Liesl Binnie

Joined June 2017Living in: Perth, Australia
  • Day10

    charmarel

    October 9, 2015 in Mauritius ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Late start as Stephen sick through night.
    Late start, kids sleep in to 10am, dad up every hour through the night with the runs.

    At 11am, ready to goaw sugar cane being harvested by hand - uneven ground it was growing around volcanic rock
    trou aux biches
    Fabric factories
    driving on new road - albion
    pheonix - quatre bornes
    Eiffel Tower
    Water reservoir - island water supply
    Passed ranches with deer for hunting. They were introduced to the island - now lots on the wild - curepipe
    Hindu temple
    Massive extra lane for pilgrims to walk during festival - chemin Grenier
    Riviere Noire
    Charmarel - Waterfall - Alexandra 
View Of valley - good markets. Pineapple on stick. Black river gorges viewpoint 
Coffee plantation 
Palm plantation for heart of palm salad 
Chameral waterfall
Seven sands
Giant tortoise
    Grande Riviere Noire, Grande Riviere Noire, Mauritius
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    Great view of tamarind
Coconut shack - tried coconut milk and coconut creamDraft
    Tamarin, Tamarin, Mauritius
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    Through tamarin on way home
Good view of King Kong shaped mountain 
Mobile towers look like coconut trees
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  • Day8

    la pointe aux canonnier

    October 7, 2015 in Mauritius ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    Slept in again and went to breakfast just after 10am, so we were at the beach again. We saw Kelsey's family who had said they wouldn't be around until lunch time because they were going fishing with the family. Apparently the kids thought it was too rough and so they headed back early. Though they did catch a large salmon while they were out.

    The kids headed off to join the other kids and went to archery first, but were a little too late to have a go. Kabz asked the kids to go to mini club centre and surprised them by saying they were going to join in with the little kids concert that night and so would have to practice the dance today.

    Steve was able to catch Leon just before he headed out sailing and so was able to join him and get a refresher on how to sail the catamaran.the wind was a little stop and start but they had fun.

    The kids were going to go snorkelling however there were jellyfish in the water and so it was not on. The waterskiing was also cancelled but opened up later in the day.

    Both the kids and us were basically around the pool for the next few hours, swimming, sipping cocktails and reading our books or blogging.

    The kids did their own thing for lunch and Tahlia again had her staple, the wood fired pizza which is cooked every lunch and dinner and is really really good!

    By the time we were ready for some lunch, the main dining was almost closed so Steve ducked in and grabbed a burger, but then we headed to the beach restaurant where they do an a la carte mains lunch and buffet entrees and dessert. Liesl chose the crumbed chicken with tempura vegetables. We then plonked back down at our spot by the pool.

    In the afternoon the kids were asked to meet at the table tennis tables with the kids club team and they went down to the grassed area for a 'paint fight' they found us later and they were all covered in different coloured paints.

    Mum and dad eventually dragged themselves away from the pool and went down to the beach for a sail. The wind was a lot stronger and more consistent than the morning and so it was great fun and were out until the boats all had to come in.

    While the kids were in the rooms scrubbing themselves clean, there was a show by the waterskiing team at 5pm. As at all shows, it's all hands on deck and most of the male GO's were involved. They did a mixture of tricks, and while they were no SeaWorld professionals, they were very entertaining.

    At about 6pm as we were headed back to our room we thought it was cool enough to get onto the tennis courts for a half hour. We stayed long enough to have the lights turned on, our first tennis day/nighter.

    The kids had already headed off for dinner with their friends and Kelsey's family were out at their families house for dinner and last goodbyes before they were going home in the morning. So we went to dinner a little later than normal and as we headed in one of the staff showed us to a lovely table for two outside near the garden with the sound of the water feature behind us, almost romantic!

    The theme for dinner was Mauritian and so we tried a couple of things we'd not had before, including the palm heart or 'millionaires' salad. Steve also tried a wrap, with multiple types of beans, spices and chilli which was lovely. Liesl had a traditional noodle dish.

    After dinner the mini club did their show on the stage and the older kids joined them for the final song. The parents were then invited to the stage also and so dad got up there, meaning all of us have now 'been up on stage' this holiday!

    It was Kelsey's last night and so after some running around to say goodbyes to the staff we farewelled them, but no doubt the kids will stay in touch.
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  • Day7

    d'adventure de sucre

    October 6, 2015 in Mauritius ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    This morning we had to make an effort to get out of bed by 8.30am as we had a taxi ride booked for 9.30am. After having our breakfast, we met our driver and guide Zaid and headed off for Port Lois.
    On the way, he stopped for us tons each a look at a Tamil we had our Botanic garden
    Adventure de sucre

    Tamil temple - shoes off. Lots of incense. Very colourful. In Terre rouge

    Port Louis - markets - wow! The colours and the smells

    Old slave building - the citadel (port Adelaide)

    Then on to pampelmousse

    First stop sir ...... Botanical gardens. First botanical gardens established in the Southern Hemisphere. Wonderful array of plants from all over Southern Hemisphere. Went on a guided tour. The tour guide was very friendly and quite funny. The others in the tour were English , Si it was great - he just spoke English the whole time.

    Highlights - lotus in flower on pond. Also massive plants on pond - like plates

    A few Australian plants in the garden - eucalyptus and bottle brush

    Tortoises and deer

    Second stop - d'adventure de sucre.

    A lot of information about the history of Mauritius
    We all sat with Kelsey's family for dinner. It was 'ocean theme' buffet for dinner. At the entrance to dining they had sea urchin and oysters which dad tried. Kelsey's dad had about 20 sea urchins. They are quite a delicacy. Mum had the mussels which were also delicious.

    Went to bed early -everyone in tired! (Didn't stay for 9:30 show)

    What I saw
    Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan Botanic Garden - Pamplemousses, (formerly Royal Botanic Gardens Pamplemousses)Port Louis, Mauritius
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  • Day6

    La pointe aux canonnier

    October 5, 2015 in Mauritius ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    But if a late start after the late night

    Kids ran to teen club straight after breakfast and spent morning doing archery then went out on the glass bottom boat to go snorkelling.

    "Mama, papa ! .... Go! ....... Enjoy your holiday ......."

    We did a bit of washing and had a hit on the tennis court.
    Temp 22 but humidity 93% - had to go and have a lie down and cool off.
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  • Day5

    Arsenal mauritius

    October 4, 2015 in Mauritius ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We got up in time get ready for our first outing, and heading to breakfast. Straight from breakfast we went to reception and asked for a taxi to come in and pick us up. We explained to the driver that we wanted to go the the main shopping centre we had seen advertised on the brochure. He explained that there was a series of 'outlet' stores if we were interested and we agreed to going there.Taxi took us for tour around - first to Arsenal - outlet shops. Looked at sugar cane and vegetation
    Drove around grand baie. Went to shopping centre - checked out the local grocery store and bought a few souvineers

    Met a really nice taxi driver, Zaid, who speaks English really well. Will contact him again to get tour of more of the island lets in the week.

    Kids lunched with kids club and spent afternoon with them

    Had a lot of fun in the pool in the rain - Gael & kabs.

    Dinner together

    Show - fun house

    Stayed for drinks after the show - very late night

    Where I stayed
    Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers - Grand Baie, Pointe aux Cannoniers, Mauritius
    Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers - Grand Baie, Pointe aux Cannoniers, Mauritius
    Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers - Grand Baie, Pointe aux Cannoniers, Mauritius
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  • Day4

    Club Med

    October 3, 2015 in Mauritius ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    GO kids club day off

    Dad waterski

    Walk on beach with kids & their new friends - volcanic rock pools

    Kids spent most of day in pool

    It seems we are getting up later and later, as we stay up to watch the shows in the evening.
    The breakfast is now in the main dining area and the beach breakfast is only available from 10am.

    After breakfast the kids headed off to meet up with the other kids.

    Chelsea in swimming comp in pool

    Mum and Dad chilled out on the beach and took out one of the double kayaks for a paddle.
    In the afternoon they also went to check out the archery and dad had a go

    Late in the afternoon Dad decided he had better have a run, so he went along the beach around to the end of the bay which is about 1.5kms long.

    Dinner at a le carte restaurant on the beach. We all had the goats cheese mousse and vegetables. The chicken came with duck liver sauce which didn't sound very enticing to the kids so we asked them to hold the sauce! Dad had the fish which was lovely. The dessert was a 'large' chocolate macaron.

    Girls night show

    Mum up on stage dancing with tennis coach

    Where I stayed
    Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers - Grand Baie, Pointe aux Cannoniers, Mauritius
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  • Day3

    Club Med

    October 2, 2015 in Mauritius ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Rained

    Kids spent a lot of time with friends

    Chelsea won ping pong competition

    We researched day trip options.

    Dad run on beach

    Dinner - buffet

    Kids had dinner with other friends and GO

    Pirate night - watched kids show and then adult show

    Where I stayed
    Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers - Grand Baie, Pointe aux Cannoniers, MauritiusRead more

  • Day2

    Club Med

    October 1, 2015 in Mauritius ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Girls up early and found wi fi checked school results

    Got rooms in order and then went to breakfast at the beach restaurant

    Went for a walk along the beach and found some Volcanic rock jetty went back there later

    Went to info morning and got a personalised one because everyone else got it in French

    Went for swim

    Lunch in the restaurant

    Second walk

    Pool again with dad

    All back to the room, dad played tennis and girls had pancakes by the pool for afternoon tea

    Dad had a run in the gym and we all met back at the room

    Dinner at buffet

    Where I stayed
    Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers - Grand Baie, Pointe aux Cannoniers, Mauritius
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  • Day1

    La Pointe aux Canonniers

    September 30, 2015 in Mauritius ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We left home at 9.30am and got a taxi to Perth International

    Check in etc customs had some snacks

    Boarded at 12.45 slight delay and left at 1.30pm

    The flight was 9hrs with head wind, so will be quicker on the way back

    On the flight we ......

    Landed at 5.45pm local time but we felt exhausted as it was 9.45pm Perth time

    Taxi for an hour from south east of the island to the far north west

    Check in with drinks and sausage rolls

    Bags sent to the room, by the time we got there they were there

    Our room called rose belle

    Kids shower and bed, mu and dad went to the restaurant for a quick dinner
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