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Monday, November 8, 1999
Port Louis, Mauritius
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Port Louis, Mauritius:
Latitude: 20° 9' 0" South
Longitude: 57° 29' 0" East
Altitude: 78 feet
From Seattle: 13101 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Le Saint Georges Hotel

Today's Travel:
Country: Mauritius
Region: Island
Route: Taxi: Port Louis - Floreal - Port Louis
Start: Port Louis, Mauritius
Stop 1. Floreal
End:Port Louis, Mauritius
Linear:24 miles
Weather: Partial Sunny

Available Photos:

The burned out Port Louis Central Market Port Louis, Mauritius

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 942
Linear Dist: 187624
Countries Visited: 62
Regions Visited: 245
More stats...
Hotels: 294
Friends / Family: 231
Camping: 120
Hostels: 220
Transit: 63
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3368

Journal Entry:
Ended up with nearly 10 solid hours of sleep! When I got up I walked to the waterfront to get some brunch. The waterfront is a newer shopping complex very reminiscent of the V & A Waterfront complex in Cape Town. Had mediocre pizza. Caught a taxi to Floreal (about half way back to the airport on the other side of the island) to the Madagascar embassy. Filled out the forms, paid the 625 Rupees (~$25), and handed over my passport and four photos (which thankfully I'd gotten from a machine while waiting at Heathrow).

Back in Port Louis I headed to the Central Market - only to find out it had burned down (again according to the guide books) - four days ago! I walked around the little part of it that wasn't destroyed then took a closer look at the gutted market. It was pretty vivid stuff - along the edges there was still recognizable stuff - burned onions and potatoes here, singed pineapples there, a few melted fans, lot's of unrecognizable melted masses, and worst of all the melted and deformed cages of what was obviously a booth where live animals were kept.

I wandered around the streets some more, and had another lackluster meal (tomorrow I'm going back to street food!) When it started to get dark I hit a cyber cafe and then back to the hotel.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Mauritius
CIA World Fact Book: Mauritius

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