The Marvel of Mauritius

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.

MUST go.

Hank

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About roadsrus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road is...today's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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