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Pictures of our Réunion trip –
part 1: Saint-Denis & surroundings-West Coast-Salazie-La Paix-Takamaka-Dos d'Âne
Réunion part 2: Les Makes-La Fenêtre-Saint Louis-East Coast-The Volcano-Grande Anse
Réunion part 3: Cilaos-Grande Anse-Le Maïdo-Saint Pierre
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latest picture: January 8, 2012
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001  Saturday, December 10th, 2011:
Coming from Tamatave in Madagascar
we are looking from Air Austral down to
the compact sea of houses of Saint-Denis,
the capital of Réunion, a French overseas
department in the Indian Ocean
002  The former City Hall (Marie)
with its columns and clock tower is
one of the most eye-catching French
colonial buildings in the city center
of Saint-Denis
003  With its little fountain, pigeons
and surrounded by stately trees the
Cathedral of Saint-Denis conjures
up the feeling of peace
004  The “Grande Mosque“, also
called the “Noor-E-Islam Mosque“,
sits on the chic street Maréchal Leclerc,
squeezed between trendy shops
005  The exotic look of this mother and
her daughter lighten up the European
ambiance of Saint-Denis. They come
from the island of Mayotte, another
overseas department of France
006  On the streets in the city
centre of Saint-Denis each parking
space is taken. Most of them are
designed for small cars, not for
„monsters“ like our LandCruiser
007  The church of Saint Jacques sits
on a city hill. During daytime, the stroke
of the clock is repeated every half an
hour – only at night there is silence
008  It is hard to get a real Christmas
feeling in the tropics. At least the lovely
Christmas tree in the public park
„Jardin de l’État“ of Saint-Denis
shows a festive ambiance
009  The lovely “Notre-Dame
de la Délivrance“ church, flanked by
blooming flamboyant, sits at the
Western periphery of Saint-Denis
010  Liliana is pointing to the pomegranate
fruit at the “Petit Marché“ in Saint-Denis
where the display of fresh fruit and
vegetable – though not cheap – is plentiful
011  A trio is relaxing on a park bench
after shopping. Benches and picnic tables
for the public are found everywhere on the
island and are especially used on weekends
012  A stall at the “Petit Marché “
in Saint-Denis is selling
basketry in every size
013  The Prefecture of Saint-Denis
is situated at the coastal road – there,
where the main road N1 towards the
West (Littoral) and the N2 towards
the East start
014  Liliana enjoys the refreshing sea
breeze at the cannons of the seafront
park „Le Barachois“ in Saint-Denis
015  We crawl the steep mountain road
with many narrow switchbacks from
Saint-Denis to “Le Brulé“. From 2’600 ft.
height we enjoy an impressive
panoramic view over the capital
016  Blooming Flamboyant Trees
(Delonix regia) add to the scenic drive
through “La Montagne“ from Saint-
Denis in the North to La Possession
on the West coast
017  Cannons facing out to the sea
protect the capital Saint-Denis on
route D41 leading to “La Montagne“
018  The higher we climb on the road
towards “La Montagne“, the more
impressive gets the panoramic view
over the capital
019  The twisting road over 2’000 ft.
altitude from Saint-Denis and La
Montagne to La Possession leads partly
through untouched forest – part of the
huge National Park “Parque National
de La Réunion“
020  Two Yucca plants stick out with
their immaculate white flowers from
the monotonous bush vegetation
021  From the heights of “La Montagne“
a lovely mountain scenery opens up
towards mountain peaks
and the Indian Ocean
022  Different species of bottlebrush
flowers are growing on the island.
This one we find especially attraktive:
Sicklebush (Dichrostachys cinerea)
023  The long stalk of a white
Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus
africanus) tops leaves and ferns
024  Beautiful: Entire slopes are dotted
with the intensive red of the flowering
Flamboyant trees (Delonix regia)
025  A roundabout of particular nature
in Le Port, the harbor city at the
West coast: A huge banyan tree
(Ficus benghalensis) at the
“Rond-Point de la Glacière“
026  View from La Possession
towards Saint-Denis, where at the
foot of the high rising cliffs the Littoral
freeway is running along the sea shore
027  This rocky coast on Cap la Houssaye
Southwest of Saint-Paul attracts many
people. Either for having a picnic on the
rocks, hoping to catch a fish or just, as
ourselves, to enjoy spotting a giant
turtle coming to the surface
028  Boucan Canot on the West coast
is also compared with “Saint Tropez“ on
the Côte d'Azur in France. The popular
beach resort made lately inglorious
headlines with fatal shark attacks
029  A wild coastal stretch in the
Southwest at Cap du Portail,
where the strong waves break
against the black rocks
030  Protected by a coral reef, the safe
lagoon at “l’Ermitage les Bains” attracts
more sun-seekers than the beach at
Boucan Canot. On weekends the
white sandy beach is fully packed
031  At the start of our climb to the
“Cirque de Salazie” in the North of
the island, we follow the river
“Rivière du Mât”. This Cirque is one
of three imposing mountain valleys
of volcanic origin on the island
032  Climbers give this white painted
house on our way to the “Cirque
de Salazie” a quaint appearance
033  On our way to Salazie, our Land
Cruiser is surrounded by steep mountain
cliffs, a “traveler’s tree” (Ravenala
madagascariensis), palms and bamboo
034  Salazie: A 7’500 souls counting
mountain village, ‘lost’ in
dense forest green
035  Around a bend to the “Cirque de
Salazie”, plants grow exuberantly,
covering the whole surface and climbing
up the trees. This Northeastern region
is considered the wettest on the island
036  The highlight of the “Cirque de
Salazie”: The little hamlet of Hell Bourg,
5 miles South of Salazie, is enclosed by
majestic mountain walls up to 10’000 ft.
037  Right of way sign on the Salazie
route “pisse en l’air”, what means
literally that it pees from the air.
Driving on the side of the cliff, the
car gets showered from above
038  The difference of flowers
in the mountains is enormous
039  Above Hell Bourg –
Bémaho – we enjoy some fresh air
040  „Site de Mare Poule d’eau” is a
lovely lake in the Salazie region …..
041  ….. that attracts fishermen
as well as picnickers
042  A delicate yellow flower
Dozens of shining waterfalls dot the steep mountain slopes near Salazie.
Some fall in one single drop straight from towering cliffs, some in several stages
046  “Bassin La Paix”, 2 miles West
of Bras-Panon: The river “Riviere des
Roches” has carved its watercourse
deep into the rocks …..
047  ….. and drops at La Paix
into a small pool …..
048  ….. surrounded by a
forest with fern and moss
049  Sugar cane and bamboo dominate
big parts of the lower regions
050  A family is wading through a river,
lined by impressive bush of bamboo
051  Peculiar flowers in the bush,
unknown to us
052  A lonely spot: “Pointe du Bourbier”
a bit North of Saint-Benoit on the
Northeast coast
053  The pebble stone beach between
“Pointe du Bourbier” and Saint-Benoit
on the Northeast coast is deserted. The
crowded white sandy beaches are on
the Southwest coast of the island
054  In Sainte-Anne at the Northeast
coast we find an idyllic picnic spot.
Vacoa (Pandanus utilis) line the coast.
After the deforestation they were
planted as a windbreak
055  The lilac flower grows in big bushes.
If the sun shines its intense bright color
sticks out everywhere
056  We drive through a big sugar cane
field along the coast near the river
“Rivière de l’Est”. Sugar is the major
export of Réunion, imported by France
057  Incredibly many Angel's Trumpets
(Brugmansia) adorn the landscape.
Liliana almost disappears in all
the flowerage
058  On our way to the Takamaka view-
point North of Saint-Benoit on the North-
east coast, another of the impressing
waterfalls is emerging from high up a wall
059  Again and again bushes full of
hanging wild fuchsia (Fuchsia boliviana)
grow along the street
060  A waterfall is ‘dropping’ off a
vertical mountain wall at Takamaka.
We can only imagine how impressive
it must be during the rainy season
061  A rugged mountain scenery,
precipitous and forested with waterfalls
greet us at the Takamaka viewpoint.
This region is said to be one of
the wettest on the island
062  We are on our descent from the
height of Takamaka towards Saint-
Benoit on the Northeast coast. The
view in front of us brings Emil to
stop and grab for his camera …..
063  ….. sugar cane, sprawling
bamboo and the blue Indian
Ocean lie to our feet
064  From “Dos d’Âne”, accessible
through route D1 from “La Rivière
des Galets”, the view reaches to
the harbor town of “Le Port” …..
065  ….. down in the valley the river
bed of the “Rivière des Galets” is
meandering through a deep gorge …..
066  ….. up on the viewpoint “Cap
Noir” above “Dos d’Âne“ we are
blessed by the wide view into the
“Cirque de Mafate”
067  While Liliana is resting a bit on
a ladder on a long loop at “Cap Noir”
above “Dos d’Âne” …..
068  ….. Emil left the more
difficult sections already behind him
069  ….. and enjoys the superb panorama
into the “Cirque de Mafate”, one
of the three corries of Réunion
070  Beard Lichen (Usnea barbata)
and white ambiguous bran lichen
(Parmeliopsis ambigua) testify
the unpolluted air on “Dos d’Âne”
Despite the harsh soil delicate flowers are blooming in the height of “Dos d’Âne”
073  Greenhouses dominate the picture
of the village of “Dos d’Âne”, situated
6 miles East of the harbor city of “Le Port”
074  Imposing view from the
“Kiosque du Cap Noir” above
“Dos d’Âne” to the wild mountain
scenery of the “Cirque de Mafate”
075  We smile into the camera
for a rememberence picture at the
“Kiosque du Cap Noir
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Articles in newspapers about us in Réunion:
Article"Vingt-sept ans autour du monde", Daily Newspaper "Le Quotidien" - February 19, 2012