Mo pe aprann koz Kreol Morisien

Well that was for my Mauritian readers!

So what do you do in Mauritius when it rains? Stay indoors is probably the ‘korek’ answer and you can do that at a shopping mall and on the way back from ‘laplaz’, the beach …

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Brief respite from the rain but not the wind

There was a big ‘Super U’ supermarket at Flacq on the East coast with some 50 or so smaller shops around it and dry inside.

On the mezzanine floor there were some small independent shops and, surprisingly, the simplest of museums.

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Early rulers did not have a hair problem with humidity it seems

It highlighted the early colonisation of the island and how it developed.

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Specialist shops on the island sell model ships like this, some much bigger, which get exported all over the world.

http://www.bobatoshipmodels.com/en/home.php

Dutch, French and English ships would have dropped anchor off the island  .. but their ships would have been a bit larger.

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Early settlers had well ventilated homes, essential due to the primitive cooking utensils.

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A farmer might have used an ox like this, hopefully not as thin, or sought an alternative job as a model for Abercrombie and Fitch.

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Well illustrated and written boards were educational, thoughtful and revealing
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Willian lookalike demonstrates that family life was pretty simple too

Un-leased shop space has been put to excellent use in the shopping centre, the Mauritius Museums Council should be congratulated for putting this exhibition in the heart of the community with free and east access so visitors can imagine what life was like for the early inhabitants of the island.

http://www.mauritiusmuseums.mu

Now back to my Creole lesson,

Mo Angle, mo sort Langleter’

Life in Mauritius has started!

After a few hectic weeks of packing, clearing, goodbyes and mild panic, Mauritian immigration greeted me warmly on my arrival at Plaisance airport. I am finally here, I thought. During my first few days on the island it has been a pleasure to meet so many friendly people who could not have done more to make me feel so welcome.

I have only had one real challenge so far that vexed me a little! I brought two suitcases with me and having opened the first at my temporary address (I move to Tamarin on the West Coast in December) I tried to open the second. The combination lock had jammed! Rather than resort to brute force I decided to leave it for the moment and manage with the clothes I had. I tried again a few days later and voila it opened as if by magic.

The weather has been splendid, the food delicious and the views amazing. You know you are in Mauritius when you see a view like I did in the wing mirror of my car on the first day I drove it from the dealer’s showroom.

Mauritius unexpectedly mirrored

Caudan waterfront was not too busy when I went for a walk and a cool drink in the afternoon. The shops were diverse and interesting and one walkway showed that umbrellas are not just there to keep the rain off! I am also looking forward to the freshly prepared vegetarian wraps at the Kauai restaurant.

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Fresh and tasty wraps, salads and smoothies
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A Walkway in the Caudan waterfront
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Caudan waterfront looking up at Port Louis

I have had walks on the beach in Grand Baie, Pereybere, La Preneuse and Belle Mare  and obviously had to enjoy the sea; is the water really 25 degrees all year around?

Pereybere beach, near Grand Baie
Sunset on La Preneuse beach
Belle Mare beach in the afternoon

I managed to have an hour’s snorkelling in Blue Bay where I was amazed to see so many colourful fish so close to the beach.

Snorkelling in Blue Bay

This is a wonderful island with so much to explore, discover and enjoy.