NEWSLETTER JULY 2013

What’s new?

Seaborne Airlines Launches New Route to Martinique

Seaborne Airline aircraft
NEW DIRECT SERVICE FROM SAN-JUAN TO MARTINIQUE WITH SEABORNE AIRLINES

Route operates 4-times a week since June 1st, 2013.

Travelling from the U.S. to Martinique is now easier with the launch of Seaborne Airlines’ new service to the island 4 times a week since June 1st.The new flights operate as follows:

San Juan (SJU) – Martinique (FDF)
Day Flight No. Departure Arrival
Wed,Fri,Sat, Sun 4606 7:00 am 9:15 am

 

Martinique (FDF) – San Juan (SJU)
Day Flight No. Departure Arrival
Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun 4521 8:30 am 10:45 am

Additional lift to the island of flowers is timed for connections to and from the United States and Canada.

Flights can be reserved via www.seaborneairlines.com, Expedia, Travelocity, and Priceline or through local travel agencies. Connecting travel with American Airlines is also available on AA.com.
Just released:
New codeshare program between American Airlines and Seaborne Airlines now allows you to book your American Airlines and Seaborne Airlines combined itinerary on www.aa.com while earning AAdvantage program miles.
Seaborne Airlines uses a SAAB 340B aircraft for the new Martinique service, offering the comfort of 34 economy class seats, with in-flight service.

Bench by the Road (Tony Morrison Society)

 

Aimé Césaire

Toni Morrison Society honors Martinique’s Aimé Césaire, a towing voice of the 20th century
Toni Morrison Society dedicates a Bench by the Road to Aimé Césaire.
On June 26, 2013, the Toni Morrison Society placed a Bench by the Road in Fort-de-France, Martinique in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aimé Césaire. The bench placement represents one of the keystone events in the year-long celebration and commemoration of Aimé Césaire in Martinique, France and throughout the world.

Born in Basse-Pointe, June 26, 1913, Aimé Césaire was an early proponent of black pride, dedicating his life to the struggle against colonialism and its racial stereotypes and the fight to bring equal to French overseas territories, including Martinique, equal status as regions of France.

The Bench by the Road Project of the Toni Morrison Society is a memorial history project established by the Society to honor an individual, place, or event that is of great importance in the history of Black people who are part of the African Diaspora.  The Project was launched in 2006 on the occasion of the 75th Birthday of Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. Since 2006, the Society has placed nine benches in various locations including Sullivan’s Island off the coast of South Carolina, which was the point of entry for 40 percent of enslaved Africans who came to North America, the city of Oberlin in Ohio, which was part of the Underground Railroad, and Paris, in honor of Louis Delgrès, a French  general and freedom fighter for Guadeloupe.

The Bench in honor of Aimé Césaire is the 10th Bench placement by the Society.  As stated on the bench plaque in his honor was unveiled on June 26th: “This Bench  placed in honor of the 100th birthday of Aimé Césaire, son of Martinique and world renowned poet, playwright, author, teacher, anti-colonialist, and political leader.”

In 1935, Césaire was admitted to the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and was one of the principal architects of the Négritude Movement, the affirmation of a black and African Diaspora culture and heritage. Césaire’s most famous poem, Cahier D’un Retour au Pays Natal, was published in 1939. From 1945 to 2001, Césaire served as Mayor of Fort- de-France and served in the French National Assembly from 1946 to 1993 as Deputy.
Aimé Césaire passed away on April 17, 2008 in Fort-de-France. In 2011, a plaque bearing his name was placed in the Panthéon of Paris, where some of France’s most revered citizens are buried including Victor Hugo, Pierre and Marie Curie, Victor Shoelcher, Jean Moulin and André Malraux.

Aimé Césaire was a true champion of people of the Antilles, Africa, and the entire African diaspora. His words and his voice left a profound impression on all people, and his life serves as an inspiration to artists and activists around the world.

For more information www.tonimorrisonsociety.org

Upcoming events

 

 

Cultural Festival in Fort-de-France

July 5-21, 2013
The festival celebrates all the arts of the Caribbean and the world in mixing music, dance or art exhibition in various cultural places in Fort-de-France. Many international artists such as the Haitian singer Wyclef Jean or the Caribbean group, Kassav have graced the festival of Fort-de-France.

International Cycling Tour of Martinique

July 6-14, 2013
Martinique will organize its 32th International Cycling Tour all around the island. During this week, cyclists around the world through nine steps will compete on the meandering roads of the island.This event is a huge opportunity for young teammates to grind games to the next Tour de France.

For more information http://www.cyclismemartinique.com/



Martinique Yoles Race

Yole Festival in Martinique

July 28-August 4, 2013
This year, the long-awaited Martinique Yoles Race will start and conclude on the beach of the city of Marin. The regatta is a week-long competition that celebrates the distinctive type of yoles known as yoles-rondes that have been developed and perfected for sailing the waters around Martinique over hundreds of years.Every summer, for the past quarter century, the Martinique Yoles Race has marked the peak of the boating season with a prologue and seven stages of racing that circles the entire island. Besides the racing on the water, every stop along the way plays host to dockside parties that welcome sailors and spectators alike with music, dancing, food. A trip to the Martinique Yoles Race offers visitors a chance to see a unique, daring style of boat racing. While enjoying the delicious Creole/French/Caribbean cuisine and unrivaled rum of Martinique in an unforgettable week of music and merriment.

For more information http://www.tourdesyoles.com/

La Ronde des Caps

Ronde des Caps
August 31, 2013
The Ronde des Caps, is a half countryside marathon open to everybody, taking place at Sainte-Anne, in the extreme south of the island. Runners or walkers participate with family or friends in one of the most friendly of Martinique races.

Festival Biguine Jazz

Biguine Jazz Festival
August 9-12, 2013
For all music lovers, come to enjoy this unique moment in the Caribbean to discover the wonderful combination of jazz and traditional music from Martinique, the Biguine. On the program, more than one hundred local and international artists.
For more information http://www.biguinejazz.fr

Events Excuse My Kreyol by Willem Germany

Excuse My Kreyol
Every last Sunday of the month
Sunday Caribbean Gospel Brunch
Discover the new concept of event mixing modernity and tradition, Gospel music and Kreyol brunch in a warm atmosphere.In the middle of a tropical garden at l’Essentiel Restaurant in Trois Ilets, come enjoy at 9am and 11:30am a delicious brunch with Caribbean flavors.

For more information http://www.excusemykreyol.com/

 

 

Special deals

Hotel Cap Est Lagoon Resort Spa*****

Cap est lagoon resort
SPECIAL OFFER
1 EURO = 1 US DOLLAR
ALMOST 30% SAVINGS*!
406 €/night = 406 USD/night
203 USD/night/person

Set on the east coast of Martinique (FWI), Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa***** is a charming luxury Relais & Châteaux hotel, nestled in a tropical garden, facing the coral reef and crystal-clear lagoon. Take advantage of our special spring offer released to support the new American Airlines weekly direct flight between Miami and Martinique! Be tempted to discover a mix of Creole charm & French savoir-faire:

Valid until September 30th 2013 for all 7-night minimum stays.

Offer valid on Junior Suites (double occupancy).

Includes buffet breakfast, taxes and services.

Added value: Free upgrade to a Deluxe Suite featuring a plunge pool deck and an outdoor shower**

 

* Based on April 17th exchange rate

**Upgrade is subject to availability at time of booking

Not valid on previous bookings – cannot by combined with other offers

Travel agents: Please contact us for commission details

 

Please call (011) 33 1 53 75 22 37

Or contact via email booking@capest.com

Promo code 1 € = 1 $

 

Did you know?

The Flyboard is available now!

Flyboard
Photo by Jessica Marie
Experience the new attraction at Le Coin beach of the Carbet, on the Caribbean East side. Try to swim like a dolphin or propel you into the air with the Flyboard, a device that can propel you up to 7 meters.
The Flyboard sends water under pressure to the feet and hands to move, and after a few minutes you can easily move in the air and in water. Thrills guaranteed!

For more information:

www.facebook.com/MadiXtrem-Flyboard Martinique

madixtrem@gmail.com

 

Gourmet corner

Planteur
Photo by David Giral

Planteur Recipe

Ingredients
White rhum
Sugar cane
Vanilla
Orange juice
Guava juice
Pineapple juice
All in equal quantity

 

Directions

Splash of sugar cane
Guava, pineapple and orange juice
Drop of vanilla essence
Some white rhum agricole from Martinique

 

Enjoy!