|leafy fronds against a blue sky west of Port-au-Prince|
We drove along the coast this morning west of Port-au-Prince to Leogane for a parish patronal festival. I was reminded of the time the Dames de L'Eglise (ECW) took me to the beach as a good-bye present. (It costs money to go to the beach here, but at least it includes a pavilion with picnic tables and a restroom; I think there was also a snack bar, but we brought our own food.)
|a beach hotel near Gressier, on the coast west of Port-au-Prince|
I was looking at all the beauty, mostly hidden behind walls or markets or bushes.
|right by the road, the intense blues of the ocean play hide-and-seek behind walls and bushes|
Just imagine what it could be like someday when there is more infrastructure and people can build really nice places to welcome tourists. It would be such a great industry here again. I know there are already nice places elsewhere, but this particular stretch of coast is just calling for development. Just a little TLC, and imagine what could be... The water is so beautiful, and the area near Gressier where I swam, which we passed again today, has a gorgeous view of mountains on the other side of the water.
|imagine a park or resort or public beach here where we could all stop and enjoy the view and the water|
There are some lovely parts in the more rural area a little further west where you can see the water at a bit greater distance, but more clearly. Take a deep breath and sigh at the beauty of it.
|Can we build our new convent here? Or maybe a retreat center? Just past this tree a bit, a little closer to the water.|
Someday I hope this place can be cared for properly and shared with more people. Someday maybe you will all come here on vacation. Let's dream. It might become reality.
|I see iron sticking up here - someone was or is building here.|