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Day 29-30

Reunion - my birthday and our 10th wedding anniversary

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Yesterday was my birthday and our 10th wedding anniversary. We decided to treat ourselves and take a helicopter tour of the island. Pick-up was scheduled for 7:20, but just as we were about to leave the room the company rang to cancel as it was too cloudy. We rescheduled for the following day, this time with a 6:20 pick-up.

We went back to bed for a bit and then went for breakfast. The hotel serves sparkling wine at breakfast, so we started the day with a few bubbles and then had a leisurely day on the beach. Late afternoon we took a drive into Saint-Gille to look around and find a shot glass to add to our collection.

We celebrated in the evening with a bottle of champagne courtesy of the duty free in Mauritius.

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Today we got ready for the 6:20 pick-up and made it all the way to the helipad before we were told it was too cloudy to fly. As Rob was suffering a little from too much beer and champagne we went back to bed for a bit and had another late breakfast.

This afternoon we went snorkelling. The water is nice and clear and there are quite a few fish but not as plentiful or colourful as in the Maldives. There were hundreds of sea cucumbers which look like giant slugs.

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Day 27-28

Mauritius to Reunion

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Yesterday we left our hotel after breakfast to go back to the airport for the short flight to the Island of Reunion.

I forgot to check the flight the day before and was a bit shocked to find the flight was 45 minutes earlier than originally scheduled.... Luckily we were still in time to check in.

Reunion is 63k by 45k, it is quite mountainous and volcanic in origin. The Piton de la Fournaise is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The island is an overseas department of France, so it is part of the Eurozone.

We drove from the airport along the coast road to L'Ermitage on the west of the island to the Lux hotel. Our room is top right in this block of 6 rooms. The hotel left us some goodies, including a T-shirt and a wrap as an anniversary present - along with a heart-shaped pattern in flowers on the bed.

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Today we explored the area close to the hotel and relaxed on the beach. We have an early start tomorrow for our helicopter trip over the island.

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Day 26

Mauritius - Pamplemousses

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Today we took a trip to the Botanical Gardens in a town called Pamplemousses.

The gardens are very green (rather than colourful) and you really need to join a guided tour to make the most of them.

We saw (and smelt the leaves of) lots of different plants such as Ginger, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove, 3 spice, Ylang Ylang and Camphour.

Like Kew Gardens, they have a palm that grows for 60 years, flowers once and then dies.

Here are a few photos of some of the trees.

Jack Fruit tree

Jack Fruit tree

Cannonball tree

Cannonball tree

Bleeding tree with red sap

Bleeding tree with red sap

Pinescrew tree

Pinescrew tree

There are several lily ponds including the famous pond - the lily pads grow up to one metre in diameter in 2 weeks and can support the weight of a baby. The flowers last one day, they are white in the morning and pink in the afternoon.

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The gardens also have fruit bats, an enclosure for giant tortoises and a deer pen.

We got back to the hotel mid-afternoon and took a pedalo out for an hour and the spent some time in the sea.

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Day 23-25

Mauritius - Belle Mare

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We've spent the last three days walking along the coast, reading, eating and sleeping.

The temperatures are in the high 20s so it feels a lot cooler than the other countries we've visited - the sea is also quite cool compared to the warm waters of the Seychelles.
We had quite a lot of rain on the third day, although we still managed to walk to the local village for lunch.

The Palmeraie is very nice, particularly the food. The buildings have a Moroccan feel to them, lots of red/earthly colours, archways and lanterns.

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and the sandy beach stretches for miles....

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Day 22

Seychelles to Mauritius - Praslin to Mahe, Mahe to Mauritius

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Today we moved onto our next country, Mauritius.

The booking problems we had when we arrived seem to have been resolved and we had a flight back to Mahe on a DCH-6 Twin Otter. We were sitting right at the front, so got a good view of all the controls and the Mahe runway.

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The island of Mauritius is 65 km long and 45 km wide. It is surrounded by more than 93 miles of white sandy beaches and the lagoons are protected from the open sea by the world's third largest coral reef, which surrounds the island.

As we flew over the island we could see vast areas of sugar cane fields and several large towns.

We're staying at La Palmeraie in Belle Mare on the East Coast of the island.

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