A Mini India in the Southwest of the Indian Ocean

fresh water, salty tears
Hindu family photographed with Chamarel waterfall in the background.
steps of faith
Hindu believers ascend to the Sibra Subramany Hindu temple of Quatre Bornes, also known as Kovil Montagne.
Fishing for emotions
Father and daughter look out over the islet of Coin de Mire, off Cap Malheureux, on the northern tip of Mauritius.
Wet land
Visitors enjoy the tones of Terre des Sept Couleurs, in Chamarel, then dampened by some rain.
Christianity in Hindu Day
Residents and visitors of Mahébourg in the vicinity of the church of Notre Dame des Anges, on a Hindu national holiday Maha Shivaratri.
talk for the talk
Beach stall owners mingle while waiting for new customers, in the vicinity of Cap Malheureux.
an exuberant geology
Fishermen at the joint mouth of the Tamarin and Rempart Rivers with Lion Mountain
in a gaudy retreat
A faithful Hindu contemplates the houses of Quatre Bornes from the balcony of the Sibra Subramany Kovil Montagne temple.
Bois-Cheri tea
Sunassee Goranah describes the functioning of the Bois-Cheri tea factory, in the coolest and rainiest heart of Mauritius.
bathing weekend
Father and children bathe in the tranquil sea of ​​Trou Eau Douce.
Aapravasi Gate
The portico of the city of Port Louis passed through thousands of Indian workers who never returned to India
sweet road
One of several roads on the island of Mauritius that cross sugarcane plantations.
tourist family
Hindu tower
Gopuram (tower) of the Sibra Subramany temple, situated at the top of the Kovil Montagne.
The 2nd Landing Place
The Montagne du Lion projected from the Grand Port, a verdant bay where the Dutch disembarked for the first time, after the Portuguese had already done so.
Plantation & Tea
Balcony of the Bois Cheri plantation cafe with one of its plantations in the background.
rainy harvest
A tea picker from the Bois Cheri plantation works in the frequent rain of this elevated area of ​​Mauritius.
Port Louis
Houses in the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis
The crater and lake of Trou-aux-Cerfs.
In the XNUMXth century, the French and the British disputed an archipelago east of Madagascar previously discovered by the Portuguese. The British triumphed, re-colonized the islands with sugar cane cutters from the subcontinent, and both conceded previous Francophone language, law and ways. From this mix came the exotic Mauritius.

We were already used to contemplating endless cane fields as we roamed the island from one end to the other.

It was there, between Poste de Flacq and the vastness of the ocean, that we noticed, for the first time, the profusion of piles of volcanic stone that projected from them, their bases hidden in the green vegetation.

"Is this some ceremonial ruins?" we asked Jean-François from the depths of the sweetest ignorance and innocence. "What, that?" the native asks us back, somewhat incredulous and with a sarcastic smile.

"Not. Those are the stones that our ancestors had to remove from the field so that sugarcane could be planted. They ended up piled up like that.”

Mauritius Island, Indian voyage, road between sugar cane

One of several roads on the island of Mauritius that cross sugarcane plantations.

We went down a little more in that Wild side of the Flacq region.

Through country and village interior roads that, among Hindu temples, small grocery stores disputed by saris of all colors, butchers and homes also gaudy and full of life, forced us to interrupt our march again and again.

The island of Mauritius that is confused with a corner of India

We were in eastern Mauritius. Any visitor more confused by the geography of the world could be led to think he had landed on the lush coastline of Karnataka or Tamil Nadu.

Mauritius Island, Indian voyage, Trou Eau Douce.

Father and children bathe in the tranquil sea of ​​Trou Eau Douce.

We passed Palmar and arrived at the bay of Trou d'Eau Douce, a picturesque but bipolar village that separates the domain below coral reefs of the large resorts from the more genuine good to the south.

There, fishermen keep their canes at the ready with only their heads above the water, side by side with the boats and catamarans that transport tourists on the crossings to Île aux Cerfs, one of the favorite turquoise bathing refuges in those places.

A series of riverside villages ensue between the Indian Ocean and the sugarcane plantations at the foot of Lion Mountain, which overhangs the emblematic Grand Port inlet.

Mauritius Island, Indian voyage, Lion Mountain

Fishermen at the joint mouth of the Tamarin and Rempart Rivers with Lion Mountain

The Landing of Portuguese Navigators and the Dutch Inevitable

In 1598, the Dutch landed in that exact place and named the island Mauritius, in honor of their Prince Maurice van Nassau.

This does not invalidate the fact that the unavoidable Portuguese navigators were the first to land there when it was still uninhabited.

Diogo Fernandes Pereira did it ninety-one years before the Dutch. He called the place Isle of Cirne but neither he nor the Crown – more concerned with the spice trade – paid much attention to it.

Mauritius Island, Indian voyage, Cap Malheureux

Father and daughter look out over the islet of Coin de Mire, off Cap Malheureux, on the northern tip of Mauritius.

The Dutch, these, fixed themselves.

Even so, their colonization attempts only lasted seventy years, until 1710, long enough to be accused of the extermination of the “dodo”, the large incapable bird that proliferated in the region before the arrival of European navigators.

The stuttering Dogson from "Alice in Wonderland."

We crossed the Grand Port. It is already in a kind of tropical oven that we reach Mahébourg.

At that time, it wouldn't be necessary, but the great cathedral Notre Dame des Anges confirms who the next settlers were.

Mauritius Island, Indian tour, church of Notre Dame des Anges

Residents and visitors of Mahébourg in the vicinity of the church of Notre Dame des Anges, on a Hindu national holiday Maha Shivaratri.

A minority of Christian inhabitants from the south of the island frequent it and the adjacent market, with the day off as it is a national holiday, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

When the French Succeeded the Dutch

Five years after the Dutch had left for good, the French arrived, who already controlled the neighboring island of Bourbon, today Reunion Island. Shortly thereafter, they called it the Île de France.

They inaugurated a prolific sugarcane crop that would forever dictate the colony's commercial success, based on a new naval base commissioned by newly arrived Governor Mahé de La Bourdonnais, Port Louis, the nation's present capital.

Mauritius Island, Indian Travel, Port Louis

Houses in the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis

Mauritius was made of these curious sequences and fusions. Oddly enough, once the colonial period had passed, the nation surrendered to a delicious multi-ethnic stagnation.

We walk down a street devastated by the heat repelled by the asphalt and the infernal traffic when, unlucky enough, one of us suffers irreparable damage from a slipper.

We went into a supermarket to find a replacement pair. When we pay, the amount of alcoholic beverages registered by the cashiers is such that the private parties that would animate little could be sacred.

From the south-eastern tip of Mauritius, we can see the Blue Bay where the Indian blue returns to its most vivid.

Bois Chéri: the Abundant Tea that the British Harnessed

From there, we cut into the high interior of Bois-Chéri, the coldest and rainiest part of the island, also its first tea plantation, introduced on a considerable scale in 1892, as might be expected, no longer by the French.

It rains harder and harder as we wind through the fields carpeted by the plant. Still, dozens of workers in plastic robes work through the endless hedges.

Mauritius Island, Indian voyage, Bois-Cheri tea

A tea picker from the Bois Cheri plantation works in the frequent rain of this elevated area of ​​Mauritius.

Already too drenched, we turn around and point to the factory that receives and processes the fruit, or rather the leaves, of their work.

We are welcomed by Sunassee Goranah, a person responsible for the company's guide. He is elegant but sober, wearing a white shirt that contrasts with the dark brown of his skin and the intense black of his hair and full mustache.

With him, we toured each production sector – from dryers to sheets, to packaging – to the astonishment of the uniformed employees who no longer had visitors at that late hour.

Mauritius Island, Indian voyage, Bois-Cheri tea

Sunassee Goranah describes the functioning of the Bois-Cheri tea factory, in the coolest and rainiest heart of Mauritius.

In farewell, Sunassee again boasted the qualities of green tea and its production in particular.

When he handed us some packets for our hands, he added very dryly so that there would be no doubts: “if you want to drink it with all its properties, don't add milk to it. That's what spoils everything!"

We moved to the restaurant on the farm. We had lunch and enjoyed an exhaustive tasting of the best Bois-Chéri labels, on a porch overlooking a lake in the mist.

Mauritius Island, Indian voyage, Bois-Cheri tea

Balcony of the Bois Cheri plantation cafe with one of its plantations in the background.

The French never valued tea. Unlike the next owners and lords of the island.

The Conquest of the Island by the British and the New French Colonization

By 1810, the British had grown fed up with French corsairs' attacks on their ships in the Indian Ocean, had decided to take over their greed for the rivals' colony and seize it.

As it made no sense for them to own a territory called the Île de France, they renamed it Mauritius.

However, they allowed most French settlers to keep their properties, the use of French and the French civil and penal code. Cultural fusion would not stop there.

Until 1835, plantation owners had resorted to the labor of slaves brought in from mainland Africa and from Madagascar.

The Subcontinent Workers who Indianized Mauritius

With the abolition of slavery, most of these landowners used the funds they received as compensation to hire workers from the subcontinent. Same as they did in Fiji.

Between 1834 and 1921 about half a million Indians landed at the Aapravasi Gate of Port Louis today UNESCO World Heritage for its historical significance.

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The portico of the city of Port Louis passed through thousands of Indian workers who never returned to India

Not always treated with the dignity they deserved, the newcomers adapted to the French ways and dialect that prevailed but Indianized the island as much as they could. They reinforced the British armies in both World War I and II.

Two decades later, the Winds of Change blew in Great Britain and, in 1968, Mauritius gained independence.

As we head west, we continue to come across descendants of plantation owner families and their Indian workers.

This is what happened at the viewpoint over the mighty gorge of the River Gorges, at the waterfall and at the geological rainbow of the Terre de 7 Couleurs de Chamarel, around the verdant crater of Troux-aux-cerfs.

Mauritius Island, Indian voyage, Chamarel waterfall

Hindu family photographed with Chamarel waterfall in the background.

Or on the heights of Kovil Montagne, a temple full of deities.

And of other Hindu figures perched halfway up over the endless houses of Quatre Bornes.

Mauritius Island, Indian voyage, Sibra Temple Subramany Kovil Montagne

Gopuram (tower) of the Sibra Subramany temple, situated at the top of the Kovil Montagne.

Later, we had dinner with Sandrine Petit and Jean-Marie Delort, both employees of one of the most popular hotels in the west of the island. The theme of what identifies the Mauritians today encourages them.

After some consideration, Sandrine dares to theorize: “now an ad for our Phoenix beer is on TV that makes a snapshot of everything, but if I had to choose a single gesture, I would say it's the hello.

We say hello for everything and for nothing, be it good or be it bad.

Once, I was on the metro in Paris with friends from here and I said hello higher. Immediately, four or five people were standing there looking at me. At that very moment, we were sure that they could only be Mauritian!”

It was too undisguised to leave us in doubt about the enormous pride with which Sandrine ended her story.

Viti levu, Fiji

The Unlikely Sharing of Viti Levu Island

In the heart of the South Pacific, a large community of Indian descendants recruited by former British settlers and the Melanesian indigenous population have long divided the chief island of Fiji.
Cilaos, Reunion Island

Refuge under the roof of the Indian Ocean

Cilaos appears in one of the old green boilers on the island of Réunion. It was initially inhabited by outlaw slaves who believed they were safe at that end of the world. Once made accessible, nor did the remote location of the crater prevent the shelter of a village that is now peculiar and flattered.
Viti levu, Fiji

Islands on the edge of Islands

A substantial part of Fiji preserves the agricultural expansions of the British colonial era. In the north and off the large island of Viti Levu, we also came across plantations that have only been named for a long time.
Little India, Singapore

The Sari Singapore of Little India

There are thousands of inhabitants instead of the 1.3 billion of the mother country, but Little India, a neighborhood in tiny Singapore, does not lack soul. No soul, no smell of Bollywood curry and music.
Reunion Island

The Bathing Melodrama of Reunion

Not all tropical coastlines are pleasurable and refreshing retreats. Beaten by violent surf, undermined by treacherous currents and, worse, the scene of the most frequent shark attacks on the face of the Earth, that of the Reunion Island he fails to grant his bathers the peace and delight they crave from him.
Praslin, Seychelles

The Eden of the Enigmatic Coco-de-Mer

For centuries, Arab and European sailors believed that the largest seed in the world, which they found on the coasts of the Indian Ocean in the shape of a woman's voluptuous hips, came from a mythical tree at the bottom of the oceans. The sensual island that always generated them left us ecstatic.
Male Maldives

The Maldives For Real

Seen from the air, Malé, the capital of the Maldives, looks little more than a sample of a crammed island. Those who visit it will not find lying coconut trees, dream beaches, spas or infinite pools. Be dazzled by the genuine Maldivian everyday life that tourist brochures omit.
La Digue, Seychelles

Monumental Tropical Granite

Beaches hidden by lush jungle, made of coral sand washed by a turquoise-emerald sea are anything but rare in the Indian Ocean. La Digue recreated itself. Around its coastline, massive boulders sprout that erosion has carved as an eccentric and solid tribute of time to the Nature.
Shillong, India

A Christmas Selfiestan at an India Christian Stronghold

December arrives. With a largely Christian population, the state of Meghalaya synchronizes its Nativity with that of the West and clashes with the overcrowded Hindu and Muslim subcontinent. Shillong, the capital, shines with faith, happiness, jingle bells and bright lighting. To dazzle Indian holidaymakers from other parts and creeds.
Goa, India

To Goa, Quickly and in Strength

A sudden longing for Indo-Portuguese tropical heritage makes us travel in various transports but almost non-stop, from Lisbon to the famous Anjuna beach. Only there, at great cost, were we able to rest.
Guwahati, India

The City that Worships Kamakhya and the Fertility

Guwahati is the largest city in the state of Assam and in North East India. It is also one of the fastest growing in the world. For Hindus and devout believers in Tantra, it will be no coincidence that Kamakhya, the mother goddess of creation, is worshiped there.
Rhinoceros, PN Kaziranga, Assam, India
PN Kaziranga, India

The Indian Monoceros Stronghold

Situated in the state of Assam, south of the great Brahmaputra river, PN Kaziranga occupies a vast area of ​​alluvial swamp. Two-thirds of the rhinocerus unicornis around the world, there are around 100 tigers, 1200 elephants and many other animals. Pressured by human proximity and the inevitable poaching, this precious park has not been able to protect itself from the hyperbolic floods of the monsoons and from some controversies.
Thorong Pedi to High Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal, Lone Walker
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit 12th: Thorong Phedi to high camp

The Prelude to the Supreme Crossing

This section of the Annapurna Circuit is only 1km away, but in less than two hours it takes you from 4450m to 4850m and to the entrance to the great canyon. Sleeping in High Camp is a test of resistance to Mountain Evil that not everyone passes.
hacienda mucuyche, Yucatan, Mexico, canal
Architecture & Design
Yucatan, Mexico

Among Haciendas and Cenotes, through the History of Yucatan

Around the capital Merida, for every old hacienda henequenera there's at least one cenote. As happened with the semi-recovered Hacienda Mucuyché, together, they form some of the most sublime places in southeastern Mexico.

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Altitude Sickness: the Grievances of Getting Mountain Sick

When traveling, it happens that we find ourselves confronted with the lack of time to explore a place as unmissable as it is high. Medicine and previous experiences with Altitude Evil dictate that we should not risk ascending in a hurry.
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Ceremonies and Festivities
Champoton, Mexico

Rodeo Under Sombreros

Champoton, in Campeche, hosts a fair honored by the Virgén de La Concepción. O rodeo Mexican under local sombreros reveals the elegance and skill of the region's cowboys.
Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
Yerevan, Armenia

A Capital between East and West

Heiress of the Soviet civilization, aligned with the great Russia, Armenia allows itself to be seduced by the most democratic and sophisticated ways of Western Europe. In recent times, the two worlds have collided in the streets of your capital. From popular and political dispute, Yerevan will dictate the new course of the nation.
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Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan, The Nation That Does Not Lack Bread

Few countries employ cereals like Uzbekistan. In this republic of Central Asia, bread plays a vital and social role. The Uzbeks produce it and consume it with devotion and in abundance.
Horseback riding in shades of gold
El Calafate, Argentina

The New Gauchos of Patagonia

Around El Calafate, instead of the usual shepherds on horseback, we come across gauchos equestrian breeders and others who exhibit, to the delight of visitors, the traditional life of the golden pampas.

Man: an Ever Tested Species

It's in our genes. For the pleasure of participating, for titles, honor or money, competitions give meaning to the world. Some are more eccentric than others.
Hikers on the Ice Lake Trail, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Annapurna Circuit: 7th - Braga - Ice Lake, Nepal

Annapurna Circuit – The Painful Acclimatization of the Ice Lake

On the way up to the Ghyaru village, we had a first and unexpected show of how ecstatic the Annapurna Circuit can be tasted. Nine kilometers later, in Braga, due to the need to acclimatize, we climbed from 3.470m from Braga to 4.600m from Lake Kicho Tal. We only felt some expected tiredness and the increase in the wonder of the Annapurna Mountains.
Tulum, Mayan Ruins of the Riviera Maya, Mexico
Overall, Mexico

The Most Caribbean of the Mayan Ruins

Built by the sea as an exceptional outpost decisive for the prosperity of the Mayan nation, Tulum was one of its last cities to succumb to Hispanic occupation. At the end of the XNUMXth century, its inhabitants abandoned it to time and to an impeccable coastline of the Yucatan peninsula.
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Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
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Celestyal Crystal Cruise, Santorini, Greece
Nea Kameni, Santorini, Greece

The Volcanic Core of Santorini

About three millennia had passed since the Minoan eruption that tore apart the largest volcano island in the Aegean. The cliff-top inhabitants watched land emerge from the center of the flooded caldera. Nea Kameni, the smoking heart of Santorini, was born.
The small lighthouse at Kallur, highlighted in the capricious northern relief of the island of Kalsoy.
Kalsoy, Faroe Islands

A Lighthouse at the End of the Faroese World

Kalsoy is one of the most isolated islands in the Faroe archipelago. Also known as “the flute” due to its long shape and the many tunnels that serve it, a mere 75 inhabitants inhabit it. Much less than the outsiders who visit it every year, attracted by the boreal wonder of its Kallur lighthouse.
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Winter White
Rovaniemi, Finland

From the Finnish Lapland to the Arctic. A Visit to the Land of Santa

Fed up with waiting for the bearded old man to descend down the chimney, we reverse the story. We took advantage of a trip to Finnish Lapland and passed through its furtive home.
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Kyoto, Japan

The Kyoto Temple Reborn from the Ashes

The Golden Pavilion has been spared destruction several times throughout history, including that of US-dropped bombs, but it did not withstand the mental disturbance of Hayashi Yoken. When we admired him, he looked like never before.
Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii Wrinkles
napali coast, Hawaii

Hawaii's Dazzling Wrinkles

Kauai is the greenest and rainiest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is also the oldest. As we explore its Napalo Coast by land, sea and air, we are amazed to see how the passage of millennia has only favored it.
Sheki, Autumn in the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Autumn Homes
Sheki, Azerbaijan

autumn in the caucasus

Lost among the snowy mountains that separate Europe from Asia, Sheki is one of Azerbaijan's most iconic towns. Its largely silky history includes periods of great harshness. When we visited it, autumn pastels added color to a peculiar post-Soviet and Muslim life.
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Natural Parks
Savuti, Botswana

Savuti's Elephant-Eating Lions

A patch of the Kalahari Desert dries up or is irrigated depending on the region's tectonic whims. In Savuti, lions have become used to depending on themselves and prey on the largest animals in the savannah.
St. Trinity Church, Kazbegi, Georgia, Caucasus
UNESCO World Heritage
Kazbegi, Georgia

God in the Caucasus Heights

In the 4000th century, Orthodox religious took their inspiration from a hermitage that a monk had erected at an altitude of 5047 m and perched a church between the summit of Mount Kazbek (XNUMXm) and the village at the foot. More and more visitors flock to these mystical stops on the edge of Russia. Like them, to get there, we submit to the whims of the reckless Georgia Military Road.
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Christchurch, New Zealand

New Zealand's Cursed Wizard

Despite his notoriety in the antipodes, Ian Channell, the New Zealand sorcerer, failed to predict or prevent several earthquakes that struck Christchurch. At the age of 88, after 23 years of contract with the city, he made very controversial statements and ended up fired.
Sesimbra, Vila, Portugal, castle
Sesimbra, Portugal

A Village Touched by Midas

It's not just Praia da California and Praia do Ouro that close it to the south. Sheltered from the furies of the West Atlantic, gifted with other immaculate coves and endowed with centuries-old fortifications, Sesimbra is today a precious fishing and bathing haven.
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Inari, Finland

The Guardians of Boreal Europe

Long discriminated against by Scandinavian, Finnish and Russian settlers, the Sami people regain their autonomy and pride themselves on their nationality.
On Rails
On Rails

Train Travel: The World Best on Rails

No way to travel is as repetitive and enriching as going on rails. Climb aboard these disparate carriages and trains and enjoy the best scenery in the world on Rails.
Magome to Tsumago, Nakasendo, Path medieval Japan
Magome-Tsumago, Japan

Magome to Tsumago: The Overcrowded Path to the Medieval Japan

In 1603, the Tokugawa shogun dictated the renovation of an ancient road system. Today, the most famous stretch of the road that linked Edo to Kyoto is covered by a mob eager to escape.
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Daily life
Saksun, StreymoyFaroe Islands

The Faroese Village That Doesn't Want to be Disneyland

Saksun is one of several stunning small villages in the Faroe Islands that more and more outsiders visit. It is distinguished by the aversion to tourists of its main rural owner, author of repeated antipathies and attacks against the invaders of his land.
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Lake Manyara NP, Tanzania

Hemingway's Favorite Africa

Situated on the western edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park is one of the smallest but charming and richest in Europe. wild life of Tanzania. In 1933, between hunting and literary discussions, Ernest Hemingway dedicated a month of his troubled life to him. He narrated those adventurous safari days in “The Green Hills of Africa".
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Scenic Flights
Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand

The Aeronautical Conquest of the Southern Alps

In 1955, pilot Harry Wigley created a system for taking off and landing on asphalt or snow. Since then, his company has unveiled, from the air, some of the greatest scenery in Oceania.