A comfortable way to travel to Melbourne again 2016 travel blog

 

typical prosporous town

Plan of the walk to the vent we would have liked to...

the closest we had time to get to the vent in 30...

view of vent from the top and the ash plain around


Berthing in the docks of Reunion was quite a tricky business, requiring a pilot on board to guide the large ship through the narrow entrance and two tugs to protect the sides. It ended up slowly moving sideways before mooring, all taking quite a time so we did not set off on our coach tour to the volcano in the south until nearly 11am which made the day all very late.

The guide was brilliant telling us all about the history of the island as well as the current politics and how it is governed as a French province. He was also very knowledgeable about how the island had been formed by volcanic activity and that the volcano we were going to see was last active in August last year for 2 months. It made the long journey interesting and kept our spirits up when we were driving through cloud not being able to see anything! Fortunately when we finally reached the summit the clouds separated and we could see the moon-like landscape and the vent of the volcano. It was a very long day on a coach and lunch was not until 3.30-4.30pm which was rather late!!!!! but we got a good feel for a prosperous island which is trying to support itself and produce its own power from hydroelectricity in the east, solar panels and wind as well as burning the end product of sugar production from their sugar cane to produce electricity.

The trip was a 140ml round the coastline trip as well as the coach going up and down some impossibly looking hairpin bends when we climbed up to the volcano summit where it was VERY SLOW PROGRESS..... making it rather a long time for us on the coach but at least we got a flavour of the whole island. We did not get back until after 7pm .

It was the maiden berthing of the QE and so the ship was quite a curiosity and when we got back there were hundreds of locals with parked cars around the perimeter fence of the docks taking photographs of the ship! We felt like celebrities as we arrived back!

The trip was a 140ml round the coastline trip as well as the coach going up and down some impossibly looking hairpin bends when we climbed up to the volcano summit where it was VERY SLOW PROGRESS..... making it rather a long time for us on the coach but at least we got a flavour of the whole island. We did not get back until after 7pm .

It was the maiden berthing of the QE and so the ship was quite a curiosity and when we got back there were hundreds of locals with parked cars around the perimeter fence of the docks taking photographs of the ship! We felt like celebrities as we arrived back!

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