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ll October - December 2008 lime 49 l19 Antigua rainforest canopy tour Canopy adventures are appearing around the Caribbean, using the best of the tall rainforest for high- level adrenalin activites. In Antigua, among the trees of Fig Tree Hill in the south ( the sole area of rainforest on the island), you will fly through the branches and the fronds of the palms. Fig Tree drive, Antigua ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TOURIST OFFICE travel

travel 50 lime October - December 2008 Martinique l20 St Pierre and Mont Pelé St Pierre sits under Mont Pele, the immensely destructive volcano that killed 30,000 people in seconds when it blew in 1902, setting ships in the harbour alight. So it is odd to find a thriving town. Visit the museum with clocks that stopped at precisely 8am. l21 Musée Gauguin, Anse Turin Before he so famously went to the Pacific, Paul Gauguin spent two years in the French Caribbean. See his letters and sketches of places on the island, and some of his paintings. Also Martinique's madras material, and its many uses in head- dresses. Barbados l24 Polo in Barbados It hardly seems likely that an island just 14 miles by 21 should have four polo pitches, but the sport has developed enormously over the past ten years and Barbados now hosts international competitions. It is a fun day out to watch horses and riders slogging it out at top speed. l25 The Mountgay Rum Distillery Set in the north of Barbados, in St Lucy, the Mountgay Rum Distillery ( not to be confused with the showroom in Bridgetown), shows the whole process of making rum, starting from sticky black molasses, through fermentation in huge wooden vats, to distillation in the copper and modern steel stills. l26 Barbados National Trust Sunday walks There is so much romantic – and often desperate – history around the Caribbean, but it takes the Bajans to document it so lovingly. Each Sunday in the early morning and afternoon there is a walk to a different area, with a local historian who explains points of history and other interest. St Lucia l22 Marigot Bay One of the prettiest bays in the Caribbean, an inlet so tight and well screened that a British admiral hid his fleet in there, emerging only when his French adversary had passed. Now Marigot Bay is a very romantic sailor's stopover. Visit JJ's on the waterfront. l23 Diamond Falls, SoufrieRe Spas are a modern fashion in the Caribbean, so it's a surprise to know they existed 200 years ago. The waters at Diamond Falls arrive hot and have healing properties – efficacious in cases of rheumatism and kindred ills – so you can take the waters in the traditional bath house. Mount Gay Rum Distillery valery meary