Lets go for a drive…

In the last week, we’ve scoped out the shopping malls and checked out the best supermarkets. Today we decided to take a drive towards the south on the coastal road to see what there was to be seen. And mainly to go check out the crystal clear waters of Le Morne.

Sky was clear, sun was shining an off we went. Once we got past Tamarin, Black River’s vegetation has many similarities to South African Bos Veld. I can see why so many South Africans live in this region as it does kind of feel like home. A home comfort in a way.

We carried on south until we turned down to Le Morne. Some of the island best hotels are situated in Le Morne. A beautiful odd shaped mountain (looks like a massive rock) overlooks the turquoise bays of Le Morne.

We stopped at the public beach, so quiet and isolated, so untouched. Unreal. Never have I seen such clear water.

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We carried on around the corner to find what Le Morne is famous for. KITE SURFERS!!! So awesome, need to try it. I’m sure it’s a whole lot harder than it looks but why not give it a shot.

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From there, were headed back the way we came and took the turn to Chamarel to stop at the viewpoint on the mountain. We were so lucky, the day was just glorious and so was the view, we carried on further along the mountain, past the Rhumerie until we reached the Black River Gorge National Park. We pulled over and took a walk to the viewpoint, and what a view it is. Just stunning.

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We walked back to the car and across the road was a stand selling fresh sugar cane juice. After seeing it being made on Masterchef South Africa I was curious to try it. 50 Rupees later we had a cup of sugar cane juice and a piece of sugar cane each to chew on. Loved chewing on the sugar cane. The man who sold us the juice couldn’t speak English but was trying to tell us something. Possibly – “chewing sugar cane is like brushing your teeth”or “chewing sugar cane is good for your teeth”. I would think quite the opposite but hey who knows. The juice, hhhmmmm, not too sure about it. Was kind of brown in colour with a white froth, looked as if I was drinking an iced coffee. VERY sweet but that’s a given. I think I need to try it again to make up my mind.

From there we got a little lost in a forest, found our way out and back the way we came.  It’s truly a beautiful part of the island and something everyone should do.

The beauty on the island kind of makes up for the extremely scary drivers on the road! The locals like to take risks and one would think being South African you would be able to handle almost anything- not this.

Mike said, “People say we need to adapt, I’m cool to adapt but does this also mean I must drive like a crazy and not give a damn?”

 

Rhumerie de Chamarel

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Every tourist should make a mission to visit the Rhumerie de Chamarel. Placed in a beautiful location amongst the mountains and lush green vegetation. Its a mauritian gem. Would be a stunning venue for any occasion-especially a wedding. As you enter, you are welcomed with a friendly smile and escorted through the lovely landscaped entrance to the rhumerie and restaurant.

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The Rhumerie itself is just gorgeous with lovely decor contain photographs of the sugar cane and the workers. It really portrays a great sense of integrity and authenticity.

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Do the tour-enjoy the tasting and afterwards have a seat at L’Alchimiste –  the restaurant at the Rhumerie. Also beautiful decorated and a lovely atmosphere. If you’re having a seat to enjoy a drink- hungry or not – I highly recommend having lunch. The elegant and flavourful cuisine is just heavenly. You can taste every ounce of freshness in the produce and the presentation is a work of art that you’ll feel guilty to eat it. We had a fabulous waiter-Jason if I’m correct who gave us great service! ImageImageImage

Possibly the best piece of fish I have ever eaten. It was the perfect portion, I didn’t feel heavy and uncomfortable, I felt ultimate satisfaction. Absolutely Delicious. High five to the Chef! The meal was so superb! Dessert was fantastic-packed full of flavour!

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Food – Superb

Atmosphere – Peaceful

Service – out of this world!

Heavenly!!!

10/10

http://www.rhumeriedechamarel.com