Over the Christmas holidays, I had time to reflect on the hundreds of photos I took in Mauritius during 2019. It has been a pleasurable task to choose.
Photos say more than a thousand words, hopefully these say even more! Let’s start with a sunset (I have many!)
I am so lucky to have been able to enjoy many experiences in Mauritius thanks to the lovely people and the wonderful environment. Sugar cane is part of the heritage of Mauritius. The origins of the lava stones made into 7 pyramids are unclear but here they are in fields close the airport.
There are many temples, mosques and churches on the island. All are well supported, maintained and used. The Hindu temples in particular are fantastically colourful and happy places. It has taken years to complete the decoration and painting of this one in Port Louis.
The lagoon is a great place for fun above and below the water. Kite surfing is very popular at Le Morne in the South West and a spectacular backdrop. On the best days, around a hundred kitesurfers can be seen hurtling across the water.
Swimming with dolphins is a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. The best trips are further out to sea, you can see why these are called bottle nose dolphins.
A trip to Crystal Rock was also planned for the same morning and it did not disappoint neither did the snorkelling in crystal clear blue water.
There is a monument at Le Morne for the abolition of slavery, now a world heritage site. Slaves who had escaped and hidden on the mountain would rather jump than be caught.
The lagoon, sugar cane and the mountains define Mauritius, sometimes you just have to take a photo and enjoy the view.
Occasionally, something happens that really surprises you, like when walking through a forest coming across a herd of goats marshalled by dogs and a single goatherd (if that is the name)
Or when stuck in traffic seeing a brilliantly coloured rainbow.
Inside an abandoned sugar mill, there was vegetation growing in the ruins and beautifully lit by the sun creeping through a leaking roof.
Outside a tree has survived years of sun, rain and wind to cling on to life by its roots.
Trees let us know its nearly Christmas as the aptly named Flamboyant flowers in December.
Palm trees provide a pleasant place for birds to have a rest.
Trees can provide a spectacular cover to the drive at the entrance to a grand old colonial Chateau like Labourdonnais.
The lagoon is teeming with fish and also beyond the reef. Fisherman soon sell their catch, you just need to know where to look.
Street food like Faratas, Gateau Piment and Dholl Puri are tasty and great value for money.
Street Art grabs you in Port Louis.
What a labour of love this factory office entrance is!
The street that sells thousands of flowers every day for garlands, bouquets and decoration is a hive of activity early in the morning.
Umbrellas provide shade and colour on a busy street in the waterfront at Caudan.
Waterfalls and rivers amaze you in the Black River Gorge.
Incredible roots and colours in the Gorge, it must come from the heat and humidity.
When visiting the Gorge, a popular tourist attraction is the rum factory at Chamarel, especially for the tasting.
There is even cactus growing wild on the cliffs.
To finish of some of the best photographs of the year, it has to be a sunset.
What will 2020 bring?