Arrived in Haiti yesterday and sharing some initial photos. It was too dark to take any good photos of our surroundings but I was able to capture some of the fabulous Hatian art which we saw.
Haitians are extremely creative and resourceful artists, using lots of recycled items. You can see their craft not only being sold by vendors on the side of the roads but also hanging on the walls of buildings like our hotel, Best Western Premier. Everything to be seen is handmade – carved, painted, sculpted … all very very beautiful.
To offer a little history, Haiti was discovered by Christopher Columbus on 5 December 1492. Yet, it is probably more known for political turmoil and names such as Toussaint Louverture, Napoleon Bonaparte, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Jean-Claude Duvalier (known as Baby Doc), and Jean-Bertrand Aristide than for its artisans. In 2010, the country was devastated by a terrible earthquake of 7.0 magnitude which left a million Haitians homeless and a death toll of approximately 220,000 people.
Haiti has a rich culture of music, art, festivals, architecture, religion, sports, cuisine and of course folklore. Over the next few days I will try to take as many photos as possible to share with you, bearing in mind that I am in this beautiful country on business and not pleasure!
Shots of my room.
Back to the hotel lobby
A few shots taken on the inside of the Le Michel restaurant at dinner
Standby for more photos!
Other interesting experiences in Haiti are shared below: