I read that avid traveler Mark Twain once said, “Mauritius was made first then heaven; heaven being copied after Mauritius.” The next day in Chicago I found Thomas Cook’s Mauritius in a used book store. Now I must go to this speck in the Indian Ocean with the
world’s third largest coral reef.
Mauritius is among the most densely populated places on the planet with more than a million inhabitants, half of them Indian Hindus. There’s a strong French colonial influence.
What is the 2nd most common beverage consumed worldwide? According to Cook it’s tea. #1 is, of course, water. There are 3 tea plantations on Mauritius like La Flora. Cook compares vanilla, a member of the orchid family, to Viagra.
The long extinct dodo bird is Mauritius’ national emblem and a national obsession.