Friday, April 3, Day 60 - Seychelles to Mauritius - The Oberoi Mauritius Resort
Allen, our taxi driver and guide on Tuesday is due to pick us up at 7AM. Never sleeping well when we have an early morning flight to catch, we have no trouble being out of the room and are waiting for him when he arrives. This is Good Friday and an island holiday, our drive to the airport is to take 20 minutes but takes all of 25 minutes. even with a couple of fast photo stops in Victoria that we didn't get because of the rain yesterday.
We are very surprised to learn that 50% of the population is of Indian origin and Hindu is the predominate religion, about 30% are Christian, around 10% are Muslims, with various other groups making up the rest.
Our driver has an itinerary Carolyn had sent in and we head out to follow it as time allows since we are running late at this point. Our driver insists on showing us a Hindu holy pilgrimage site, the Grand Basin, with 108' tall statues of two gods. Bizarre and strange! He is very proud of this area and feeds us a good bit of information.
a popular, deeply forested wilderness area with waterfalls and hiking trails and on to our restaurant lunch stop at La Varangue sur Morne. This is not the restaurant Carolyn had picked, but it has a great view and the food is very good. She had wanted to stop at La Charrael, but they were not open late enough for our lunch schedule. The Oberoi made reservations here for us and it is a great choice: Tuna tartar for Dick and a hearts of palm salad for Carolyn, a nice, local, grilled fish dish special and a trio of homemade ice creams for both of us. This, aided by excellent mid-afternoon cocktails and all is good.