We decided to spend our last day in Guadeloupe at the Botanical Gardens. I’ll keep this blog short and sweet to keep from boring people with my fascination with the botanical world. There are a few photo highlights I’d like to point out and the rest will be in a gallery you can peruse if you so desire.
The garden is marked with QR codes, which you scan with an app on your smart phone. This will pull up information on what you are seeing, advertisements, or whatever anyone wants you to see. This little guy was playing Vanna White and I just had to take its picture. I didn’t scan the code, though. There were plenty of informational signs provided. Although they were written in French, I could understand the Latin names of the plants.
The restaurant in the gardens is so picturesque with the beautiful landscaping. I just wanted to sit beside the pond and enjoy a picnic lunch looking at it.
A couple of highlights in the gardens were feeding the koi fish and seeing them go crazy for the food. The blue and gold macaws were just beautiful. Both of these are included in the photo gallery. But my all-time favorite was feeding the rainbow lorikeets. These feisty little guys are not shy and start landing on you before you even get the nectar out of the vending machine. I even had three of them fighting on top of my head in some sort of territorial dispute, nearly knocking my sunglasses off. But they are so beautiful and I had so much fun, I went back for seconds at the nectar machine.
Interestingly, they gardens included a villa that survived one hurricane just to be wiped out in the next one. They rebuilt it and posted the information on the hurricanes. We’ve seen so many sunken boats and ruined buildings that I am feeling a little antsy about getting to Grenada. We have plenty of time, but I don’t want to tempt fate. If you are interested in seeing more pictures, here is photo gallery with 13 more pics: http://www.livin-life.com/galleries/guadeloupe-botanical-gardens . We leave in the morning for Dominica.