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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, June 21, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Gaudeloupe: tropical isles with touch of French charm By JAMES NELSON GOODSELL Christian Science Monitor POINTE A PITRE, GAUDELOUPE Guadeloupe and Martinique, with their French accent in language, customs, and culture, are for me two of the most exquisite and charming islands anywhere. And now as the "off- season" approaches, the package rates offered by maior hotel chains and Air France also are attractive. In the reporter's book, these islands with their French connections have a compelling flavor that separates them from the rest of the island studded Caribbean. Both Guadeloupe, the larger of the two, and Martinique combine a variety of spec- tacular landscape from and rocky mountains to verdant valleys, from idyllic fishing villages to working banana and pineapple plan- tations, from the more sopisticated to the rather humble and unvarnished. And, of course, there are the beaches and the Caribbean waters of greenish blue along with the azure sky and its wisps of white clouds. Passport Photos Candid Waddings Picture Framing Photo Supplier A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 7103rdAve. S. Phone 328-0222 THE FINEST RETIREMENT AND RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY Blind Bay, B.C., 50 miles east of Kamloops on Trans Canada Please mail me a free brochure. NAME ADDRESS PHONE Other islands have much, or all, of this, too. So it's the French touch that makes the difference. It is unmistakable, not alone because of the language, but equally because of the attitudes and at- mosphere. The minute the visitor arrives in the airports at Pointe a Pitre here on Guadeloupe or at Fort de France on Martinique, or in the harbors of the two cities, this French touch is noticeable. Moreover, it is charming and appealing. The two islands, of course, are quite different from each other. Martinique is more modern, more sophisticated, while Guadeloupe is much more rooted in the past and the pace of life is simpler. Martinique as a result is more tourist oriented with three times as many cruise ships stopping each year. But Guadeloupe is coming up fast It registered a 43 per- cent increase in the number of tourists between 1970 and 1971. while Martinique was totaling up a respectable 23 percent hike. Both are counting on sub- stantially larger numbers dur- ing the 1970's. New hotel facilities, sparked by Air France's commitment, with attractive, modern 300 room structures on both islands, have doubled capacity. Moreover, Club Mediterranee, with facilities on both islands, is preparing for a tourist increase in the next few years. Dining is one of the things that set these islands apart. In part, this is due to that French connection, but it is also the blending of French cooking with creole or island dishes that make both islands a gourmet's paradise. But the visitor doesn't have to be a gourmet to enjoy the meals. Beachfront restaurants, quite unpretentious and very casual, serve up freshly caught fish cooked with sauces. Almost anywhere the visitor can find delightful restaurants. The Leyntz Plantation, hidden in the interior of northern Martinique, is an ex- ample. Lobsters, crab salads, snapper, and the like come in a variety of forms. On either island, it is worth the effort to take a day long tour away from the hotel and away from the capital cities. On Guadeloupe, for example, a visit to the volcano Soufriere and the waterfalls of Capesterre offers the oppor- tunity to see tropical rain forests and lovely fishing villages, including the city of Basse Terre, which is the capital of the island although Pointe a Pitre is the chief city. On Martinique, a similar day's tour should include Saint Pierre, the former capital, at the foot of Monte Pelee, the volcano that erupted in 1902 >ST.BARTHELEMY Atlantic Ocean G U ADELOUPE: Pointe-a-Pitre 80 Tropical coast Pointe des Colibris, Gaudeloupe and turned the town into the Pompeii of the New World. All but one of the inhabitants perished in the eruption. Above Saint Pierre, the road winds through banana plantations where it is possi- ble to stop for roadside purchases and if you go far enough into the interior, the visitor can find a number of working banana, sugar, and pineapple plantations where it is possible to visit. Anyone coming to either Guadeloupe or Martinique ought to get in some beach time. The undertow can be strong on some of the beaches, particularly on the Atlantic side of either island, but there are enough beaches around for either the expert or the dabbler or the person who simply wants to lie in the sun. Visits here from the United States are possible on many cruise ship runs and also by easy air connection from New York. Miami, and San Juan with Air France Pan American, and Eastern From Europe. Air France, out of Pans, is the best connec- tion The Herald Tra vel U.S. gas availability improves Mo PAINTS Benjamin ore It's nice to know that Dealer. He knows exactly there are still some things you can depend how to help you get the best possible re- on. Like Benjamin Moore Paints, for in- suits out of any painting project. And that's stance. And your Benjamin Moore Paint why he sells Benjamin Moore Paints. SEE YOUR BENJAMIN MOORE PAINT DEALER. Freddie's Paint (Western) Ltd. 816 3rd Avenue S., Lethbridge, Alberta Phone 327-5540 VANCOUVER Gasoline availability in the United States continues to improve with motorists paying slightly more for fuel, but finding it increasingly obtainable as service stations extend their hours because of greater supplies. The states of Colorado. Utah, Montana, North Dakota. South Dakota and Wyoming enjoy the best over- all conditions as 90 per cent of the local stations contacted in an American Automobile Association survey are pump- ing gasoline after 6 p.m. weekdays. On Saturday. 89 per cent of the stations are open after 6 p.m. and 76 per cent are open Sundays. The New England states of Connecticut. Maine. Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont have the most limited availability in the United States but even there conditions are improving as 46 per cent of the stations are open after 6 p.m. weekdays, 36 per cent are pumping after 6 p.m. Saturdays and 32 per cent are open Sundays. As further evidence of the sustained improvement, the number of states using any type of odd-even distribution system has been reduced to six, with Canadians exempt in every one and purchase restrictions in effect only in Maryland where the limit is eight gallons. Local county and city odd-even plans have been discontinued throughout the United States. Likewise, only two turn- pikes continue adaptations of the odd-even plan, but again, Canadians are exempt. Roger Jarman, Director- Canada of the United States Travel Service, says. "We're pleased, but not surprised, by the vast improvement because it reinforces what we have said all along that Canadians don't have to post- pone or cancel summer driv- ing vacations to the United States. Even in New England there is absolutely no reason for concern or apprehension about obtaining enough gas for travel." On a nationwide U.S. basis. Regular gasoline now averages 67.2 cents for the equivalent of an imperial gallon with Premium gasoline at 70 8 These prices compare favourably with the approx- imate averages in Metropolitan Vancouver of 64 9 and 69.9 respectively. Wheelchairs, strollers available at Expo '74 SPOKANE Expo '74 World's Fair management went all-out to see that the handicapped and parents with toddlers enjoy the fair pretty- much on their own. The grounds and most of the pavilions are easily negotiated by people in wheelchairs and on crutches (though there is an escalator in the Australian And parents can rent strollers for their young ones or place youngsters with qualified personnel (including nurses at the Lutheran Child Care Center both at reasonable prices "Our aim was to make it easy for everybody to get around the fairgrounds and take in all the exhibits with minimum effort." said Petr L. Spurney. Expo General Manager. Strollers and wheelchairs. are available from Expo Ren- We've added more trips! From LETHBRIDGE: CALGARY 6 trips per day MEDICINE HAT 2 trips per day BANFF 3 trips per day EDMONTON 6 trips per day SUPER SERVICE! S8.45 "12.50 it's going to be a summer to remember! Let Greyhound show you Canada dose up. Summer Holiday fun begins with super travel service and our added scheduling means added convenience for YCU. Rely on Scemcruiser super- comforl, with air-conditioning, reslrooms and all the pan- oramic view you can take in. Forget about traffic, weather, gasoline costs here's mind-soothing economy! EFFECTIVE JUNE 26 Greyhound jhe super navel value HOLIDAY HELPER INFORMATION 327-1551 tals, a private firm at all five of Expo's gates. Price for stollers is 75 cents an hour or per 12-hour day Wheelchairs rent for per hour or per 12-hour day. And rolling them around the site is easy surface grades were kept to no more than degrees on most of the grounds. Restroorris are also design- ed to accommodate the han- dicapped. Each of the many on site is equipped with a stall wide enough for wheelchairs. And for those who need help pushing the wheelchairs or strollers around, there is always a troop of Boy Scouts on hand ready and anxious to help out. Prices at the child care center are SI per hour for the first child in a family and 50 cents for each additional child. The center takes children eight years old or under and keeps them a maximum of four hours. Those left bevond Lvman. four hours are charged S5 per 15 minutes. The center also serves as a haven for children who stray from their parents. Saturday is Montana Day at Expo SPOKANE June 22 has been set aside as "Montana Day" during Expo "74. Gov Thomas L. Judge will make an official visit to Expo that day. "I hope that many Montanans will join me in traveling to Spokane on that weekend to be ambassadors of good will for Montana and help promote tourism to our great state." Gov, Judge said. The official Expo Band will salute Montana with the state song. And a special appearance by the Missoula All-City Grade School Band, under the direction of Roy 608-5th Ave. South Phone 328-7921 or 328-1181 S open Monday Itiru Friday S 3D m to p Saturday 12.30 p m. 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