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The first photos are of the Hospital Central. I did not want to attract notice by taking photos so there are very few. It is the only hospital on the island. Since Guadeloupe is French, medicine is socialized. I wanted to hire a private nurse for my mother who had been taken there off a cruise ship after having a heart attack and was told there were no private nurses to be had. I was also admonished not to expect the same care that we would get in the USA. My mother was in ICU for two nights and is now in Cardio ICU but on the mend. I cannot get in touch with her because there are no phones in the rooms. Nor is there bottled water, toilet paper or soap. You have to bring all that in yourself.

Elevators

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Entrance to cardio icu

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Hallway

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Floor in cardio icu

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The day before I left I took photos of downtown Pointe a Pitre, the town the hospital is in. It is a port town and shuts down at night. There is 25% unemployment n the island and lots of gangs now. Cocaine comes in from Colombia and marijuana from Jamaica and the other independent islands. In spite of this, there is a lot of cool food action going on. Here are photos of the market.

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So how's your mom?

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Conch. The fishing of conch is regulated and it is now in season.

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Lots of red snapper

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Fish scale scrapers made from bottle caps nailed into wood.

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Spice market. Amazing variety, including gorgeous cinnamon and vanilla.

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When we left, she was still hooked up to an IV but the doc said they would take it out today. I have no idea how she is because I don't have any way to get in touch. My brother will find a cafe with WIFI tomorrow, I hope, and will report. I am hoping that today was good and that they got her upright and out of bed. She was back on oxygen yesterday because she had been lying prone for nearly a week.

 

 

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I do have photos of some of our meals, of course! They are on Andrew's camera and I'll get them dowloaded later today. The fish there was fantastic: the best we had ever eaten. I guess we had produce as well. It's kind of a blur still. More photos later on today.

 

 

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Sounds like your mom is making some progress which is great. Having a medical situation in a foreign land has to be 1 of life's worst situations. Wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

 

Secondary importance but great pics and I'm glad you were able to at least experience a little bit of Guadeloupe

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Yes, I'm home. And still waiting for news from my brother.

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Good news.

 

She has been "released" from the hospital, although she will stay there until her doc/nurse team comes from Switzerland to fly her back to a Zurich rehab hospital. They will fly commercial. This should happen Thursday or Friday.

 

Phew. Almost there.

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My parents should be landing in Zurich about now. Here are some more photos.

 

Salt cod beignets, Creole blood pudding and andouille. Nice oniony salsa.

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Whole grilled red snapper

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Chicken curry bubbling away. Didn't try this.

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Grilled dorade and fries

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Coconut semifreddo with caramel

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Andrew spent one day at the beach and stumbled on a swimsuit photo shoot. Poor kid.

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Nice write up in the WSJ. 70 degree temperature, relatively uncrowded, easy flights from Providence, NYC, and Fort Lauderdale. Most of the storm damage has been removed.

 

 

8 p.m. Regardless of whether you’re a guest at Le Relais du Moulin, have dinner at Le Mango, its excellent open-air restaurant. (Reserve in advance.) If you’re lucky, you can feast on succulent, tender lamb that the chef has been spit-roasting by the pool, sided with creamy plantains au gratin. Otherwise, consider the lobster ravioli and the coconut blancmangé. A three course-meal costs about $40.

DAY TWO // SATURDAY8 a.m. La Toubana’s generous buffet includes cakes, pastries and a selection of confitures maison—house-made preserves.

 

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Time for some shade. Hit Soif les Bronzés, a food truck covered in brightly painted signs, with a thatch-roofed seating area nearby. Highlights include bokit, a fried-bread sandwich that can be stuffed with cheese, meat, eggs, or vegetables; crispy, fluffy seafood or vegetable fritters known as accras; and the homemade sorbet. Wash it down with a punch coco (coconut rum punch).

 

Nine rum distilleries, some with prices lower than the duty free shops.

 

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-sun-soaked-weekend-in-the-french-caribbean-an-hour-by-hour-guide-1511376884

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