Sitting on the beach in the warm afternoon Autumn sun, watching the people, the iconic Indiana Tea House below.
A man with a walking stick went swimming….one hand on his stick, the other on the shoulder of his partner….floating free…..
Last morning at the beach….finally figured out what the red and green flags on the sun shades are for (I thought they were just elaborate nautical decorations)…..
Apparently raising the green flag signals the bar staff that you would like service and raising the red flag means that you don’t want to be disturbed by anyone!
I only found this out on the last day when one of our kids was playing with the flags…..he raised the green flag then went off to swim in the pool…..the bar man was a little disappointed when I explained the accidental hoisting of the flag! But we did raise the green flag later on to have chips by the sea!
Then down the coast a little to “Balaclava” beach which was mostly enjoyed by only locals with nice snorkel depth coral off the beach (plus a selection of gods/goddess statues and other religious items in the shallow water – some what unexpected!). Local families gathered with tents and tarpaulins rigged by rope across the trees, pots and pans, gas stoves, plastic jerry cans of water, fresh fruit. Music pumping from large stereos, mostly a Mauritian music called “Sega” – a mixture of reggae and African rhythms originally developed in the slaving era ….Depending on the song people joined in singing with some playing “ravanne” (type of drum shaped like a large tambourine) they had brought along…. wonderful…..all part of the atmosphere of Mauritius….we were only there in the day time…..I imagine it’s really party time later in the evening.
Stopped at a “rummery” on the way back….Lots of different types of sugar to taste from molasses to refined and even raw sugar cane (quite pleasantly sweet and chewy).