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Mauritius – Vanilla Scented Island

Mauritius, the pure blue waters combines with the irresistible vanilla scent here. This land is one of the most preferred destinations for honeymoon.

After collaborations with Ministry of Tourism of Turkey and Turkish Airlines, this romantic country Mauritius became very popular for the travelers who love to explore exotic lands. The reputation with this romance of powder feel sands, endless blue waters and peaceful and stimulating scent of vanilla is attracting honeymoon travelers mostly. For me, honeymoon can be anywhere with the love of your life but Mauritius is offering more than a 10 days romance. Following the Instagram page of very dear local travel agency Coquille Bonheur is always posting exciting captures from home. You can smell the beautiful combination of “rougaille”s, “biryani”s, “boulette”s and “baugette”s, or you can enjoy and explore the nature and history while staying at eco-friendly hotels.

The beautiful volcanic island, in the middle of Indian ocean, 2000 kms away from Africa continent is including more than 100 resorts titled as “the most beautiful” of the world! Protected by a large coral reef, the island has been a destination for sailors throughout history. Arab sailors, Portuguese, then the Dutch and then French and English people came to the island. When French started the sugar cane plantation, they brought people from Africa to work here. Later, when British took government they brought Indians. This is how the culture mosaic started to form. The nice part is today, this diversity doesn’t cause segregation, it creates a Mauritian identity after decades. Regardless of whether you are African, European or Asian on the island today, everyone says “I’m from Mauritius”.

Therefore we call this island peace and forbearance. The common charming feature of many islands, safety, is also in the foreground in Mauritius for every age group. In crowded areas, such as the capital city Port Louis, you can see countless worship centers of different religions side by side. The actual truth is, the palm tree and outdoor vacation lovers like me should definitely visit and enjoy the beauty and culture of lovely Mauritius. What To Taste? - Vanilla Tea - Phoenix Beer - Rum (Billions thanks to the sugar cane plantation workers) - French Baugettes - Muslin Biryanis - Rougaille (tomato sauce) - Chinese Boulettes (dumplings) - Napolitaines (short beard cookies with jam) - Mauritian Jams (banana, passion fruit, pineapple, guava suggested) - Peakles - Gateaux Piment (Chilli fritters) - Dhal Puri (Indian flat bread) - Bol renverse (upside down bowl) - Mauritian Cari (curry) - Pineapple & Chilli salt What To Buy? - Wicker products, especially bags ( as our favorite summer outfit piece) - Rum (Chamarel suggested) - Vanilla Tea - Little Spicy Peakles (can be found at markets) - The Ravanne (musical instrument) - Alamanda (Floral necklaces, the symbol of island) - Art Pieces (preferably paintings) - Dodo Souvenirs - Sarongs or Pareos and scarves - Impossible bottles or model ships (as a memory of numerous sailors) - Sega Dance Clothes (Sega dance is a the dance with the combination of African and Creole rhythms) Where To Visit? - Chateau Labourdonnais, 1861, including Rum distiller in the garden - Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan Botanical Garden - Eureka ‘La Maison Creole’ Restaurant & Museum House from 1800’s - Grand Bassin, Lake accepted as sacred by Hindu community. Every February Maha Shivaratri Festival is hosting thousands of people at this lake around of a huge Statue of God Shiva. - Chamarel, Soil and Waterfall where 7 different colors can be seen (All pictures taken from Coquille Bonheur instagram page. Click here to visit. )

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