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FRENCH GUIANA (France)


Location - South America; Capital - Cayenne; Population - 250,000; Currency - Euro

Flying into Paramaribo, we headed straight for Kourou in French Guiana, in 2004. French Guiana is an overseas department of France and therefore, bizarrely, part of the European Union..

 

euro Which means that the Euro is French Guiana's currency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui40The hotel balcony view in Kourou

 

 

 

gui41Kourou's beach, on the Atlantic Ocean

 

 

gui26It was carnival time in Kourou.
A slave on the left, a crocodile on the right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui27What can I say? Kourou carnival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui28Costumes made of banana leaves, Kourou

 

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gui29Kourou carnival

 

 

gui31Bright colours at Kourou carnival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui33I'm not sure which bird this is (maybe a dragon or mosquito?) - Kourou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui38A Kourou angel

 

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gui36Kourou carnival

 

 

gui3The Guiana Space Centre is at Kourou, set up by the French government.
It's also the centre for the development of the Ariane rocket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui6Space Centre control room, Kourou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui7The sailboat from Kourou to the Iles du Salut (The Salvation Islands)

 

 

gui8The Iles du Salut comprise Ile Royal, Ile St Joseph and Ile du Diable (Devil's Island). They were a French penal colony, and made famous in the film Papillon

More info on Devil's Island and the Iles du Salut here

 

 

gui12The ruins of the 19th century penal settlement buildings on Ile St Joseph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui13The ruins of Ile St Joseph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui16Nature reclaims Ile St Joseph

 

 

gui18Ile St Joseph's beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui19A view of Ile Royale in the foreground, leading to Ile St Joseph beyond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui20The former prison hospital on Ile Royale

 

 

gui22Ile Royale was the French administrative headquarters for the penal colony

 

 

gui25Political prisoners were kept on Devil's Island.
Alfred Dreyfus was imprisoned here. Henri Charriere, better known as Papillon, spent time on Ile Royale and Ile St Joseph but apparently not Devil's Island
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gui43Enjoying a beer at Bodega Bar in Cayenne

 

 

gui44The city centre of Cayenne

 

 

gui44aA decaying colonial buidling in Cayenne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui45The Place des Palmistes in Cayenne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui46Stopping off on the road to Cacao in the French Guiana interior. We hired a car for a few days to explore areas away from the coast, as public transport is pretty much non-existent

 

 

gui47Cacao is a town with many refugees who left Laos in the 1970's

 

 

gui50It's only possible to get to Kaw by boat, down the river of the same name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui51The village of Kaw is a base to explore the beautiful Kaw Nature Reserve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui53Buffaloes at Kaw Nature Reserve

 

 

gui54Kaw Nature Reserve - there's also a lot of birdlife in the area

 

 

gui56A night time trip in search of caiman at Kaw Nature Reserve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui55Looking perfectly at ease holding a caiman, Kaw Nature Reserve

 

 

gui58Don't worry, he's still alive! The guide was proving that their bite is worse than their bark - Kaw Nature Reserve

 

 

gui60Fourgassier Falls can break up a journey to Kaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui61Montjoly beach lies just outside Cayenne. Leatherback turtles can be seen here in season

 

 

gui62Colonial buildings at St Laurent du Maroni - on the left, locals are selling their wares from wheelbarrows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui63The Town Hall in St Laurent du Maroni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui64Prisoners arriving in French Guaiana were all processed at the Transportation Camp in St Laurent du Maroni

 

 

gui66Prisoners' feet were shackled to the bar in this Transportation Camp cell, St Laurent du Maroni

 

 

gui67The Transportation Camp was built in 1857, St Laurent du Maroni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gui69The Maroni river divides St Laurent du Maroni from its neighbour in Suriname, Albina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.tourisme-guyane.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Guiana

 

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