Lorient

Lorient follows the rhythms of the sea, as a meeting place for many fishermen and a perfect spot for surfers who share a multicolored shack on the beach.

Situated on the fringe of the windy coast, it is said to be the oldest village on the island. The first French colony is thought to have been established here in 1648 on the orders of Philippe de Longvilliers de Poincy, Governor of the Islands of America, knight and Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of Malta.

Lorient extends outward from its historical bell tower. Not far from the recently restored church, which plays host to the annual Music Festival concerts, a few domino players meet in the shade of the poinciana trees.

This village would not be so lively were it not for its primary school. Parents come to collect their children at about 3:30 pm and cross the road to spend the rest of the afternoon on the beach. The children also meet at AJOE, a community group which organizes sporting activities. Every fortnight at nightfall, the tennis court becomes an open-air cinema and people gather under the stars to see the only cinema screening in St Barts.

A few meters away, Lorient Post Office is almost invisible as it merges so well into the background on account of its small size and traditional architecture.

Lorient is also home to a small ultramodern craft factory (only an apparent contradiction in terms) where cosmetics are manufactured for the Ligne Saint-Barth brand. From the shop you can see soaps, oils, shampoos and perfumes being made which are found in the best hotels and spas worldwide.

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