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Apr 8, 2016 - Back To Abu Dhabi

Today we have a very relaxing morning before we fly back to Dubai. Al needs to return the rental car by 8:30 am and I hope to exchange a Mauritius beach towel because the logo on coming off. No such luck as the shops don't open till ten am. By the time the shops were open I was too lazy to walk back and try the exchange. I decided to swim in the pool to get some exercise and then dry off at the beach where there is a nice breeze. Las few hours at the beach seemed way more attractive than exchanging a towel. Roshan, our taxi driver and host...

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Apr 7, 2016 - More Flic en Flac

Al and Lee debated about the last minute opportunity to golf today at a very expensive, private courses called Paradise Resort and Golf. I would be allowed to hang out at the beach there while the boys golfed. Roshan’s cousin tried to get the boys a deal but could not do much better than 12,000 Mauritian rupees each which amounts to about $400 CAD. Al figures he can golf in Dubai for that price so we spend another day around our pool and beach area. It's hot and humid after yesterday's storm with the ocean being a bit rough again today....

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Apr 6, 2016 - Strawberry Rum?

I was awake earlier today. It was pouring rain early this am. The boys were still sleeping so I quietly checked emails and read my book. The rain stopped by the time the were up but the clouds still threatened on and off all day. It was a perfect day to spend at the beach s the temperatures were warm. We could see the dark rain clouds to the south of us best in Flic en Flac we only got a wee shower at around 5 pm. The sunset was beautiful so more photos were taken. With the ocean being very rough today we didn't spend much time in the...

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Apr 4, 2016 - Heading North

Time to see what's up north on this island. Our first stop was Port Louis, the Island's capital. It was first settled by the Dutch in the 17th century. Parking at the Caudan Waterfront was easy. The restaurants, cafes and shopping were like many other waterfront areas, pricey and new. Big working ships, luxury boats, grain elevators, and older buildings surrounding the port were all within view of the walkway taking us from the parking area.Umbrellas, high above us, decorated the entrance to the pedestrian space once in the main shopping...

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Mar 30, 2016 - Golf at Tamarina Golf Resort

Brendan was waiting for us once we arrived at the golf course. I was allowed to ride along in the cart for the first nine and then hung around the restaurant till Al, Lee and Brendan finished the round. I had a delicious lunch, a nice refreshing beer called Phoenix Fresh. An ice cold fresh lemony taste in my beer was great on a warm day. Brendan was a very chatty Scotsman that really seemed to enjoy our company. Lee rode with him in a cart and I rode with Al. The scenery was very lush and green with many large snails, monkeys around the...

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Mar 29, 2016 - Getting Organized

Before leaving this morning, I again emailed Roshan, the apartment owner with some concerns we had. One was requesting beach and dish towels, the other was to get some sink stops so I could do dishes. Along with the odour still being a concern, I also mentioned we had a seen a large cockroach. With a mission of getting Al a sim card so we have some access to cellular data like google maps, the three of us waited briefly at the bus stop and hopped on headed to a mall a short distance out of town. Cascavelle was a small all with a few...

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Mar 28, 2016 - Mauritius Here We Are

First Day in Mauritius. I had a very uncomfortable sleep. The bed sheets smelled and the air in general still carried a chemical, stale odour. Lee was up and had put on the kettle for hot water to have an instant coffee this morning. We purchased a couple of small bottles of water last night. It would have been nice if Roshan would have stopped briefly at a Spar as we drove by just for a few breakfast groceries. Once we were all up a short walk took us to a nice little breakfast place called Illy. The busses drove by often leading us to...

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Feb 7, 2016 - Second day in isolation

Another good nights sleep and my second day of isolation in my room and balcony. We both had room service for breakfast this morning as Terry is not allowed in the Lido either although he can move around the ship OK …. so we had breakfast together on our balcony looking out to a very calm blue sea reflected from the blue sky above. It has now clouded over to high white broken clouds making the sea change to a greyer colour....all very interesting if you nothing else to do! Terry has gone to the lecture on the Concorde crash and then to the...

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Feb 3, 2016 - A lovely trip seeing Mauritius

We have had a very successful and enjoyable day on our pre-organized trip with Mauritius Attractions, a private company we found on line before we set off. The taxi driver met us at the quay side and stayed with us all day taking us round the island to all the places we had requested and more and was very friendly and knowledgeable. It was far better than the Cunard coach trip we had been on the previous day in Reunion and a fraction of the cost. The weather was mixed with quite a lot of short heavy rain showers but we were provided with a...

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Mar 21, 2014 - Port Louis, Mauritius

3/21 – 3/23 Another two sea days and 1097 miles brought us to Port Louis, Mauritius. On one of those sea days we took a galley (kitchen) tour. The galley prepares food for up to 1380 passengers and 620 crew members. The galley staff consists of 96 persons supervised by an executive chief. Some examples of weekly consumption include: 8500 lbs of meet, 3814 lbs poultry, 1875 lbs fish, 2575 lbs seafood, 12,500 lbs fresh vegetables, 4750 lbs of potatoes, 200 gallons of ice cream and 18040 eggs. And Joan and I did our part to keep up the...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Mauritius, the Seychelles and Johannesburg

Mauritius: Arriving in Mauritius after dark, we collected our hire car and drove the 20km to our guest house Le Dodo. Yes almost everything in Mauritius has some reference to that flightless, but unfortunately very tasty, extinct bird. We showered and wandered across the road to a lovely restaurant where we eagerly devoured a 3 course creole feast. Hello flavour, where have you been? We ate the light and spicy seafood meal we have been craving! We then spent a week driving around the 2000 square km island sampling its beaches, diving in...

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Oct 20, 2010 - The Island of Mauritius

MAURITIUS I had never heard of the country of Mauritius before the Semester at Sea trip, but for those of you who don’t know, it is a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean (a couple hundred miles northwest of Madagascar). It is an island of 1.5 million people and where much of the world’s sugar cane is grown. Geographically, it is a tiny island though. It has a large Indian population and because of this the dominant religion is Hinduism. Being we were only staying for the night we didn’t pre-book any hotels or activities, but that doesn’t...

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