Monday, 16 April 2018

Botanic Gardens in Mauritius πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ί

Lovely day out today with Susan and Paul. We caught a bus from the ship to the Botanic Garden at Pamplemoussees.
I was really looking forward to this visit as I wanted to see the enormous water lillies. 




The pond where they were growing was also huge and it was a glorious sight. 
The biggest crop in Mauritius is sugar cane and we also visited a sugar and rum museum. We learned all about how the canes are processed and they make 12 different kinds of sugar, some of which are sold in Harrods. We tried every single one ranging from a very basic pale brown to dark muscovado and molasses. 
After the sugar tasting we wandered over to the rum tasting and became good friends with the Iady pouring the measures. We tried eight different kinds, and once we had finished she would happily have started again at the beginning. 



Tempting though the idea was, we had to get the bus back to Port Louis. 
One final interesting fact about Mauritius - it was the home of the dodo. Although they have been extinct for hundreds of years, there are lots of statues, pictures and souvenirs as shown below, although most of them aren't quite so well dressed as this particular one. 




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