... ;)

Lori,
Hopefully...

Pat,
People from everywhere in the world have been generous with Haiti; whether the money gets into the right hands and is used to heal the suffering is always a case to be followed... For the time being there are already some bad news on corruption in the distribution of help...

Rakesh,
The place I’m showing and you’re seeing wasn’t directly affected by the quake, so most probably it won’t be in shambles now... And after a short period of discussion on whether to continue cruising the site, Royal Caribbean took the right decision to keep things running there instead of withdrawing and creating another nightmare for the poor Haitians who depend of the people disembarking in Labadee...

Ron,
There are some even better to come. Keep in touch...

Rajesh,
Thanks! My pleasure to post in such a way that people enjoy what they’re seeing and keep commenting the feedback...

Barb,
I can imagine that a new bag would be needed for you to carry all the stuff you would buy at the handicraft centre... ;)
If he was already there, there was already a lot to help on... Great that your realtor was found safe and has arrived safe and sound back home for the due tribute...

Peter,
Not on this one; at the previous cruise we were at Captain’s table (with decent champagne...) ;)). And next time, with the help of Carmen (http://rnsane.blogspot.com/), who cruised with Royal Caribbean 77 times in the last 15 years, I hope to get to the Table again... ;)

Gattina,
Most probably it will, as this part of the country wasn’t directly affected by the quake...

Regina,
I’m happy you’re following... Thanks!
The origami towel arrangements are a cruise speciality... No wonder you’re familiar with... ;)

Trotter said...

Replies, Part Two:

Eye,
Sometimes earthquakes even destroy beauty...
It wasn’t the case here, as this portion of the country wasn’t directly hit by the quake...

Ingrid,
Tourist’s Haiti is part of real Haiti, as real Haiti is made out of everything that is actually there. Like Tourist’s Germany is part of real Germany, including immigrants’ Germany and everything else... The idea of splitting is not always precise...
I don’t mind at all on critical views on tourist resorts; just find them bluntly inaccurate... ;)). Hope you don’t mind you the dissimilar views...

Betty,
It wasn’t lost; this part, at least...

Thérèse,
Vraiment l’idée que la corruption «s’installe» petit à petit est drôle, car elle n’a jamais laissé d’être là ; peut-être un peu bouleversé pendant la période des «after chocs», mais surement enraciné dans les traditions locales… ;)

Juka,
It looks like that already… Or maybe better, as they have made a fifty million dollar investment to accommodate the huge Oasis of the Seas... ;)

JoAnn,
Hope your family matters aren’t keeping you so busy and concerned to drive you out of our company at the blogosphere...
It would be our pleasure to have your company in one of the trips. By the way, why don’t you make a trip back to warmer Portugal... ;)

Paul,
Blue and green was fascinating, as you’ll see in the next post...

Paz,
Even more than that...

Dina,
There is an even larger ship now at sea: the Oasis of the Seas! An incredible floating city... ;)
As for the Supreme Court posts, I loved to see them: maybe there is a chance that I visit it one day. For the time being, no invitation has yet arrived... ;))

99,
Great to see you here, as always!!

MedaM,
It’s true that life of the almost three hundred Haitians that work at the resort and the two hundred who sell their handcrafts there has no comparison with the life of other Haitians, namely those directly hit by the earthquake!

Yvonne,
Hopefully there will be help for everybody...

Andrea,
Great to have you back here! Hope you had a great concert last night!!
Not at all. This part wasn’t hit by the quake, so the place would probably be looking quite like on these pictures!!
Winter also in Lisbon, but at least this morning the sun shines... ;)

Lynn,
The zip was definitely the most exciting of the entertainments there; no wonder you would love to take it... ;))
Huge that ship! I imagine how the Oasis would look like from the very same beach... ;)

Joyce,
Thanks!!

Mariposa,
Warm soul you have!!

Rune,
Sometimes things go better implicit, and that is probably more effective than putting them bluntly explicitly...
It’s hard to anticipate what locals actually can get to enjoy!!

Rhonda,
You’re the second person I «know» that has been to Port au Prince; the first was my neighbour in the 8th floor... Amazing! ;)

Leo,
It’s always tricky at the horizon line... ;))

Stuart,
Great to see you back with us!! Hope you have full recovered, or at least are in the process of full recovery!!
You know, cruises have a great advantage: you only unpack and pack once... the hotel travels with you. And at a certain point in life (ageing...) that’s a very convenient perspective... Furthermore it’s like living in a small city: for instance, I’ve seen my fellow companions of the dinner table only at dinner time during the whole week... Amazing isn’t it? ;)

Babli,
Different shades of blue are my special treat... ;)

Tinsie,
This part of the country remained the same...

Carmen,
I fully agree with your views on the continuation of the cruises in Labadee; it was definitely the right decision and some opposite views and arguments seemed a bit hypocrite, to say the least...

Constance,
You’re right: natural disasters are hitting beautiful places... or, at least, they are more noticeable there...
xoxo

hpy said...

Très belle série de photos qui ne présageait rien de la catastrophe à arriver. Rien de pareil au Chili, ni même sur les côtes françaises plus récemment.

Trotter said...

Hélène,
Et tu oublies ce qui c'est passé en Madère il y a une semaine... Afrreux tout ça...

Venksh said...

Hi Gil,
Wow no words to the pic u hav shot...
Haiti is very awesome...
The sea looks very beautiful n blue...

Kven.

Trotter said...

Kven,
That's a truly Caribbean Sea...

A Lady's Life said...

gorgeous place . Tragic about the earthquake killing so many.
Now they have turberculosis on the island which they say will spread over seas. They said it will take three years to clear all the rubble before they can begin to rebuild properly.

Trotter said...

Lady,
They always had hard times on that island; it seems that they will keep having the same for the next years...

Dana said...

Hello dear trotter!!! Long time no see. Sorry for my absence, I'm a busy bee lately ;)

Your pics are amazing! What an amazing place, it's so sad though, 200, 000 victims, it breaks my heart.

I wish you the best, thanks for visiting my blog.

Trotter said...

Dana,
Wow! Great to read you back here!
It was a terrible tragedy; like in the Boxing Day earthquake, the number of victims will always involve some mystery...
The blues however are awesome!