Basse-Terre – The Lower Land. Gaudeloupe is composed of two islands seperated by a river. They are called Grand Terre, the large land and Basse Terre, the Lower Land. Basse Terre is notable because it has a a mountainous region which is a natural preserve, complete with waterfalls and hiking trails. We had heard that the beaches were nicer on Grande Terre, where we are staying but Debbie and I wanted to at least get a glimpse of Basse Terre before we decided where we were going to get an apartment. Our day trip took us through what was without a shadow of doubt the most windy and hilly roads I have ever driven on. It was a motorcyclists or sports drivers dream. A special note for me was our stop in Sainte Rose where we ate at Restaurtant Clara. I had the special of the day – Beef Ragout. It was my first taste of creole cuisine and it was spectacular. One of the most delicious meals I ever ate. So between fun driving and great dining, I had a good time, and Debbie enjoyed the views – though not the driving whiplash.