Mauritius in Images – my initial impressions
I am currently in Mauritius, a tropical island on the Indian ocean, and a 4.5 hour flight from Cape Town.
The tale of Paul and Virginia (Paul et Virginie) by Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre in 1787, is recounted by the locals fondly around the island, from the luxurious One and Only Le St Geran, a property named after the legendary ship, the Saint Geran, that sank in a cyclone with Virginie aboard in front of Paul’s despairing eyes, to the sign boards in the Pamplemousse National Botanical gardens and a popular restaurant by the same name.
In 1787, the author was exploring the themes of class, slavery and values such as virtue. How do you prepare yourself and your expectations when exploring a land whose main remaining population are all descendants of slaves or poorly treated indentured labourers?
Today, Mauritius is known as an small island at roughly 65 km in length, and an ocean paradise that caters to families, lovers who want a romantic hideaway and increasingly adventure-seekers.
It is also an island of a relatively harmonious mix of people from Malagasy (Creole), Indian, French, British and Dutch origin. You can find a curry and a puri everywhere, you can drink a good cup of Earl grey with a scone or enjoy fresh fish grilled with nothing but herbs and butter in the French style too.
These are some very initial impressions in images of my first few days on picture perfect Mauritius. I’ll be posting more soon.
The faces of Mauritius
The far side
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Fantastic! Are those dates in chocolate? I love the idea 🙂 The place seems perfect.
Yes, they are! I think you would like island life here Gata.
The greens in your shot of the Mauritian Chicken Curry are fantastic – very vibrant. Excellent pictures!
Thanks so much Dave! I have a series of Mauritius posts that will come out in the following weeks. Hope you get a chance to catch them.
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Hello, this blog is indeed very interesting and the images very captivating. I am actually planning to travel all around Mauritius and your images have persuaded me that my vocation is to always explore news places. I know what it’s like to always search for some good adventures and particularly to take pictures as souvenirs. There is no other great feeling for me than really discovering my island. I recently created a blog for a university assignment. They asked us to talk about a topic that really interests us and my blog talks about adventures as you (One thing we have in common). I have been on many adventures blog and to my opinion, yours is definitely the best blog about Mauritius, not only the landscape but the portraits of people are also attractive.
May be my next destination will be Tamassa Lux Ressort
Keep it up!
Thanks Vanessa! I hope you have a wonderful time on the island and please, eat as many samoosas and dholl puris as you can. You;ll miss them long after.
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Beautiful pictures of Mauritius…Nicely shown!!!
Thank you for such wonderful article with details i like Mauritius food because its light and healthily..i like samoosas, paroto and doll roti…actually here paroto called farota hahahaha…