The Flic en Flac Festival

On Sunday, after a swim in the sea and a chill on the beach, we headed back to the apartment to go and check the Flic en Flac festival. As we reached the turn we came to a halt due to the incredible amount of traffic trying to get into Flic en Flac, we sat in the hot car and waited and edged forward slowly but surely. Most roads had been blocked off so all traffic was being diverted through the side roads where people were also parking and hundreds of people were walking. It took us a 1 hour to do 4.5km to our apartment. Once we got back we heard the people gathering on the coastal road ready for the parade. A quick shower, quick change of clothes and we were ready to walk the streets of the Flic en Flac Festival.

We walked, without even realizing how far we had actually gone. The streets were packed, people were crammed onto balconies of the apartments that lined the streets, teens were sitting on top of bus stops, whilst the kiddies were placed safely on their daddies shoulders. People were walking, drinking, smoking, dancing, eating, laughing, wearing wigs and masks. The air was full of celebration.

The Flic en Flac festival is to boast tourism and the country of Mauritius. There were floats of all sorts that came down the road, generally followed by a band or dancers. The parade opened up with Brazilian dancers that had specially been flown in from Brazil. The costumes were unbelievable-for a moment we could have been at the Rio Carnival.  We also saw Miss Mauritius, Miss Reunion, Miss England and Miss UK, each on their own float. There were a few Disney floats, with people dressed as characters. There was fire breathing, Sega Dancing, Marching bands and crazy costumes. Some floats were sponsored by a Hotel, Restaurant or Club.  Each float was themed: Pirates, Princesses, Under the Sea, Africa, Design, Parisian, Chinese, Mauritian. Most floats had a bunch of balloons attached to them in the Mauritian colours.

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A helicopter was circling and filming the event and everyone on the street was waving. The vibe was so festive and exciting and you could almost feel it running through your body. It was so awesome and something we’d never quite seen before.

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Before we knew it the festival was over, they ended it with Brazilian dancers strutting their stuff done the street. The people started to disperse but the party wasn’t over. People were partying in the streets, on the beach and in the restaurants and bars along the road.

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We walked to the beach, and since it was my birthday, my grandmother had wrapped up some Christmas cake and a candle for us to celebrate as how can you have a birthday without birthday cake. So we sat on the beach, lit the candle, blew it out, sang happy birthday and ate the cake whilst watching the sunset.

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The first few days!

Right, lets get everyone up to speed on our first few days of the Mauritian Expedition.

Saying goodbye to everyone was very hard- we had tears in our eyes right up until the food was served on the plane (we not had something to distracts us).

While eating my chicken and veg, served with bread rolls, salad, crackers and eclairs – I watched “The Descendants”, lovely movie, sad but lovely

We came in over the west coast (our new home) where we could see the colourful bays and greenery of the mountains but then as we reached the centre of the island-straight into thick cloud, all the way up until the last few seconds before landing. Having been to Mauritius a few times, the landings are always so intense, shorts and forceful. The pilots slam the brakes as if they plan on doing a hand brake turn.

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We got to passport control and the man behind the counter wasnt too sure of us, after giving us a little bit of a hard time (story for another day) we went through to collect our suit cases and find our rental car. When we walked out the airport building, there were 2 men, one young, one old, holding a sign for us. Both were wearing jerseys and jackets, so I had to ask, “Are you cold? And the answer I got was “YES!” It was humid and roughly 20 degrees but I guess for Mauritians they are used to the heat and this is there winter. We followed them to the car, a very sweet, postman pat like, red, Hyundai i10. after signing away and manoevering the cases and ourselves into the car, we set off on our ±45 min drive to Flic en Flac.

We arrived at our new home welcomed by our land lord Mr Dove. Fabulous man! and we helped us up to the apartment. Not long after the estate agent arrived to do an inventory. Once that was done and everyone had left we unpacked and were now able to unwind. We knew there wouldnt be food so we packed some 3 in 1 coffee sachets (coffee, sugar, creamer), chocolate and ostrich biltong. We decided to go out and get a pizza from the Debonairs up the road, when we realised that our sliding door to our balcony didnt lock. Being the paranoid South Africans we are, even on the 3rd floor, we were worried so we locked our bedroom door and took the keys and off we went to buy some chow.

With our chicken and mushroom pizza and 2litre coke we were happy chappies until we got to the apartment and couldnt unlock our bedroom door!! Instant panic! There was nothing we would do. so we decided to sleep in the other room and sort it out in the morning. We woke up and had to put on our same smelly clothes from the day before so we could go and find some WD-40. We found some in this strange little hardware store on the main road and rushed back to try it. Needless to say, a can of WD-40 later, we still could not open the door. The search to find a locksmith started, went to a few different places, no such luck. Last resort-call Mr Dove! Problem was, both our phones had gone dead as the chargers were locked in the room. So we walked to the nearest pay phone which isnt really that near. We managed to get a few seconds to tell Mr Dove the problem and then the phone stole all our money. We then decided to go to the Internet cafe and ask if we could use a phone. The kind owner allowed us to use his office to make the call and didnt charge us. Really genuine guy! So Mr Dove was sending us help!!! YAY! 

 A few hours later, his nephew arrived with a bag of tools and his son. The two of them also tried and tried and eventually the only solution was to break it open! So they did! Happiness filled my heart at that point!!! And once they left we went for a relaxing walk along the beach to watch the sun set!  Phew!

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Beautiful pic taken by Mike

You’ll be happy to know now,  both doors are fixed. Mr Dove bought a very skilled young carpenter to fix the door, he did an amazing job. And his nephew came to fix our sliding door! Thank you!

We have gone for morning runs/walks along the beach and have been exploring the supermarkets to find the best deals close by. And we finally bought beach towels so we can have a swim in the sea.

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Our friend who run/walked with us for about 3 kms.

Everyday is new and exciting! 

Especially the last few!  

Check out the sunset pics on the sunrise & sunset page!

Sunset Cafe

If you’re in the North and looking to enjoy a drink, snack or ice-cream, whilst overlooking the sea, the Sunset Cafe is just perfect.

Nestled on the Sunset Boulevard in Grand Baie. For such a little place they like to serve big beer, big ice-cream, big food. Lovely to have a drink and watch the sun set over the bay. They also have TV’s that air the English Premier League football- which makes this place rather popular for the locals that work near by.