We're home!July 2, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C
...and the washing machine is already in full operation!
I'm 3.5kg heavier than I was 2 weeks ago - but it was worth it 😁
After a 6am pick-up, we're now heading home after a lovely two weeks in Mauritius. It was a shame that Dave, Julie and Laura were unable to join us but I hope they get to enjoy the place as much as we have when they do come.
I'm sure we've all put on weight and will be on diets/gym routines on our return!
Exciting times await on our return - Adam starts his placement, Emma goes headlong into her Uni course and new role, and Allison and I head to Dublin for a long weekend in 2 weeks time 😁Read more
Allison, Emma and Adam took the snorkelling trip in the morning then we headed out onto the water again in the afternoon for some fun on a pedal and kayak.
After watching our final sunset we packed ready for an early start tomorrow then set off for our final evening at the Merville Beach Hotel.Read more
This time our trip took us south of Grand Baie. Our first stop was a beachside Hindu temple and then we carried on to the wonderful sweeping bay of Mon Choisy, lined with trees, golden sand, and a turquoise sea set against a backdrop of the island's mountains.
After a well-earned lunch, we had a relaxing afternoon on the beach watching others enjoy the sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding etc. After watching our penultimate Mauritian sunset we sat down to yet another excellent buffet in the restaurant.Read more
Emma, Adam and I decided to go 'stand-up' paddleboarding today. Conditions appeared calm but when we got out into the bay, there was a strong wind and current to contend with. We did okay for a while but eventually all three of us took tumbles into the Indian Ocean! My confidence had increased after I survived the wake of a speedboat zooming past me but a lapse of concentration saw me hit the water soon after. Then it was a case of getting back on the board - eventually I made it and kneeling, I made slow progress back to shore. On arrival, it was pointed out to me that i had the board the wrong way around and my style was 'unique'.
After that we had a leisurely lunch and a peaceful, relaxing afternoon on the beach with our kindles, books and magazines.Read more
Allison and I spent an hour drifting round the bay on a pedalo in the morning then after lunch we decided to go to the capital, Port Louis on the local bus.
It's a bustling city with a mix of modern and old, rich and poor. There are swanky shopping malls near the waterfront and just 500 yards inland, there are street traders selling fruit from barrows etc.Read more
Inbetween meals I sat on the beach and finished Emma's book I started yesterday. Emma and I had 15 minutes in the sea with the water ball, Allison went for a cool down dip in the sea twice and Adam had a 15 minute snorkel - other than that we sat under our beach umbrella all day long just chilling and watching the world go by. I did get up to take some sunset photos but that was about it for today 😎Read more
A glorious day spent relaxing on the beach for the majority of the time. We did take the snorkel trip out beyond the reef and saw lots of different fish. Allison and Emma took out a pedalo and then Allison and I took a mid-afternoon stroll around the bay for yet more exercise!
As always, Chandan and Arden from the bar looked after us throughout the day and it's nice they remember our names given the number of guests in the hotel. DJ Dave entertained us during the evening and it reminded us of the Raymen's and such a shame they were unable to join us.Read more
A day of lounging today, listening to the Indian Ocean lap against the Sandy beach whilst peering out between the palm trees from the comfort of the sun lounger.
That lasted all of 5 minutes for me, then I found coverage of the British Lions v New Zealand rugby test match on the Tune in radio app on my phone which was great, apart from the loss!
Snorkelling straight off the beach was my afternoon activity and I was able to spot about 6 different species of fish in amongst the coral.
Tonight, after dinner we have a Cultural show to watch - if it's as good as the other entertainment we've had all week, we should be in for a good show!Read more
Today we took a day long tour visiting a volcanic crater (Trout aux Cerfs), the island's largest natural reservoir, the Shiva statue at the Grand Bassin, Alexandra waterfalls at the Black River Gorge (where we also came across a troop of Macaque monkeys), Chamarel's waterfall and seven coloured earth, and following a view of Morne Brabant and I'ile aux Benitiers in the south west corner we finished the day in the Botanical Gardens (Pamplemousses). We were happy to drive past the sugar plantation and rum distilleries having visited those during our Caribbean trips!Read more