Welcome to Mauritius!
If you’re the type who snaps a photo every 5 seconds whilst on holiday you might find yourself enduring a mild panic post-trip when you look at your frame count. That was me post-6 days in Mauritius! The trip, courtesy of Attitude Hotels, brought me to a meaty 2,000 photos although that’s nothing compared to my travel buddy Carrie’s 5k, but still quite considerable none the less. I’m pleased to say that my eyes couldn’t have seen any more things, my body not able to fit in one more activity and as a result, I have ALL OF THE PHOTOS. So sorry to me for giving myself so much to trawl through and sorry to you for taking so long to post on my trip of a lifetime, but hell it was WORTH THE WAIT!
Where better to start my Mauritius series than the capital? Come and take a tour with my travel group and I!
What I wore in Port Louis:
Porlwi street art
Look up as you walk around the city and you should be able to tick off many of the Porlwi (how Port Louis sounds when you pronounce it in French) contemporary culture festival street art paintings. The festival occurs every year in December and encompasses light, music, art, gourmet food and culture celebrations. Sadly we missed it but if you can coincide your holiday with it then HAVE FUN because it looked lots of fun.
Port Louis market & China Town
One of the first places we visited in the capital was the 24-hour Port Louis old covered markets. Split in two parts by the main road, one side houses meat and fish (hold your nose!) and the other fruits, vegetables and artisanal crafts upstairs. It’s the best way to throw yourself into the life of a local. Pick up a couple of christophines to cook up for dinner (they’re a vegetable that tastes like potato) and an Alouda milk and tapioca drink to go.
China Town is the place to go if you’re on the hunt for colourful walls. It was also here that we had lunch in a totally inconspicuous front room, crammed-in on plastic chairs. Needless to say, it was all delicious!
Port Louis Photography Museum
The family-run photography museum is an absolute must-visit for anyone. Photographer and owner Mr Breville has been running the archive since the 1960s and he and his family are completely and utterly dedicated to ensuring they preserve the memories of Mauritius for everyone. Threatened to be shut down every year by the authorities, the family are passionate in educating each guest about the importance of protecting the huge range of film and camera equipment, machinery and imagery.
From walls of ancient copper-plate portraiture (that took a month to develop), to letter presses and huge old camera boxes that you can shoot your digital camera through for a retro-effect, there’s so much here to open your eyes to. Tell them you’re from England and they may just show you their photo album of Queen Elizabeth’s 1972 trip to Mauritius that they saved from a skip!
Psst – I was delighted to hear that Attitude Hotels (where we stayed) help keep the museum open through generous funding. Nice one!
After a beer at brew-lovers paradise, Lambic Bar, we set off for the city’s citadel, Fort Adelaide which is set 100m above the city. Seeing the view over the port and the majority of the capital at golden hour was an absolute highlight – made even more incredible from the top of our minibus! Tip – access to the fort itself is sometimes stopped from 5pm but parking outside it is more than enough of a treat for the eyes.
Thank you so much to Attitude Hotels for hosting us in your beautiful country.