Monthly Archive: May 2011

Mauritius and Réunion Island – It’s a love story! 1

Mauritius and Réunion Island – It’s a love story!

Two islands, both alike in dignity, in the Indian Ocean where we lay our scene… An analogy which is more cheesy than a Swiss fondue, perhaps, but it cannot be denied that the relationship between Mauritius and Réunion Island is a special one. Fortunately, it combines the romantic aspects of the above-referenced play without the strife, bloodshed, mutiny, teenage rebellion and cases of tragically mistaken death. Lying approximately two hundred kilometres apart, these two islands lie serenely in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Situated east of the coast of Africa and the large island of Madagascar, Mauritius and...






Mauritius – ideal for pensioners 0

Mauritius – ideal for pensioners

Cold climates do not really suit anybody, least of all people who are in the golden autumn of their lives. After years of hard work, they deserve the warm glow of luxury and relaxation and where better to enjoy it than on the tropical island of Mauritius? A number of people from Europe make Mauritius their winter home; when the weather gets too unpalatable in their native countries, they pack themselves off to the warmer climes of the island where they are always guaranteed a friendly welcome. The retired couples who regularly make trips to Mauritius usually find that they...






Mauritian stamps 2

Mauritian stamps

Mauritius holds the rare distinction of issuing the first stamps in any part of the British Empire outside of Great Britain itself. It was also the fifth country in the world to issue postage stamps at all, only seven years after the first stamps were issued in Britain in 1840. Three years after this Zürich and Brazil both issued their own stamps, followed by the United States of America and Mauritius in 1847. The most famous Mauritian stamps are also the rarest in the world and are known as the ‘post office’ Penny Red and two Penny Blue, so called...






As dead as a Dodo 0

As dead as a Dodo

‘As dead as a dodo’, ‘gone the way of the dodo’ or perhaps even the Dodo’s Caucus Race are all familiar references to this extinct, pedestrian bird. But how much of our knowledge about the dodo is substantiated fact and how much is pure mythology? The dodo certainly existed on its native island of Mauritius where it had evolved without predators to be a flightless, fruit eating creature. Due to the absence of any natural predatory threat it is likely that the dodo roamed the lush, tropical forests trustingly and was then an easy hunting target for hungry sailors and...