I like to have a mix of culture and relaxation when I take longer trips. I normally go to Europe for 4 or 5 days and I end up running around the entire time. 10 days of running around is just too much for me. So I decided to head to Mauritius for some relaxation after the cultural portion of my trip.
Mauritius is a island in the Indian Ocean, located off the east coast of Madagascar.
Why would an American from Chicago go to Mauritius for holiday? Simple, there was a direct flight from Johannesburg and a Hilton. I could not have asked for a better location.
The Hilton Mauritius in Flic En Flac was amazing!! It was exactly what I needed. I was able to relax, in fact I did not touch my laptop for the 5 days I was there. My room was located right near the ocean. When I checked in I was told I was upgraded to an oceanfront room. Well I went to check out my view, it was ocean alright, with a side of nude sunbathers. Turns out, the beach is not nude, just these 2 older women decided it was for them. Lucky for me they moved the next day.
I had one activity free day, so I parked myself at the adult only infinity pool. It was amazing. The best part? The hotel staff made sure it stayed adult only.
I had signed up to walk with Lions over at Casela Park. It sounds scary then it was. The only problem? Apparently I am allergic to lions. I was also able to have an interaction with some cheetahs, more like I posed for pictures and they just laid there. But it was a great place to spend a day while on holiday.
I also did a city tour of Port Louis and learned a bit about the Mauritian history. The tour included some shopping near the waterfront. It was raining so hard, I am pretty sure it was upside down at one point, so I have minimal photos. Normally I try to find some fun local items to purchase, but the only purchase that day was a umbrella.
I had a memorable time in Mauritius. I made several new friends, in true Flo fashion. But then I had to begin my 36 hour trek home…… Mauritius to Johannesburg to Munich to Toronto to Chicago.
I would definitely go back, because I just realized I can do a different routing, like go through Paris or Frankfurt. As you can probably already tell, I had a great time just relaxing, hence the short blog posts.
But don’t worry more adventures await! Upcoming trips include, Paris, Dallas, London and Australia………….