This is a huge post with heaps of pics of a recent trip that I took with my children. We went to the absolutely stunning island of Mauritius for a 3 week holiday. My Grandmother lives there & was about to celebrate her 80th Birthday so I thought it would be the perfect time to visit.
The flight was great, I actually was freaking out that my youngest would misbehave on the flight but she was a delight to travel with. They were both quiet on the flight and while sitting on the tarmac prior to take-off she asked “are we there yet” and “have we left earth” and “are we flying now”.
My daughter watching Tangled.
Our first flight left Melbourne & headed over to Perth roughly a 4hr flight. Then we transferred through to the international terminal to wait for our next flight from Perth to Mauritius which is about 8hrs. We left Melbourne at 7.30am and arrived in Mauritius at 7pm (ish) which I believe was about 1am Melbourne time. A very long day but we got to end it with some amazing Mauritian food.
Dhall Puri – My Number 1 favourite food of all time. Best bought on the street with all the yummy fillings.
The 3 weeks was taken up spending time visiting family and driving around Mauritius to visit various beaches, the Botanical Gardens In Pamplemousses, waterfalls and even a tea plantation. Oh and we did the markets in Port Louis which was a bit unnerving to begin but a great experience.
The house we stayed out was 3 stories high with a pool & great views!
I saw this flower and was all…ohhh it’s beautiful & the colour is so rich.
Then saw the stem and was all…OMG…OMFG…thorn overkill.
We stayed in a private house in Flic en Flac that we booked for our whole family and despite being Winter the weather was amazing so the kids actually got to have a swim in the pool. My Brother insisted on buying fireworks so we were all treated to our very own fireworks show for a few nights in a row. A fantastic experience for my kids.
This small beach is up near the north of Mauritius.
I was wrapped that I was in one of my Summer dress in the middle of Winter. Amazing weather.
Inside the markets at Rose Hill.
Inside a fabric store at Rose Hill. I bought 6 metres of fabric for $300 rupees – About $10.00 AUS.
We also visited Chamarel which is where the 7 Coloured Sands is located. We walked around and took some pics of the coloured sand. Years and years ago you used to be able to walk on the sands (in the 80’s) and people would get bottles and jars and collect the sand to take home. Obviously now they don’t allow you to do that so that the area is preserved for future generations but it did get me wondering what all those people did with their 1 litre coke bottles full of sand. They sell test tubes filled with the coloured sand but I believe it’s not actually ‘THE’ coloured sands from Charmarel but instead it’s normal sand with coloured chalk. There were also some very big/old Tortoises that live at the 7 Sands and the kids were fascinated in them.
Waterfall at Chamarel. Moments before this pic was taken Arielle had a huge spew – car sickness.
Miss A was also taken to the Dr that morning because she had an ear infection – the antibiotics were just starting to kick in.
My wind swept hair.
There was a small kiosk selling food, it was too early for lunch so I got the kids cupcakes.
As I was ordering them I found out they were Pina Colada flavoured & came with tiny umbrellas on them! I doubt they were alcoholic.
The kids checking out the Tortoises.
Across the road from the entrance to the 7 Sands is a new tourist destination ‘The Curious Corner of Chamarel which was a bit of fun for the kids – we got some great pics. Over the sound system they were playing Diana Ross ‘Upside Down’ & Lionel Ritchie ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’.
This was fun, posing for pics in a dodgy elevator!
My brother who is over 6ft tall is in this picture with my Son.
Miss A is bigger than Sir O.
One of the nights we went for dinner at The Beach Shack in Flic en Flac. We arrived with 15mins to spare before the end of Happy Hour. They didn’t give us menus or serve us until at least 20mins after sitting. Hmmm.
Ok…so I ordered my cocktail. I chose the ‘Wiki Waki Woo’. It’s their signature drink. I was keen to try it and I took a pic of what I got and tasted it but umm yeah. Until about half way through the drink my future Sister in Law comments that her drink doesn’t taste right. YUP…they have given her my drink & me her drink. I wasn’t impressed and they were so slack with service that I never actually got a chance to order it again and actually find out if it was any good. Meh.
The kids on Flic en Flac.
A family selfie on Flic en Flac.
A trip to Le Caudan Waterfront & they had this cute display of umbrellas.
We had lunch at the Sunset Cafe. They had a great little kids menu that came with a burger, chips, drink & ice cream. My Daughter ordered an apple juice. Let me tell you I was so freakin excited that it was a real life freshly squeezed apple juice. The real deal and she was drinking it & kept saying it was yummy. No over processed crappy sugar water but REAL apple juice.
Then I got super excited…I ordered a cocktail ‘Le Pirate’ and guess what REAL FREAKIN JUICE. It totally took this drink to a whole other level. It was amazing and I should have ordered another but with heaps of shopping to do & the heat…yeah. Brilliant cocktail.
Heading towards the markets in Port Louis.
We went to visit the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens and again the weather was perfect. I would have loved to have walked around all the interior of this lovely colonial building.
The giant water lillies. They were still opening up, so didn’t look so giant.
How amazing is this tree. It reminds me of Medusa or dreadlocks on a Rastafarian.
Walking along the path with the shade from the amazingly tall palms.
My brother playing with fireworks. This is one of those things we do when we go to Mauritius. Usually it’s at Christmas time so every store is selling fireworks. I am sure eventually this will be something that will become regulated.
We had huge fireworks to play with. I must have grown up since I was last in Mauritius because I stayed far away from them. I used to be the ring leader, with the most amount of crackers and lighting them at stupid times.
Trou aux Cerf is located in Curepipe – it’s an extinct volcano. My kids heard we were going to a volcano & my Son asked where was the lava. Ahhh…
Swimming…in Winter…in Mauritius…because it’s too warm!!
We had tea at the Bois Cheri Tea Factory. We also had amazing crepes with banana & caramel. yum!
Selfie with the view from Bois Cheri Tea Factory.
I still can’t get over this tea pot. If it seriously is from 1645 then I am just stoked that it was just sitting there in the museum at Bois Cheri, inside a protective little glass box. I want!!
We visited Alexandra Falls and this was the view (My Uncle taking it all in!).
Quick stop for coffee and I had to get some Napolitaines. I LOVE these biscuits. RS12.00 is about $0.45 AUS.
The most amazing tree at St Felix beach.
More of St Felix.
The beach has heaps of these really sharp bits of coral.
On a clear day this beach would be amazing.
I took this picture as we were heading home in the car. Looking North towards Le Morne (I think!).
Setting sun over Flic en Flac & the sugar cane fields (that sadly are disappearing to make room for apartments).
My two were wrecked from all that travelling & sight seeing.
I celebrated my Birthday while we were in Mauritius. We took another trip to the markets in Rose Hill. I picked up more fabric & got these rip off Ray Bans for the kids. They were happy.
We had Nandos for lunch and I got this non-alcholic cocktail. It was pomegranate syrup & lemonade and was actually quite nice.
The day before we left my Aunt & Uncle took us to a place somewhere between Rose Hill & Quatre Bournes to have “boulette” or dumplings or if you are my 3 yr old “dumperlings”. Of course once we got there she didn’t want “dumperlings” she wanted noodles.
Farewell lovely Mauritius. Our last day in paradise and still the weather was amazing.
The view towards Flic en Flac from my Aunt’s apartment in Phoenix.
Of course a trip to Mauritius isn’t complete without a bowl of fish soup. This was amazing. I had two bowls and over ate and then felt uncomfortable for the rest of the evening…which meant our flight home. Still…it was worth it.
Coming home was hard, our flight didn’t leave Mauritius until 10.55pm and I woke up earlier that day at 6.30am so a full day awake and then we boarded our flight which landed in Perth local time 9.30am – about 4am Mauritius time and I had about 1 maybe 2 hours of sleep on the flight and then had to stay awake ALL day until we arrived in Melbourne at 7.30pm (1pm Mauritius time) so I was a little bit cookoo by the end of the flight. I think I might have crashed out for 30 mins on the Perth-Melb flight – I also may have high fived the guys at the domestic terminal that check your hand luggage just before the area where the gates are.
Anyway…that’s it for international holidays for this year and possibly for the foreseeable future. I am desperate to get my kitchen / laundry / bathroom updated so it’s time to start saving for that!!