“Bienvenue à l’île Maurice.” My taxi cab driver was pleasant, as he should be. I had just arrived in Mauritius at around 8 pm, and already I could smell the salt in the air and there was a quiet calm as the moon shone brightly in the night sky.
It’s odd arriving in a new country at night. I felt a tinge of nervousness thinking about landing in a completely foreign country; alone. I had looked up my hotel’s location on Google map’s, and the route displayed from the airport to the hotel was literally across the island country. All the same, it was a peaceful ride and I had a brief conversation with my driver – you know, the “So where are you from?” niceties.
I was surprised and encouraged to see well-paved highways and well-lit streets. Although it’s not new to see great development in an African country, I was still bracing for the worst…call it a travelers precaution. The quiet of the night was a mirage for what the morning in Quatre Bourne’s brings.
Opening my hotel room blinds from the 9th floor of my hotel room was quite a pleasant surprise. The hills surrounding the city looked majestic and taking a closer look in the distance I could view the sparkle of the Indian Ocean under the hot sun. It was exactly like the picture and exactly how I imagined an island nation would look like.
In all the excitement of being in Mauritius, there were so many activities to do, leaving me nervous about figuring the best way to see the island in a short period of time. Driving up the narrow streets, nestled amongst beautiful homes and small businesses while listening to some Major Lazor is what I imagine it must be like to tour European beach cities; except Mauritius is in Africa, so it was like our own French beach town. It is so peaceful and laidback, it makes you want to own a piece of that splendor.
Majority of national parks in Mauritius have free entry to the public (local and international). The highest point in the country (Piton de la Petite Riviere) gives an amazing view of the city enveloped between the hills and ocean, a gorgeous view.