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    The Ruins Spice Shop

    by dlytle Written Jan 26, 2004

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    The Ruins Spice Store really is a place you should visit while you are in Roseau. When you walk in the place your nose will find it to have a very aromatic ambiance. There is container after container containing spices from around the world. All of them are labeled so it is easy to browse and find some of your favorites in this shop.

    The store also carries some liqueurs and, when we were there, they were allowing customers to sample a few of their better ones. We imbibed a little at the store and wound up buying a tasty one from the very friendly proprietors.

    If you ask them they will show you the area where they plan to extend their shop. It is an ancient basement area and they will be glad to explain to you the historical significance of the room.

    It really is a place worthy of spending a little bit of your time in Roseau!

    The Ruins Spice Store in Roseau, Dominica
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    Roseau charms you with its buildings and people

    by dlytle Updated Jan 21, 2004

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    I found Dominica's small capital city of Roseau (pronounced ruse-oh) to be like a beautiful picture postcard; colorful buildings marching down from the lofty, undulating green ridges, which hem the town in on one side while crystal clear seawater contains its growth on its other side. Approaching from the sea, what you see first is a street full of old British colonial buildings sparkling in the overhead sun. The oldest buildings all seem to have jalousies and gingerbread porches or balconies. The friendly Creole women can be seen selling everything from trinkets and baskets to bananas and even livestock. Many of the men are scurrying about trying to get the tourists to take a tour or visit a shop or they even just stand in small groups smiling and talking.

    Arriving in Dominica is like stepping into the past. There are very few modern buildings, not much traffic and, I was told, almost no crime. It is a place that modern tourism seems to have largely bypassed. And therein, I think, lies its charm. It doesn't have much in the way of beach areas, but a greater portion of Dominica is still covered by rain forest than any other major Caribbean island. Blend its remarkable natural gifts with maybe the most friendly people I've come across in the Caribbean, and you've got all of the makings of an island that you never want to leave.

    I’ll bet that you fall in love with this poor but colorful place before you realize it. It’s charm reaches out to you from its natural setting, its buildings and its people alike.

    Dominica's Capital City of Roseau
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    Quaint, ancient Old Market in Roseau, Dominica

    by dlytle Written Jan 20, 2004

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    Roseau’s rustic and interesting Old Market is located in a cobblestone square, behind the Post Office, about one-half block up from the cruise pier. The square housing this market, dating from the 16th century, was the colorful center of the City’s commercial activities until the early 1970s.

    This historic area has seen slave auctions and public executions as well as the sale of produce to the local populace. It is currently a delightful and colorful pedestrian craft market. For folks into history, a red-painted, wrought iron Victorian-style memorial within the old market denotes the ancient slab where slave auctions took place.

    Currently, the Old Market is primarily a craft and souvenir market for cruise ship tourists. There are stalls where local people sell handicrafts like baskets and carved wood and gourds as well as other souvenirs. It seems to me, however, that an ironic twist of history is occurring. In Roseau’s early days there were black people brought by ships who were subsequently sold, like other products, by white people. Nowadays, there are white people that come by (cruise) ships and the black people are now selling products back to them. Kind of interesting I think. Also interesting is that I was told that when no cruise ship is in port then this old market is deserted.

    Chances are good that when you visit the old market you might find yourself mixed in with the teeming masses from at least one disembarked cruise ship as they pore over the local souvenirs looking for some bit of treasure to take home. I certainly was. Although we were on the only ship in port, it was the large Sun Princess.

    Old Market viewed from the slave auction slab
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  • water that doesn't stop falling

    by dominicafan Written Jul 2, 2003

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    A trip to the Space mountain Falls was the highlight of my visit. A 2 hour hike through incredibly lush rainforest, up and up and up until reaching a series of 5 waterfalls and cascades, one above the next above the next.
    Each waterfall is completely different and climbing through the falls to reach the higher ones was a humungous wet challenge.
    The views spectacular, the falls incredible, and the hike was quite a challenge.

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  • Dominica's Carnival!

    by delphis Updated Mar 5, 2003

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    It's not Rio, but it has a charm of its own.

    Held at the traditional pre-lenten time, it's known as the Caribbean's most original Carnival. Several shows in the days before, but the big events are the two days of street jump-up held on Carnival Monday/Tuesday.

    Things to look out for: Sensey costume, Bwa Bwa (stilts).

    Carnival Street Parade
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  • East Coast Waterfalls

    by delphis Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Dominica has many falls, but my favourite are the two east coast falls, Sari-Sari and Victoria. Both involve a 2-hour round trip rock-hopping along a river to a spectacular fall. And you can swim in the pool at the bottom!

    Victoria Falls, Dominica
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    Carib Territory

    by Martin_S. Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The "Carib Territory" is located on the eastern seacoast, just north of central and south of Marigot. These are the original natives of Dominica and you can see several examples of their homes and art there. The picture shows a tribal home.

    Carib Indian Home, Dominica
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  • Take a hike through lush...

    by TheMiche Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Take a hike through lush tropical forest to the Falls (cant remember the name).
    Go to the Carib territory.
    Drive around the island, the mountain formations are unreal.
    Stop at the Inn and Restaurant on the river for lunch.

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    Trafalgar Falls

    by steph4867 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Five miles up from the Roseau River Valley, in the south-central sector of Dominica, Trafalgar Falls can be reached after you drive through the village of Trafalgar. Shortly beyond the hamlet of Trafalgar and up a short hill, there's a little kiosk where you can hire a guide to take you on the short walk to the actual falls. In all, allow about 1 1/2 hours for this excursion from Trafalgar to the falls itself. This is the only road or pathway into the falls. Here, however, you have to approach on foot, as the slopes are too steep for vehicles. After a 20-minute walk past ginger plants and vanilla orchids, you arrive at the base, where a trio of falls converge into a rock-strewn pool.

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    tubing - first in town find a...

    by viaholly Written Aug 25, 2002

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    tubing - first in town find a tire store shop and buy tubes, there on the outskirts of town - also bring rope to tie the tubes together or you will lose each other - then find your way to the Layo hotel (you must take a car, its about a 20 min drive) there ask them where the Layo hot springs are and take the short drive - put your tubes in just befor upstream of the bridge. follow the river to the back yard of the Layo hotel and get out there you can eat and drink the foods great and the owner Gary is a gas!
    As far as I know we are the only ones who do this. warning it is possible the water is too rough last time I went I was dangerously dragged by the rope and we had to get out. Where we all notice there was a huge whole in my shorts and underwear, it was not fun hitchicking back to the car!

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    The Boiling Lake - A SUPER...

    by viaholly Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Boiling Lake - A SUPER must see- if you don't see this, you've completley missed out!
    B.L. world national heritage sight- ALL DAY (hard) hike-( I watched people turn back befor half way. Many different terrains on the way up. the water really does boil. aproxamaily 1/2 way into the hike you will come across a small hot water hole that you can swim in, but look around the corner to the left and there is its mate a cold water pool. the water flows out of both in water falls and meets in the middle where the water is warm. dont drink the water there or afterthat and don't go in the hot water till the way back or you will get tierd.

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    There are a lot of different...

    by hajin Written Aug 24, 2002

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    There are a lot of different hiking opportunites and natural wonders that you can take in on this beautiful island...if we only had had the time...

    This is the beautiful Middleham waterfall. The hike to the falls was fairly easy (about one hour from the maid road) until you get to the slippery rocks. The great thing about the hike was that we did not meet one person along the way. The experience of having this huge waterfall crash into a pool of water just below you right in front of your face was astounding. While taking it all in, a blue hummingbird (found only on Guadeloupe and Dominica) came within about a foot of us. What an experience to have a rare hummingbird flying about as you are cooled down by the mist of the falls! We were so close, I couldn't even get all of the waterfall in one frame!

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    Besides the lovely natural...

    by hajin Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Besides the lovely natural spots on the island--from hikes to the different waterfalls, the Boiling Lake, the Freshwater Lake and the Emerald Pool--the Carib Territory is an interesting area to visit. Caribs were believed to have migrated to the islands from South America by boat and there's a small population still living on Dominica. Besides an interesting view of the culture, you'll also find beautiful woven handicrafts. There is also some fine hiking opportunities in this area as well--one of the nicest is the walk to the Escalier Tete Chien (shown in the picture). Islanders call a snake a tete chien (dog's head), and the literal translation of the name is snake's staircase. Seeing the formation, you can see why.

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    One of the highlights of my...

    by hajin Written Aug 24, 2002

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    One of the highlights of my trip was a bird watching tour I did with forester, Stephen Durand. I am, by no means, an avid birder, but I was lucky enough to go on this trip with the daughter of an ornithologist and was 'roped' into searching for the elusive Sisserou and Jaco (or Red-necked) parrots. Both can only be found on Dominica and there are only a very small number of Sisserous left--this impressive bird graces the Dominican flag.
    Mr. Stephen Durand was extremely knowledgable, friendly and kind. Marie-Louise from Roxy's arranged the tour for us and we were thankful. Stephen went out of his way to ensure a great trip and was just a great guy--we still talk about him to this day! As a forester, he had actually worked to create the Syndicate Trail.

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  • Must see the Boiling lake,...

    by Wenona Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Must see the Boiling lake, excellent place to visit. But it requires climbing a mountain for about 3/4 hours. And it can get extremly hot especially when you reach the peak.
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    Trafulgar falls I'll check on the name then correct it. There are hot spots in the water falls where you can bathe.If you like flowers and birds visit the botanic gardens.
    Iam a beach person and if you like the beach too. Dominica is full of them. Donkey beach was was the closet beach to where I was staying. It has black sand unusal and beautiful.There is a small bar where you can buy your drinks, beer as well as soft. While I was there, every Sunday they had a sound system on the beach, loads of people gathered, it was like on big beach party. It didn't finish until eveyon had gone.

    Do and see everything. It is a must. I went for a month with my family and I saw a lot.Only regret didn't really have enough money to Island hop. If you can it is a must, see as many Islands as you can.
    There will be pictures as soon as I can find them.

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