Last weekend I took a trip to the Artibonite region of Haiti, proving to my self once again that I do not truly know this little country that I love so much! Having spent all of my time in Haiti in the Ouest region, until recently a majority of my time in Ouest being in the villages of Bercy and Thomas which lay in-between Cabaret and Archaie. I have become more familiar with the Ouest region since coming to live here the end of June, but still not venturing out of Ouest until last weekend.

I was to but it mildly, surprised! I expressed to my friend, who took me on this trip, that I didn’t even feel like I was in Haiti. The lushness, the green, and the amount of water was so different from the Haiti I had come to know! I saw a lake, Acre after acre of rice paddys, and children enjoying an afternoon swim in clean fresh water! I was transported back in time while in the town of Marchard Disallines and the surrounding country side. Houses made of wood, the older buildings in Marchand Dessalines reminding me of the old American west. Watched over by no less than five fortresses, perched on the mountain peaks, with the majestic statue of Dessalines keeping an on eye on them.

I find my self embarrassed that I didn’t take even more pictures! Here I share with you some of the ones I took. Enjoy!

Marchand Desallines


Marchand Dessalines

In the mountains above city of Marchand Desallines are five fortresses. Often they appear to be just part of the rocky mountain side. The translated names for three of them are “Make a youa decission” “Little woman” and “End of the world” I was unable to learn the names of the other two.

Ti Madam, little woman

What’s your choice

End of the world

The statue of Dessaline looking up at three of the fortresses.

Catching a little shade, outside of Marchand Dessalines

Cart Wheeling


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