Several years ago, my dear late cousin and I traveled half-way around the world to visit her daughter who lives on the island of Mauritius. Since the trip takes up to 43 hours of travel from the East Coast of the United States (particularly when you have an unexpected 11 hour delay at Heathrow Airport), we stayed 3 weeks before venturing back to our world. The experience was breathtaking once we got past the lack of sleep and jet lag.
The photo above and the one below are the rooms with a view, as my cousin’s home is looking out from behind the picket fence. The air is sweet with the smell of blossoms along with the salty tang of living by the sea. Colorful birds and bird songs so different from our species in the states are everywhere. Most of the homes here are behind beautiful volcanic rock walls with climbing vines and flowers and in some cases graffiti – yes, even in this paradise.
During our stay, we visited a lot of places, too many to display here. Port Louis is the main city of Mauritius. I’ve never seen so many motorcycles; whole families ride them, businessmen conduct their business from the box built on the back – all kinds of food and drink were available from these mobile food ‘trucks’ along with other crafts and goods. Since there are so many cultures here: French, Indian, Chinese, expats, I felt as if my head was on a swivel wherever we visited. So different from my non-worldly sheltered existence. Port Louis has a thriving fabric trade where one way of delivery was by lowering bolts of fabric from the factories above the street. A huge farmer’s market with artfully arranged produce created a still life everywhere you looked.
On a sultry, humid day, we traveled La Route du The – visiting a tea plantation. There were orchids growing along the side of the road, very much like ones that we strive to cultivate in greenhouses. The palms, bamboo, grasses, trees were all so verdant because there is no lack of rainfall here!
I plan to visit again, as this beautiful island is calling (kind of like Bali Hai from South Pacific-click to hear the song).
For my followers that are used to only getting two or three blogs a month, this month is different. WordPress is holding a ‘Writing 101 – Building a Blogging Habit’ in which I’m participating. For the next 19 weekdays, I will publish what I’ve written (if I deem it good enough) from suggestions and tips that I’m learning.