A 13 day holiday back on the island again after over two years.
This time the three of us were determined to spend time exploring different parts of the island, time we didn't have back in 2017 when Voy and Sanjay came here to be married.
A busy schedule saw us pay two visits to the capital, Port Louis, a day out in the Ebony Forest in the south west with spectacular views and a climb of 140m to the top of a small mountain. There was an exciting day's fishing from a small boat along with a lunch break on a tiny desert island.
Each evening we tried a different restaurant around the northwest and north of the island.
I stayed at the 5 star Baystone Boutique Hotel on the western side of Grande Bay.
In the hotel I had opportunities to practice my French, which, happily, I have not forgotten.
I did get a chance to do a bit of kayaking in the sea, a good way to test my skills in strongish winds and currents.
In summary, it was a pleasant, unhurried holiday, meeting many members of Sanjay's extended family and in the process experiencing some real Mauritian hospitality.
|(1)||Tues 15 Oct||Arrived from Gatwick on BA Boeing 777, taxi to hotel up north.|
|(1)||Weds 16 Oct||Boat across bay to shopping centre.|
|(2)||Thur 17 Oct||Drive down to Pamplemousse. Lunch at restaurant, walk around the Botanical Gardens.||click|
|(3)||Fri 18 Oct||Bus trip down to Port Louis. Museum & market. Meeting with Sanjay's family.||click|
|(6)||Sat 19 Oct||Brunch in Grand Bay, swim at Mon Choisy beach. Dinner at Sachin & Orla's house in Triolet.||click|
|(4)||Sun 20 Oct||Family memorial event in Triolet (Sachin & Orla's house again) with a Hindu religious ceremony, then a meal. Many family members attended.|
|(5)||Mon 21 Oct||Drive down to Black River Gorges National Park. Jeep ride and guide. Picnic then climb of Piton Canot, visit to Alexandra Falls & Grande Bassin.||click|
|Tues 22 Oct||Kayaking and a swim from beach at my hotel. Shopping. Dinner at Vale with family.||click|
|(3)||Weds 23 Oct||Walked around Cannoniers Point. To Port Louis, walk to top of Signal Hill (328m), meal at S's dad's house.||click|
|(7)||Thur 24 Oct||Drive to Grande Gaube. Day fishing from a small boat and lunch on a desert island. Cooked and ate fish at a relative's house with 5 brothers.||click|
|(1)||Fri 25 Oct||Chillout morning, afternoon swim at nearby gym, dinner with Voy & Sanjay.||click|
|(8)||Sat 26 Oct||Drive to Eureka Colonial House. Explored four waterfalls. Lunch at Bagatelle shopping complex and a Flying Dodo beer.||click|
|(4)||Sun 27 Oct||Quiet day, evening went to Triolet to celebrate Diwali (ceremony of light). Fireworks, cakes & frivolity.||click|
|(9)||Mon 28 Oct||Early start, taxi to airport, flight home, again on British Airways 777. Takeaway and stayed with V&S in Penge. Home Tuesday.|