I have just one week of break.

Without studying any itinerary, we opt for a week of complete relax on a tropical island, seven days of rest!

It takes us twelve hours of flight to change completely "world", hemisphere, life...

 

"Geography is more important than history because it contains it"
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
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04 january Trou Aux Biches (MAURITIUS)

The small island Mauritius welcome us with a timid sun, in the south extreme, but we are direct in the North part where the sun is very strong!

I'm easily kidnapped by what the nature succeeded in showing through the car window of "our" small van...

Mauritius has a very luxuriant vegetation and this because it often rains here... It has made me think to a mixture between Panama and Belize...

After one hour in which we have almost crossed the whole island we reach destination...

Not even the time to understand where we are or to change us that we are already splashing in the water...

The Indian Ocean, seen from here, scares much less than in Sri Lanka!

I have been a bit disorientated when, in front of a such beautiful show, small white beach and a transparent water, I wasn't touched, as who has seen already so many of it! I don't want to be this way! I would like to continue to excite me every time as if it was the first time...

In the afternoon we decide to do some shopping for our "room" (water, biscuits etc.). We go to the neighbour Grand Baie, Nick succeeds to find a lift by car with a nice local small family and few later here we are in the huge "Super U" remembering all the purchases done in Playa del Carmen in Mexico!

I thought: "A few hours ago I was in Milan with the snow and now I'm in another world, where it's summer, I'm dressing my bath suite (wet), flip flop...

At the evening we are so tired, I prefer to rest chatting me with a nice Roman/Sardinian lady: Giancarla.

Nick, despite everything and all, goes to the disco

05 january Perebeyre (MAURITIUS)

[Nick]: "This morning we would have to go to Port Louis but we didn't wake up... It won't happen again but we were tired indeed"...

 

As my father usually says: "Can't you manage to rest a bit?" Eh no!

 

What a pity to sleep until late in a place like this, we miss the visit at the capital but, brief look to the map of the island and immediately later here we are again around on a local bus direct to a place on the north of Grand Baie: Perebeyre.

 

The beach is nothing special but it's so cool to make the bath and to catch the sun in the middle of the Mauritian, distant from the places crowded by the tourists... All black ones around us; it has reminded me of the beach of Santa Maria in Cuba...

 

At the bus stop we know a family of the island of Reunion with which we have chatted for a long time, I had never known none of that place and therefore I was very curious.

 

Cool! The island of Reunion, an island between Madagascar and Mauritius that however is French territory to all the effects! They use Euro, they speak French, the French passport and they are considered "France" at 100% also being more than thousand km from her "Country", a bit as Martinique, Guadalupe and French Guyana. Miss France is from island Reunion and paradoxically we could go there only with the I.D., without passport!

06 january Ile Aux Cerfs (MAURITIUS)

[Nick]: "Sitting on a small wall that turns to the splendid island I note down some events...

Stuffed of free drinks, I drank four rums with pineapple and after a bit I felt a brick on the stomach but I had a very good time. We have danced till 2.30 (not very good music) but in those moments it doesn't matter, it was us alone in the middle of Mauritian and you could admire what beautiful jokes the nature did: mulattos girls with almond eyes, black girls with green eyes...

The evening has been fabulous, I have danced so much and when I return to my room, Mark feels like chatting and speaks up till 4.30 with alarm clock at 7.00! As two zombies, in few minutes we are ready! A van brings us to the port where we embark on a boat with the Mauritian flag"...

At the beginning we were a bit worried because we had purchased this excursion in a stall that was sold off for tourist office, but once more our instinct was right, with few Euro we have organized a beautiful visit.

[Nick]: "A fast super motorboat brings us to the island of Cerfs. The island is very beautiful, Maldives sea, we have lunch in a hidden zone, with some good fish on barbecue.

Later we take back our motorboat for a visit of the island by boat. We stop next to the falls where some athletic boys of the place dives from high rock for the tourists... On our boat we sing and enjoy with some tourists of Reunion. In the afternoon we return to our small beach for the last sunbath tasting the various tropical fruits that they sold anywhere"...

I have had a long walk with Giancarla on the water's edge admiring the native doing pic-nic and making the bath... You saw the Islamic ones that were in the water completely dressed, the hinduist that with the their long saris timidly bathed, the western tourists half naked, I must say however that there is a great respect toward this population because so far I have not seen a topless woman yet.

[Muriel Paüs from Cilaos, Reunion]: "J'étais d'avoir fait votre connaissance. Vous étes sympa. J'attends votre mails pour apprendre á parler votre langues qui sont magnifiques a bientot, j'espere chez nous ou chez vous".

 
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