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  • Back in their island birthplace in 2012 to shape a more contemporary culture in the streets of the capital, Astrid Dalais and Guillaume Jauffret position their annual series of “Porlwi” festivals as a celebration of lively talents in the Indian Ocean. Astrid Dalais and Guillaume Jauffret admit that they “love Port Louis”, and because of this love, Porlwi (as...
  • ... of men and peoples, of their pride, aspirations and struggles in the striking Street Art paintings found all over the island. In the Bank of Mauritius car park in Port Louis, My Bastille by French artist Seth, speaks of freedom to bankers and, close by, Evan Sohun has painted scenes featuring financial wolves and dogs selling ice cream.   A Creole girl with a broken heart, a...
  • She knows how the nocturnal flowers move as they open at nightfall. She can predict rain in the quivering flowers, and loves the pale early morning hours, “when the colours are subdued. At that time, the garden does not dictate. Visitors can decide their own colours, thoughts, or nothing at all,” says Diane Koënig, who manages the gardens of the five Beachcomber resorts...
  • Festivities form part of tradition, meals and recipes as well.  With Christmas nearing, using a well-tried recipe is entrusting the success of these shared moments around a table to a flagship of gastronomy.  The Christmas Pudding is a must. As its name suggests, this Christmas pudding is a pudding-type dessert traditionally served on Christmas day in the United Kingdom, Ireland and...
  • Christmas native scenes or crèches, Christmas bauble, garlands. Christmas also rhymes with the decorations that set the mood ahead of December 25th.  If you wish to transform your home on this auspicious occasion, keep this organization in mind: Beautiful LocalHands. Supported by Beachcomber since 2006, Beautiful LocalHands consists of 60 artisans from vulnerable communities. By...
  • The horse races attracts over 20 000 people at the Champ de Mars every week. Ever since the first race day was organised on the 25th June 1812, horse racing has remained one of the most popular sports in Mauritius.      On that day, Maria Farquhar, wife of Sir Robert Farquhar, governor of Mauritius at the time, awarded a golden Cup to the owner of the winning horse of the...
  • Mauritius is the land of every colour under the sun – and not just in its landscape and its people but even in the eye-catching paintwork on many of the buses that operate in rural areas. They’ve even become part of local folklore, an artistic phenomenon full of references and flashes of humour. Bus individuels is how Mauritians refer to many of the buses that operate in rural...
  • Passionate about photography, Philip Lim is a true citizen of the world. Of Chinese origin, he was born in Mauritius and later travelled widely before settling in Quebec. Over the years, one of his main aims in life has remained constant – to find the next story he can encapsulate in a single photographic image.          Looking at Philip Lim’s...
  • French-born Eric Cuvillier can boast a series of accolades in his field and he travels the world photographing the most beautiful hotels while “experiencing the rewards of being exposed to a variety of cultures, people and countries”. Last year, for the Royal Palm’s 30th anniversary celebrations, he often added a humorous touch as he caught on camera some splendid images of...
  • There’s a very good reason behind the name of the point in Mahebourg. Pointe des Régates is where regattas have long been held. In Mauritius some nautical traditions have fortunately managed to resist the passage of time, not least races featuring fishermen’s sailing boats, the pirogues, which were first held some 140 years or so ago and have since become part of local...