Alpert-Shroyer 2010 Bonus World Cruise travel blog

Our escort into Port Reunion clearly shows the French influence of this...

Populated apartments & homes at Pointe Des Galets of Reunion Island &...

Homes, businesses & apartments scattered thoughout the sloping hills of Pointe Des...

Preparations for growth & ongoing business is shown by the reinforced breakwater...

Fresh catch of a needle fish by the 2 fishermen in the...

Residences & industry sharing the growth of the western side of Reunion...

Heavy growth of port infrastructure shows this small island is ready for...

Coal (see in background) is readied in these containers for on loading...

Rising mountains behind the industrial growth near the port & warehouse roofs...

Far western side of Pointe Des Galets residential development overlooking the coal...

A Volcano's rim seen in the background as the clouds part for...

Red suited linemen ready for our sail away. This is required by...

Grain silos being built next to this large warehouse at the port,...

Oil storage is completed in background while administrative offices & more warehouses...

Starboard reinforcement levy & commercial buildings being built in the background at...


Welcome to Pointe Des Galets (Port Reunion), Reunion Island. Since it is one of the most familiar islands on the top of tourists destinations,............OK, just kidding our port of call is a relatively new port development, even though it has been a city for centuries and Reunion Island is a popular French & European vacation destination.

Reunion island developed in the past as a French outpost from Mauritius Island before in the Spice trade to Europe. When the Suez Canal opened in the late 1800's, the frequency of stopovers & provisioning almost came to a standstill. It is close to Mauritius Island (about 120 miles) and almost 1350 miles away from Richard's Bay, South Africa, with Madagascar between. Today, Reunion Island is a populated, modern island (approx 800,000) that is the outermost "department" (sovereign territorial possession) that has the Euro as its currency.

Ellie is still not feeling the best she should feel, so I stayed in with her & declined to take the long tours or even go into the town of St. Denis (about 10 miles away). We will have to visit these 2 modern, good tourists destination islands, that offer a lot of history, sightseeing, beach and water sports activities in our later "explorations". Therefore, I only have entry & exit photos of the immediate port area & the sprawling development of Pointe Des Gatlets around the port. This Island has lots of history (mostly Portuguese & French from the early 1600's-from the house of Bourbon & Napoleon) of seafaring & trade but was developed by prisoners from France and influx of Chinese, Indian & Malay immigrants from the 17th to 19th Centuries & lastly controlled by the Germans in WW2, until liberation in 1942 by the French. One of tours were was just about the most active volcano (most recent activity was Jan. 2nd, 2010!) & development on the eastern part of the island & the spice & sugar mills along the 10 hr. trip.

We would liked to have visited both Mauritius & Reunion Islands but will have to put them on our "to do" list for the future.

"Our World, Our Way, No Regrets!"



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