Christmas In Search Of Sunnier Climes

As most of you will know from my recent Photo of the Week post, I spent my Christmas holiday in glorious Mauritius with the fam, where we spent our days playing in the pool, soaking up some much needed sunshine and generally having a grand old time. We flew out there on the night of the 17th and arrived the next day just in time for some beach-side pancakes and cocktails as we watched the sun go down…a perfect start to our holiday.

Beach View
Beach View

The next week was spent in a blur of great sunshine, sea swimming, plenty of drinks and and excellent food at the wonderful Sugar Beach Resort, which is so great that we have now stayed there 3 years in a row! Between all this extremely tiring activity we even managed to tear ourselves away from the hotel compound and ventured out to the capital city, Port Louis, for a bit of sightseeing and shopping in the markets which, I have to say, are pretty impressive. There are whole market areas designated to fish, meat, fruit and veg, as well as the usual clothes and souvenirs that you’d expect to find. We were very well behaved though, and came away with only a few items and a lot of fruit!

Port Louis Fruit & Veg Market
Port Louis Fruit & Veg Market

Soon enough it was Christmas day and, just as last year when I was in Melbourne, the clouds arrived and the rain came down. ALL DAY. But to be honest, rain on the beach is still better than being in cold, grey England, so we made the best of it and settled ourselves in the bar for a day full of cocktails, yummy food and plenty of laughs…just as Christmas should be.

The whole family on Xmas day
The whole family on Xmas day

Once Christmas was over we went back to our normal routine – Breakfast. Beach. Swim. Beach. Lunch. Beach. Beach. Swim. Snorkel. Beach. Cocktails. Sunset. Shower. Dinner. Drinks. Bed. And repeat. This heavenly system went on for the next few days and then sadly there we were, back at the airport and ready to board our flight home. What a wonderful way to spend the holidays. I just hope my tan stays with me a little bit longer this time!

A Mauritian Sunset
A Mauritian Sunset
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