22 October 2010
Last night we had a great party on the quayside hosted by the Management of the Caudan Waterfront complex and the Mauritius Tourist Authority. The minister of tourism attended and gave a speech as well as the centre manager, Philippe D'Arifat. We were dubbed "lovers of the sea", and, in reference to the rally, I particularly liked the quote, "there comes a time when you have to stop talking about it and go for it". Everyone nodded in agreement. Free drinks for the evening were sponsored by local Rhumerie de Mascareignes and the adjoining hotel did the catering. Paul and Suzana were highly creative with the prizes, every boat receiving something. Voyageur received a prize for the blog..... again! I was disappointed not to win the "tatty World Arc flag" prize or the pole dancing prize, the latter which shall remain a strict no go area! One day I might confess! As always there were local musicians and dancers. The dancing girls made a colourful sight and it was interesting to note the similarity of costume with those of French Polynesia, the hibiscus flower tucked neatly behind the right ear. And now it is time for us to move on having had two wonderful weeks here. I cannot exactly say that they have been restful but they have been full of interest and fun. Our last evening we spent with John and Jenny at the Suffren Hotel for happy hour with dinner to follow. David and I have more than done justice to the hot and spicy dishes of the past weeks beginning with Bali and now here in Mauritius and are sooo looking forward to the French cuisine of La Reunion.