Travel Blogs from Cilaos
... heaps of time to spare.
We flew in a tiny plane back to Mauritius so having heaps of time to kill in transit at Mauritius we thought for our last blog entry we would write up some African observations.
- The further south we travelled the wealthier the countries seem to be eg. The supermarkets in the North have a very limited variety and stock especially fresh produce. The roads can virtually impassable in the North, especially in the wet, without ...
... only cross
island road which took us up to the turnoff to the volcano. We struggled to
work out which was the right road and did a bit of backtracking. The road
continued uphill but surprised us that this forest road was very well
maintained. We drove through a pine forest before coming to very low sparse
vegetation and then finally this bizarre Mars like scenery where there had
previously been lava flows. The last part of the drive to the crater rim was
... a large hotel complex. Archbishop Macarios had a house while he was in exile on Mahe. As our driver had spent most of his life there and it is such a small place he seemed to know every second person we passed particularly near his village. The scenery on the west coast was magic with coral lagoons lined with palm trees and small villages backed by steep hills. We had a swim at a beach with very beautiful clear warm water and stopped at several others for photos. We then ...
... LR sun before we started the drive to the airport. We stopped off at the beach at L'Ermitage for a last drink. Although warm, the sun had disappeared and a short shower made parking easier as people were leaving the beach.
And so on to St Denis and the airport. Bags were checked in and L&E left to return to St Pierre. We boarded, with seats together this time, for the 11hour flight to ...
the interior today we saw stunning scenery but the most scary roads we have
ever been on. This was well and truly accentuated by driving on the right hand
side of the road. Our first hair raising experience was the road from St Gilles
to the mountainous lookout of Maidon. We were lucky to make the lookout not 10
minutes before the clouds rolled in obstructing the view. We could see down