Strolling Port-au-Prince on a Sunday morning

To say central Port-au-Prince is a no-go zone is poppycock. It would be ill-advised to stumble around drunk at midnight, but a brilliant Sunday morning beckoned for a walk. My planned route kept expanding as each street revealed markets atop rubble, cracked ‘gingerbread’ houses, modernist architecture, and smiling faces toting Bibles in their Sunday best.

A particular delight is the central market, Marché de Fer, a minaret-ed building originally constructed to be the main train station of Cairo.

The city center requires no planning, just explore.

And Point, Miles and Martinis shares the news that Delta flight frequency is increasing, in addition to the New York JFK flights.

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Supersize taptaps ply the streets

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Marché de Fer market

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Sleepy on a Sunday morning

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But the markets outside all a bustle

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Clever fruit stacking

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So much beautiful architecture laid waste

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Miraculously, some buildings in the center stand as if unaffected

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A 'gingerbread house'

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Modernist architecture

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Ministry of Social Affairs

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Streets are marked by subtle marks with abbreviated names

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Street football game

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Commerce springs from every corner of the damaged city

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Colorful cityscapes

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Walking south, a marvelous cluster of trees shades the road

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Poignant graffiti

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  • aadvantagegeek

    I’ve enjoyed reading about your Port-au-Prince travels. Where did you stay and what part of town?

  • @aadvantagegeek – I stayed at Le Plaza right in the heart of Port-au-Prince off the main square. Years ago it was a Holiday Inn and was favored by reporters after the earthquake. The facilities are good and the rate, like most all hotels in Haiti, discounted well below pre-earthquake rates.

    The current hot spot for hotels, dining and wealthy locals is the suburb called Pétionville.