Mauritius Journals

Exploring the north

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A travel journal to Mauritius by MichaelJM

Market Photo, Mauritius, Africa More Photos
Quote: This was our first trip out with Grish, a local taxi driver

Aapravasi Ghat

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Attraction | "A reminder of the days of slavery"

Aapravasi Ghat Photo, Mauritius, Africa
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There’s a UNESCO site just a stone’s throw away from the Market and it seemed churlish not to pay it a visit. So we took the underpass across the busy main road, admiring the old well-maintained market building s on route, before passing the towns Central Post Office. This magnificent building was erected after the invasion of the British in 1810. Although work started on the building in 1810 it wasn’t fully operable until 1868 and the notice on the outside says that it "symbolises the efforts undertaken to improve communications both locally and with the outside world". Postal services had started around 1793 and when news came from faraway lands that were a sign for everyone to stop and listen. Ofte...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 21, 2013

Aapravasi Ghat

Port Louis

Cap malheureux

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Notre Dame Auxilia Trice Photo, Mauritius, Africa
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It was back in 1975 that tourism hit Mauritius and it was here in Grand Baie that commercialism hit the island And as it was on route for our northern tour of the island it seemed churlish not to stop off and have a quick wander down the Main Street. Parking is freely available close to the centre and almost on the beach and it was here that we saw the Rotary "end polio" sign. As a Rotarian I was pleased to see the logo taking pried of place I'm the centre of a town - something we don't really see in the UK, but is commonplace in many other countriesin many. That' a bit of an aside, but I'd you want to know a bit more about his worldwide movement check out my club's website (www.valeofbelvoirrotary.or...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2013

Fort Adelaide

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Attraction | "A peaceful fortification"

Fort Adelaide Photo, Mauritius, Africa
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One of the best views of Port Louis can be had from the fort and to begin with out taxi driver / guide for the day stod with us pointing the main points of interest. I had noticed that many people wer wandering into the fort and thought I'd just poke my head in to see if there was a better view to be had from inside. I could see that there were stairs leading to the upper part of the outer wall and Grise (our driver) Confirmed that we'd get a much wider unimpeeded view of the town.Entrance to the fort is free and although there's not masses to see inside it's well worth a quick look round - if only for the view of the town. Fort Adelaide was built in honour of King William IV of England. W...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2013

Fort Adelaide
Sebastopol St
Port Louis

How to travel the island

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Taxi! Photo, Mauritius, Africa
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As a group of four we had a little debate about how best to see the island. A friend had visited Mauritius several years ago and had loaned us his travel guide and he had strongly advocated the use of public transport. However, I'd run an internet check on the regularity of buses around the island and although they are relatively frequent and very cheap it seemed like the exploration of Mauritius would be a little tedious after a time. They reckon it would take 90 minutes from Belle Mare to Port Louis and then there was a need to factor in waiting time at bus stops and the unrelaibility of the time tables. A friend who had visited the island a few years ago said that travelling on the bus was a great ...Read More

Market

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Attraction | "Meandering through the market of mauritius"

Market Photo, Mauritius, Africa
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Now I've checked out a number of local markets over the years but this one in Port Louis was in my opinion a bit special. Situated just off the water front in some original buildings dating back to the 1800's the market of Port Louis has operated from this same sight since 1828 and the wrought iron entrance gates carry the royal initials of VR (Victoria reigns) and the date of 1844.The green buildings closest to the water are assigned to the perishables that can be found inside their confines - fish, goat, pig, poultry - and if you've got the stomach for it make sure that you check them out. Inside the stall holders can be seen jointing the meat and cleaning the fish and at the end o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2013

Market

Mauritius, africa