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Tuesday, November 9, 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 Sun

Available Photos:

Mosque Port Louis, Mauritius

Mountains behind Port Louis Fort Adelaide, 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: 943
Linear Dist: 187648
Countries Visited: 62
Regions Visited: 245
More stats...
Hotels: 295
Friends / Family: 231
Camping: 120
Hostels: 220
Transit: 63
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3371

Journal Entry:
Slept very late - I must have been wrecked! I had to hike to find a taxi (but found the bus station in the progress). I barely made it to the embassy before closing - only five minutes to spare. Not that that stopped them from making me wait half an hour - luckily I had negotiated the taxi price to include waiting. After yesterday's disappointment with expensive food I tried the street food. Lot's of stuff available, most of it pretty good, most of it spicy, some really hot, and all of it really cheap. I stuffed myself for 9 Rupees (~ 35¢) - then spent three times as much on desert - yogurt (to kill the fire in my mouth) and a chocolate bar. Went to the central market again but didn't buy anything. Spent the late afternoon up to, and around the citadel (Fort Adelaide). It's a steep hike at the end, but at the top I discovered to things: one, a panoramic view; and two, Port Louis just isn't a very picturesque city. The fort itself is a monolithic monstrosity that's been somewhat livened up with graffiti. One cool thing - the courtyard of the fort looked like it's been converted in to a pretty slick community theater. After dark I walked to the internet cafe. Despite stuffing myself this afternoon I was hungry on my walk back to the hotel. Nothing is open in Port Louis after dark so I went to the hotel's restaurant again - and was pleasantly surprised. The food was much better tonight.

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

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