A Trip to the North – In Photos

One of the places on our “Must Visit While Living in Haiti List” was the Citadel or Citadelle Henry Christophe in the town of Milot near Cap-Haitien in the north. In late December we took the 7 hour drive up there with our visiting son and his girlfriend to spend a few days out of the big city and to see a part of Haiti we had never been to.

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We stayed in a little beach hotel in the village of Labadee

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The beach hotel was accessible only by boat.

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Royal Caribbean owns a small beach here for their cruisers to spend the day. We were not allowed to visit.

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The rugged beautiful shores of the north

 

With the help of a wonderful local historian and guide we explored Palais Sans-Souci and the Citadel.

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Palais Sans-Souci seems out of place in the small town of Milot but in its day it was a wonder to behold, it still is.

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The Citadel from the trail that leads to the fortress.

The Citadel from the trail that leads to the fortress.

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We decided to take the easy way up riding on donkeys.

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Built as a fortress to protect against a possible attack by the French, the watchmen on the walls never saw a Frenchman and thousands of canon balls were never fired.

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A series of forts was built in the area to give a view of the entire area. If the fort that was on this hillside was overrun by the French the cannons would fire from the Citadel to destroy the fort

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Samuel helped our guide reenact how the Haitian guards would have presented themselves to us

Samuel helped our guide reenact how the Haitian guards would have presented themselves to us

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The views were outstanding

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A view to the north and the city of Cap-Haitien

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Back to the hotel in the early evening as the sun sets

 

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