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  • The national flag is a piece of fabric that bears the colors and symbols of a nation. The Mauritian flag is known as The Four Stripes. It comprises of four equal horizontal stripes: red, blue, yellow and green. Created by Gurudutt Moher 50 years ago, the national flag was adopted on March 12, 1968, the day Mauritius became an independent nation. Mauritians rally behind their national flag for...
  • Sailors on the route to India dreamed of putting in on the old Isle de France, not for its sugar but for its salt. In the hulls, the salted fish and other meat would feed them for their long sea voyages. Of these providential saltpans, only one remains: Yemen-Tamarin. A vital part of Mauritius heritage has been saved. Highly coveted by property developers, and an emblem of a fishing village...
  • 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...
  • Nature’s inventiveness has given this amazing tree a special place on Madagascar soils. There are six endemic species here, out of the eight known to exist. The giants of Morondava are famous the world over but other varieties are little-known, sometimes even secret, like the baobab citerne - the water-tank baobab - that attracted photographer Pierrot Men down to the deep...
  • In Le Chamarré, his restaurant in the heart of Paris, Antoine Heerah continues his journey, never forgetting his island birthplace. On the menu: generosity, and a festival of flavours, colours and cultures. Portrait of a passionate man. Over a savvy composition of the beautiful Obsiblue prawn, Bluefin tuna, salmon roe and finger lime, Antoine Heerah, owner and chef of the...
  • ... 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...
  • Cross the island and discover an extraordinary geography and history, just like its people, whose ancestors came, through free will or by force, from all over the world. Portrait of an “island world”. In Mauritius, the world opens out to us in immense morning skies. The lagoon shimmers in the morning light. Beyond the reef, the Indian Ocean regains its fathomless blue. In the...
  • 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...