04.08.2011 - 04.08.2011
Here we are, 500 miles due east of the island of Madagascar, on the French island of Réunion. There are high volcanic cliffs, a range of climates, an ethnically mixed population, and one of the most active volcanoes in the world (“Furnace Peak”.
Our first stop was at a vanilla plantation. These are vanillas pods.
We had an excellent guide and a driver who took us along the coast road and then into the mountains. The rainy start of the day meant a promise of spectacular waterfalls.
Happy Birthday, Valena! Kisses and hugs from Mör Mör and Opa!
The Cirque de Salazie was our destination. It is the largest of the island’s three crater amphitheaters and is lined with almost 100 waterfalls.
The town of Hellbourg is known as “the most beautiful French village” and has many colorful restored Creole huts.
Here’s one last view of the majestic misty mountains – before we set sail for three days, pitching and rolling in the South Indian Ocean and passing the southern tip of Madagascar on our way to South Africa.