Saturday, July 24, 2010

Citadel Trip

My husband woke me up at 5:30 this morning to go to the only tourist attraction in the North of Haiti.  The Citadel is an old fort that was built during the Revolution to fight the French.  It's a large castle on top of a mountain that over looks all of Cap Haitien.  Getting to the Citadel includes a 45 min hike up the mountain, but it's well worth it.  It was all built without cement and cost 20,000 people their lives in the process.  Since this is Haiti there are no rules and we could climb throughout it all as we wanted.  There were no railings, so we would stand on the ledge and look over the side of this giant building on top of a giant mountain.  You can see the Citadel from the airport, and it seems to watch over us here at COTP as well.

There were cannons and cannon balls all over the place which were always fun to pick up to see how heavy they were.


We had a good tour guide named Jackson, but the great thing is that he could have told us anything and we would have believed him because we wouldn't have known the difference!


Apparently they just started allowing people to spend the night there, so Nick and I are thinking about doing that for our anniversary.  I mean who wouldn't want to have an old abandoned castle that was built during a war all to themselves for the night???

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