life through the lens
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..
Which means that the Euro is French Guiana's currency
The hotel balcony view in Kourou
Kourou's beach, on the Atlantic Ocean
It was carnival time in Kourou.
What can I say? Kourou carnival
Costumes made of banana leaves, Kourou
Bright colours at Kourou carnival
I'm not sure which bird this is (maybe a dragon or mosquito?) - Kourou
A Kourou angel
The Guiana Space Centre is at Kourou, set up by the French government.
Space Centre control room, Kourou
The sailboat from Kourou to the Iles du Salut (The Salvation Islands)
The 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
The ruins of the 19th century penal settlement buildings on Ile St Joseph
The ruins of Ile St Joseph
Nature reclaims Ile St Joseph
Ile St Joseph's beach
A view of Ile Royale in the foreground, leading to Ile St Joseph beyond
The former prison hospital on Ile Royale
Ile Royale was the French administrative headquarters for the penal colony
Political prisoners were kept on Devil's Island.
Enjoying a beer at Bodega Bar in Cayenne
The city centre of Cayenne
A decaying colonial buidling in Cayenne
The Place des Palmistes in Cayenne
Stopping 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
Cacao is a town with many refugees who left Laos in the 1970's
It's only possible to get to Kaw by boat, down the river of the same name
The village of Kaw is a base to explore the beautiful Kaw Nature Reserve
Buffaloes at Kaw Nature Reserve
Kaw Nature Reserve - there's also a lot of birdlife in the area
A night time trip in search of caiman at Kaw Nature Reserve
Looking perfectly at ease holding a caiman, Kaw Nature Reserve
Don't worry, he's still alive! The guide was proving that their bite is worse than their bark - Kaw Nature Reserve
Fourgassier Falls can break up a journey to Kaw
Montjoly beach lies just outside Cayenne. Leatherback turtles can be seen here in season
Colonial buildings at St Laurent du Maroni - on the left, locals are selling their wares from wheelbarrows
The Town Hall in St Laurent du Maroni
Prisoners arriving in French Guaiana were all processed at the Transportation Camp in St Laurent du Maroni
Prisoners' feet were shackled to the bar in this Transportation Camp cell, St Laurent du Maroni
The Transportation Camp was built in 1857, St Laurent du Maroni
The Maroni river divides St Laurent du Maroni from its neighbour in Suriname, Albina
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