Return to Mons

m_IMAG0041BEADuring the week of 7 July 2014 I was visiting Belgium. One of my appointments was to meet-up with a friend and colleague, Dave, from our illustrious past. We both served in the Royal Air Force and worked together in the Middle East (45 years ago) as well as in Belgium (42 years ago). In service life it is not that common that colleagues should be sent to the same place twice. (Click on photos to enlarge). Continue reading “Return to Mons”

Uncontrolled Development

Grand BaieRecently I decided to head to the North of the island. The purpose was to visit the Grand Baie area which I have not seen for a few years. My memories of Grand Baie and Pereybere date back to the 80’s. In those days the region had a charm and beautiful tranquil beaches. (Click on photo to view larger format). Continue reading “Uncontrolled Development”

Mahebourg Museum

Mahebourg Maritime MuseumVisited the Mahebourg museum. Surprised to discover so much history displayed in this 17th century French colonial mansion. Amazing collection especially the part about the maritime slave trade. You get the sense of the horror and cruelty of the slave trade when you see the drawings, paintings and documentation. Today’s descendants, “Creole Mauritians”, of the slave trade have no way of tracing their ancestors having lost their roots (nationality and original family names). In contrast the Indo-Mauritians can trace their family origins through the well documented, registered entries and photographs of their contract worker Indian ancestors who settled in Mauritius.

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Mauritius history of the Dodo

dodostampVisit the wonderfully made website containing historical and research information on the famous Mauritius Dodo bird. Website custodian Alan Grihault has made available a most informative and graphically pleasing website which answers many questions.