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Seeing The Citadelle From The Sky   Haiti

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Seeing The Citadelle From The Sky

As I was leaving the Marriott Port-au-Prince en route to Cap-Haïtien during a recent visit to Haiti, one of the always helpful bellmen at the hotel gave me a great tip. "Make sure you sit on the left side of the plane," he said. "You won't believe the view of the Citadelle." A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Citadelle is one of the foremost attractions in Haiti, if not the entire Western Hemisphere. It was built in the early 1800’s as part of a network of fortifications safeguarding the newly independent Republic of Haiti from its former colonial masters, the French. You'll find it sitting atop Bonnet a L’Eveque mountain (elevation: 3,000 feet), about 17 miles south of Cap-Haïtien. Visiting the Citadelle takes some doing. You can either make the very steep climb up Bonnet a L’Eveque via an unevenly paved path, or ride a generally old and undersized horse led by a pair of handlers. Either way presents challenges that only add to the adventure and excitement of seeing this amazing treasure up-close. Seeing it from the sky while comfortably seated the left side of my Sunrise Airways flight to Cap-Haïtien brought its own unique thrills as well.