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Let us start walking along the waterfront which is situated next to the only harbour of the island. It is worth noting that as we are a small island isolated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything has to start with the harbour which has over the years been extensively modernised to become a hub in this part of the ocean for the shipping lines. The waterfront is where Mauritian families like to spend time on the hot summer days. They casually stroll along the jetties, do some window shopping, spend time watching the ships and yachts moored at the harbour or marina or just meet up with friends and sit at the numerous cafés and restaurants.
Just across the street, opposite the Central Post Office dating back to 1772 when the French set up the local postal service, we will enter the famous Central Market through its wrought iron gates built in 1844 and bearing the initials VR after Queen Victoria. The noise of the sellers shouting to promote their produce and the smell of herbs, exotic spices, fresh fruits and vegetables strike you as soon as you enter. People are running around, talking loudly to each other, trying to sell their produce, inviting you to their stalls. Walking through the market is just like walking through the living mix of different cultures and culinary experience that make up the cosmopolitan population of Mauritius.
A few steps away, we get to the Place D’Armes which is an avenue bordered by royal palms leading up to the Government House. It is one of the oldest buildings on the island. This imposing building whose construction works started back in 1729 originally served as the residence for the various French governors before being over the years converted into government offices and now our parliament.
Walking away from the Government House, the quiet colonial era cobble-stoned alleys contrast sharply with the modern high rise buildings and are a stunning reminder of the colonial past of the island. One easily feels that the French and afterwards the English left their different prints, architecture, habits and cultures behind and the modern side of Mauritius is undeniably a reminder of the economic success of the island.
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