Mauritius 2014

Had a great day out today visiting the south and west of the island.

First on the excursion we visited a crater but, to be honest, it wasn’t anything spectacular so I have not included a photo.

Next we went to see model ships being built, toyed with the idea of buying one but felt the stress of getting it home in one piece would be too much!

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Next, a stop at a Hindu Temple – very interesting!

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Next we visited the highest peak on the island with it’s waterfall

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After lunch we visited both the highest waterfall and seven different coloured sands, created during the volcanic years

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And finally, these tortoise looked more awake than the ones last week.

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And I cannot finish without showing a picture of our transportation for the day.

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Mauritius 2014

So, the second part of yesterday’s excursion was to Port Louis, the Capital town of Mauritius.

Before entering the town we visited the old fort which is on a hill looking down over the town

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At the shopping mall, in the town, they use golf umbrellas to shade the main pedestrian area from the sun and rain – very effective!

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Mauritius 2014

Today we went on our first excursion, visiting both the Botanical Gardens and Port Louis, the Capital of Mauritius.

The Botanical Gardens, as you can see, are named after the first President of Mauritius following independence in the 1960’s

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Whilst in the winter months (now) there are no flowering plants, we saw a variety of different trees, amongst them:-
The wedding tree

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The sausage tree

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And the Chinese Bamboo

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We also saw three different animals:-
The fruit bat

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Bambi

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And finally, the tortoise

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Mauritius 2014

Wow, the weather has been fantastic today. I decided to take my first plunge into the swimming pool – it was like an ice bath at first but as soon as I acclimatised it was fine.

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Who knows, even Daphne might go for a swim before the end of the holiday!

Mauritius 2014

It has finally stopped raining. Let us hope that it stays dry long enough to walk to and from dinner, via the bar – might have to take the hotel supplied golf umbrella with us, just in case!

Photos of the beach from our balcony, just as the evening lights go on.

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