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Ile Maurice

Since long time I wanted to write something on Mauritius...Yes...its one of the most beautiful place I have ever visited..But i don't think I'll do it any credit due to the briefness of my visit there. So, who better can tell about Mauritius than my wife Devina. After all, she was born there & spent the first 25 years of her life in what we call as "Paradise on Earth".
Unfortunately currently I have very few (digital) photos of Mauritius...click on photo to view album.I am eagerly waiting for next vacation to Mauritius this year, during september. Its my father (in-law) 's 60th B'day...We are planning to have a blast.
 
Over to Devina...

Mauritius

 For those who don't know, Mauritius, also known as "Ile Maurice" is an island nation off the coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean. The island is well known for its natural beauty. To quote Author Mark Twain, in "Following the Equator", his personal travelogue, "You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius". Indeed, the beauty of the landscape is such that one will believe he is in Heaven. One of the most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world, it enchants and compels tourists to travel with its amazing beauty and serenity. The sandy beaches & blue lagoons are relished by tourists & locals for water sports, picnics & sunbathing. The natural gorges,national parks & other sightseeing attractions are never exhausted...Being a tropical country, people are able to enjoy its beauty throughout the year.

The majestic Indian Ocean with warm tropical water, the magnificent mountains with unusual peaks, sprawling plantation of sugarcane, the lush green vegetation, tempting beaches with coral reefs, fascinating waterfalls, gorgeous gardens with tropical flowers all make Mauritius a tropical paradise. Just remembering the beauty of the island is making me homesick... I'm fortunate that I'll be going there shortly for a long trip...and more impatient than me is Deb, who can't wait to go back to the place where he took his vows four years ago, and refresh his memories of that place, as well as create new memories.

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Mauritius is one of the rare authentically cosmopolitan societies. Where else could so many towns and villages boast of a catholic church, a Muslim mosque, and a Hindu temple within walking distance from each other? And if you are lucky, you might even find a Chinese pagoda in the vicinity! Languages also vary. For instance, official language and the language taught at school is English while the french language dominates the public life. The colloquial language which is spoken by everyone is Creole. But you should not be surprised if you hear some people speaking Indian languages such as Bhojpuri, tamil telugu, the Chinese Canton and the Arabian dialects.


But one aspect of the culture which is most invigorating is the Sega culture. The sega songs & dance dating from the slavery time is today the music and dance which is never missed on any feast. The new séga songs are listened by all age-groups, in which the texts and specially the dance are very erotic. Séga evenings where you can learn the dance are offered by all hotels; often with campfire at the beach. This music which you are hearing right now is the Sega song...and I'm sure that you wished you knew how to swing to these tunes!!!
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