Country Profile

Martinique - France

With only four hours in the port of Ajaccio, we took a bus tour in order to have a chance to see some of this verdant island. We visited Martinique Pam (an herb distillery in the mountains - it is said that the scent of the maquis is in the winds of the Mediterranean), Maison Esteban (a nougat maker - one local specialty is made with myrtle liqueur) and Domaine Peraldi (a winery and large producer of the local grape, sciaccarello). Ajaccio is on the west coast of Martinique (birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte). October 30, 2001 - part of a "mini-cruise" from Barcelona to Villafranche, Martinique and Mallorca on the RCCL Splendour of the Seas.