I’m participating in the #AtoZBloggingChallenge 2016 with the theme – Pins on the Map of my Memory – which is about places that bear a special connection with me for reasons mostly personal!
F for Flic en Flac
A tropical paradise in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius revels the eye in more ways than one. The country is a vibrant mix of African, Indian, French and Chinese cultures and all around one finds endless sugarcane plantations, dramatic mountains that spring up from nowhere and pristine white beaches that overlook the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
Two days after we landed in the beautiful island, we decided to drive down to explore the nearest beach from our home in Rose Hill. The road downhill took us past rows of houses and bungalows and then further beyond, through sugarcane fields along a 3 km straight road at the bottom of which was Flic en Flac, a busy holiday village with a gorgeous stretch of white sun-kissed beach .
From Flic en Flac, the coastline runs right down to the Morne Brabant peninsula on the south-west. The public beach wíth its’ white sweep of coral sand happens to be one of the longest and loveliest on the island. Not just that, it also has a lagoon, protected by coral reefs, that is also warm and safe for swimming. One is literally spoilt for choice between choosing to put one’s feet up to relax on the white sun-kissed sands or having a picnic beneath the shade of the tall casuarina trees.
During weekdays, the head count is usually far less. Since we visited on a Saturday, we found the beach teeming with people. They were mostly locals, who seemed to have let their hair down in true Mauritian spirit, enjoying a leisurely stroll, or dancing to the drumbeats of the Creole Sega. The beach was packed with a number of large families with children who played with a beach ball by the shore. It seemed more like a picnic venue with food and drinks being served as we lapped up the music from a distance – the foot tapping numbers of the Sega, so reminiscent of the Caribbean calypso carried along by the gentle breeze.
When you see people having so much fun and enjoying themselves, it can get contagious. After grabbing a quick bite at the nearby restaurant, we left the beach as it started to get hotter. On the way back, we reminisced about the strange turn of events over the past couple of weeks that had brought us to the island. The trip itself was a dream come true enamoured as we were, by the sheer beauty of the island, that was to be our home for the next two years.
So much to explore…this was just the beginning!