So I somehow managed to land in Mauritius in one piece (you wouldn't believe the day I had before), and the next day we set off to a mini adventure to the L'adventure du Sucre in Pamplemousses, with a pit stop in an old fort. We set off in a hired bus that the local women's society had hired. Forgot to take a picture but think old Tata buses that used to be in India, well Mauritius bought a whole loads of those rejects!
We stopped off at Fort Adelaide (known locally as Citadelle). It was a steep climb for the bus to get there, but luckily me and Nigar were sat near the emergency exit and we were ready jump out should we need to.
It was an overcast day, and by the time we climbed the top the clouds decided to bless us with the rain.
We took some outfit photos and climbed up.
We set off from there and carried on to the next stop which was L'adventure du Sucre (Sugar Adventure) in Pamplemousses.This is a quaint ex sugar cane factory which has been converted into a museum, gallery, gift shop and restaurant. I had been once as a small child. It's an enjoyable short trip, and is a self guided tour which typically takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. Scattered along the tour is a little history of Mauritius along with how sugar cane plantations used to be the driving force for our tiny little island.
I love the gift shop, and spent most of my time here instead of the actual museum. I loved that you could buy much more than sugar in the gift shop and innovative ways of incorporating sugar into gifts were thought of. Being the stingy Mauritians we are, we obviously didn't buy anything.
You can even taste various type of sugars, from actually chewing on pieces of sugar cane, to white sugar, brown sugar, and molasses among others. The gifts were creative and reasonably priced. The museum is well organised and the staff friendly.
Address: Port Louis
How to get there: Tour bus or taxi. You could climb it.
Entrance fee: Free
Well worth going up en route to something else, as it doesn't take long to visit. The views are lovely and there are a few shops inside, plus a restaurant.
L'adventure du Sucre
How to get there: Drive, taxi, or tour bus, or local bus to the main road and then walk.
Entrance fee: More expensive for tourists, cheaper rates for locals. Student discount available with student ID.
A nice afternoon out om the way to the beach or similar. A great place to go to when it's raining. We went off to the beach after and lazed away the whole afternoon basking under the sun.
Been to either of these places? Want to go to any? What's your favourite activity to do while on holiday?