The “European” space capital

We have never been closed to a rocket launch before we arrived in Kourou, and we did of course want to go and the visit the space centre. Unfortunately, it turned out that kids younger than 8 years were not allowed on the tour of the compounds. So we decided that Esben would take Runa โ€“ he was the one who was the most exited to go ๐Ÿ˜‰ Continue reading

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In solitary confinement on St Joseph

After many visits to รŽle Royale, we figured it was time to visit รŽle St. Joseph; the island where inmates would be kept in solitary confinement and total silence for years. We took the dinghy across the small strait where the dead convicts used to be fed to the sharks, and soon realized that the island had no pontoon to land the dinghy, and that we would have to crawl up on the cement dock used by the foreign legion. Everybody got off without getting too wet, and we had a look around.ย The french foreign legion have a base on the island, and a couple of legioners waved as we passed by their living quarters. Continue reading

The Devil’s Island penal colony

The Salvation Islands were once home to one of the world’s scariest prisons. French convicts were sent to St. Laurent on the French Guiana mainland for a life of hard labor. And the most dangerous of them eventually ended up at the Salvation Islands. The main prison was on the รŽle de Royale, where we were anchored, so after seeing all the animalsย on our initial tours of the island, we made our way to the top along the prisoner-build road, where most of the ruins are located.

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