- Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
- Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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You should brush up on your French before visiting Fort-de-France's beautiful La Savane park (La Savane des Esclaves), then put your vocabulary to use when bargaining with the Martiniquais vendors selling snacks, crafts and souvenirs. Take a stroll of the grounds before you leave, and be sure to snap a photo of the headless (and red-stained) marble statue of Empress Josephine, a Martinique native and the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Rumor has it that locals vandalized the statue out of resentment; they believe Josephine persuaded Bonaparte to continue the practice of slavery on the island.
La Savane des Esclaves is open daily from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5:30, except Sundays when the center closes for the afternoon. Guided one-hour tours (in French, only) are available, as well, and cost 7 euros for adults (about $8) and 3 euros (about $3) for children ages 3 to 12.
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