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.
We stayed in a little beach hotel in the village of Labadee
The beach hotel was accessible only by boat.
Royal Caribbean owns a small beach here for their cruisers to spend the day. We were not allowed to visit.
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.
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.
The Citadel from the trail that leads to the fortress.
We decided to take the easy way up riding on donkeys.
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.
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
Samuel helped our guide reenact how the Haitian guards would have presented themselves to us
The views were outstanding
A view to the north and the city of Cap-Haitien
Back to the hotel in the early evening as the sun sets