Harnessing the wind at St-Gilles-les-Bains.
Acrobatic silhouette at Boucan-canot.
We didn't go in the sea at all while vacationing in Reunion Island since the lagoon in Mayotte is supposed to be prettier, but maybe Julien will have to go back with his surfboard.
|La Marché de St-Paul|
Every Friday, there is a wonderful market in St-Paul. I wanted to buy-buy-buy when I saw all these veggies and fruits for reasonable prices.
I have never eaten so many litchis in my life as I ate on this holiday. Before going to La Réunion, I thought them a so-so fruit, and then I got them fresh from the tree...
Yum, yum, yum.
After going to the market in St-Paul, we spent a lovely day in Entre-Deux with generous, warm-hearted Réunoinais folks.
|Abandoned Creole home||Houses in Entre-Deux|
Hervé and Ti Claude. We were invited to a cookout in Entre-Deux by a friend of H&C. Before going to eat, he took us to this farm, where a generous family gave us sacks full of
litchis and showed us around their amazing property. The Reunionais know the meaning of hospitality.
|Golden Turtlebug of Good Fortune|
The elderly farmer lady told me that if this bug lands on you, it brings you good fortune.
The Réunionais adore orchids, and because of their climate, they get to plant them in their gardens as well as fill their homes and hothouses with them.
|Cascade close-up||Cloudy peaks|
|Hill full of falls|
Too bad the sun was in our eyes. Very difficult to get a good photo under those conditions. You can just make out all the waterfalls beneath the clouds.
|Piton des Neiges|
Yes, supposedly they have had snow on this peak before.
|Cirque de Salazie|
View of the western rim from Hell-Bourg. Salazie gets its name from the Malagasy word, "salaozy," which means
|Plateau de Belouve|
We were supposed to climb this, but because of the clouds, we were afraid of not having a good view once we got to the top. We decided to hike to the Rivière du Mât instead.
Charming home in Hell-Bourg, a town named after the same admiral who gave his name to Hell-ville in Madagascar.
I don't know about you, but this scene makes me think of Japan with those great tufts of bamboo in the background and the vaguely pagoda-esque shape of the roof.
|Rivière du Mât|
My, that water is refreshing _and_ tasty. It was *hot* and J forgot the sunscreen back at the car. I was already sick at the time and the sunstroke didn't help things.
A quick scrub in one of the falls feeding the Rivière du Mât. They had to take another back at the house of Ti Claude's parents though. Hiking back to Hell-Bourg was hot business.
|No clouds in the afternoon|
I guess we could have gone to the top after all, but out-of-shape me is kind of glad we didn't. :P
|Chez Ti Claude's parents||Merle|
A talking bird. He had the coolest eyes, but it was hard to get a picture of them through the bars of his cage. :(
|Papyrus at sunset|| |