Trou d'Eau Douce

Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
Trip End Jun 02, 2006

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

It has been 2 weeks since we've returned from South Africa and we have settled in nicely in a very comfortable house in the village of Trou D'Eau Douce (TDD), a pretty little fishing village on the East side of Mauritius.

We have found this stone cottage overlooking the ocean by chance. We had come to TDD shortly after we arrived in Mauritius to look for a place. We basically went into stores and restaurants and walked up to people and asked them about rentals in the area. We saw everything from the shabby to the gaudy. While we really liked the feel of the village, we did not like any of the places we saw. Then we drove by this house and it caught our attention with its brightly coloured shutters and gates and a huge mango tree in the front yard. There was no sign of anything indicating if it was for rent; it looked like a private residence. Melissa wondered that it was for rent and I suggested than she go ask. She opened the gate and knocked at the door. A lady answered the door and indicated that house belonged to her friend and was not sure if she rented it. She gave us the owner's coordinates and I subsequently called her and arranged to meet with her. Things worked out and we have the house for the month of May.

The house is fully equipped including the services of a cleaning staff and a gardener. The backyard is nicely landscaped and has a pool and overlooks the ocean. We are directly above the fisherman's landing. All the bedrooms have a view of the ocean and have a door leading directly into the backyard. One of our daily rituals is sitting on the back wall and watching the fisherment arriving with their catch of the day. If something catches or eye, I run down to the pier and buy fish directly from the fishermen. We have fresh fish for dinner at least twice a week. I have even learned how to scale, gut and filet fish!

We are really enjoying our time here. It is a very laid-back and relaxed place. The people are really nice and friendly. There are no other tourists staying in the village as most of the hotels are about 5 kms down the coast. Although, we do see them everyday being herded onto the shuttle to Ile aux Cerfs, an island just a short boat ride away which has some great beaches. We recently went to Ile aux Cerfs to check it out for ourselves (see photos).
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gmonvoisin on

point of order
I think what I said was - stop the car, I want to see if that house is for rent.

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