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  • Initially a challenge, the idea of hosting the first Picasso exhibition in the Indian Ocean has at last come to fruition in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius. This is how this extraordinary adventure came about. Life is sometimes full of surprising comings and goings, which can swing the life balance one way or another. Nothing prepared Steve Sowamy, a renowned Mauritian art dealer...
  • There will come a time when we must salute and honour those brigands, those buccaneers, those traffickers who risked their lives crossing the seas and braving the hurricanes to bring us a marvellous array of spices, of citrus and other exotic fruits. One such was the pineapple. Let’s be clear: if we had sat around doing nothing, our dinner plates would be unappetising and our health...
  • The dragon dance forms part of the tradition of the Chinese New Year, the first day of the first month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. It indicates the beginning of the Spring Festival, which lasts fifteen days and ends with the Lanterns Festival. This folkloric dragon dance, which means  « run or dance with the dragon-lantern in hands », dates back to the Ming dynasty...
  • Julien Clerc, an iconic French singer, on tour in the Indian Ocean to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his career, stopped off in Mauritius. We met at the Trou aux Biches Beachcomber, where he was staying with his family. At the age of seventy-one with millions of records sold, thirty albums made and appearances at all the world’s major venues, Julien Leclerc is an exceptional...
  • The Hindu temple Shri Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen, also known as the Kaylasson Temple, is the most important Tamil place of worship of Mauritius. Situated at Sainte-Croix, its splendid traditional architecture, with a Dravidian style from the south of India, rises in the sky of this northern suburb of Port-Louis. The construction of this architectural marvel began in 1854 on the land...
  • A recipe is an open book where you can read between the lines. And so it is with this pan-fried red snapper and prawns’ tails with cumin. Behind this dish hides its author, chef Nived Puresh, a Mauritian through and through, striding along the beaches of his childhood, admiring the waves and colluding with the fishermen. All that reverberates in his recipe for red...
  • In each of his novels, the writer plunges his everyday heroes into the whirlwinds of Mauritian history. Intense cyclone Carol, which devastated the island on 28 February 1960, was the worst in living memory in Mauritius. The country found it hard to recover, particularly because a less powerful storm had already hit one month earlier. This was the year – 1960 – that gave its name...
  • The minuscule sandbank of Tromelin, one of the rare relics of the French colonial empire, didn’t exist until 1763, when the contemporaries of Voltaire and Rousseau heard about the adventures of sailors who had survived one of the most high-profile shipwrecks in history. And the ordeal of the slaves they abandoned. One French sailor sought justice for them through four archaeological...
  • Eliot, Delphine, Arthur… These are the names given to a pod living off the coast of Mauritius by the oceanographer François Sarano, to “respect” the humanity he sees in them. You have to sail right out to sea, beyond the barrier reef. Sometimes you wait for hours. Then you scrutinise the dark surface of the water to make out the foaming spray of the giants. Sounding...
  • The legendary South African musician, Johhny Clegg stayed at Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa during his visit to Mauritius in October 2018 for his first concert on the island in over three decades. Nicknamed the White Zulu, Johnny Clegg returned to Mauritius for a concert on Saturday 13 October 2018. Thirty-one years after his first and only live performance on the island, he only...