Farewell Reunion Island

On our last day on the island, we decided to do a tour of the waterfalls. As the island has a very rugged terrain, there are lots of them. We started out in the morning by meeting again my good friend Eddi and went on a long drive to get to the first waterfall.

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Next to the waterfall car park was a sugar cane plantation. As this island is tropical, they grow vast amounts of sugar cane.This is me climbing a sugar cane.

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I also also spotted a bird flying overhead, which Eddi told me was an eagle. image

We then moved on to a vanilla plantation. Did you know that vanilla is part of the orchid family? It originally grew only in Mexico but now it is produced in lots of countries. Only problem is, the bee that pollinates the flower still only lives in Mexico so each flower has to be pollinated by hand. That’s a lot of hard work. imageimage

After lunch we drove to our final waterfall of the day. This one is called “the brides veil” imageimageimage

Eddi then drove us back to our hotels. It was a long and tiring day, but a lovely end to our brief stay in Reunion.

We have now flown back to Mauritius.

La Reunion Island

First of all I’d like to say, thank you all for your lovely comments, I really look forward to reading them.

I have now changed to another island for a few days to continue my exploring. I am now on Reunion Island which is next to Mauritius.

I started off by trying this “selfie” thing on the balcony, not a bad first attempt.

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Today I went on a jeep ride to explore the island’s volcano and the South

Our driver was called Eddi. The main language spoken here is French or Créole which I’m really not very good at. Luckily Eddi can speak very good English.

We started by driving to the top of the volcano, where we learnt about volcanic eruptions.

On our drive back down the volcano we learnt about the local villages and many other interesting things.

Here we are on one of the beaches. This is me with Eddi.

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The beach we are standing on, didn’t exist until a few years ago as it was formed during an eruption in 1979.

A little further along the road we stopped at another area where more lava had flowed and created lava tubes that you can stand on (I’m enjoying doing selfies).

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I even managed to take a photo of the inside of a lava tube. I thought it would be all smooth and shiny, but as you can see it’s very rough.

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As we drove towards where we would be stopping for lunch, we drove through the “unique forrest” which had some very interesting fruit trees but I can’t remember the names of the fruit. Maybe you can find out what they are and remind me?

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Before we left to go back to the hotel, I managed to sneak into the drivers seat but my feet couldn’t reach the pedals.

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It’s been a very exciting day. I’ll be doing some more exploring over the next few days, and will let you know what I get upto.

Arrived at the airport

Well I arrived at Heathrow airport terminal 4. It’s a very big and busy place.

There were lots of check-in desks to choose from.

Check in desks

Check in desks

I didn’t know which one to go to so I checked the information boards.

Checking for desk No.

Checking for desk No.

After checking in, I went through to the departure lounge.

Terminal 4 departure lounge

Terminal 4 departure lounge

I then went to look at the planes through the window but couldn’t see the one I would be flying on.

Watching the planes

Watching the planes

So I moved to another window, and there it was. It’s the one with the red tail. Can you guess where I’m going?

My plane

My plane

It’s a long flight, so I will update you tomorrow.