This past Wednesday we went to Rose Hill to go shopping at the local small jewlery stores. Rather, Karen (another Fulbrighter) and I would go into the stores, and Brian and the boys would hover outside. This is the local Hindi temple where we parked the car.
With the request to remove your shoes, you are free to wander around these manificant, colorful temples. The number and varieties of the dieties is amazing, and many are left incense, fruit or other things by worshipers. These were very carefully wrapped in the fabric you see here, with incense burning.
Another diety at the temple.
Street seller scene in Rose Hill.
From Rose Hill we headed North until we hit the sea (which is pretty easy to do in Mauritius), turned left, and then headed south down the coast to the small town on Albion. As we wandered we kept seeing signs for a lighthouse, so we followed it to a lighthouse (surprise). The lighhouse keeper, a guy named Ash came out and pretty much phrased it like this: 'you can go to Port Louis and get the required pass (300 Rs for each person), OR you can give me 400 Rs for all of you and I'll give you the key to the lighthouse'. Well, DUH. Fifteen minutes later we had the key and had climbed to the top of the lighthouse. This is still a working lighthouse (it was built in 1904) and it was great - the lamp, the steps up, the complete lack of any safety devices (as my 8 and 10 year old clambered out onto the open ledge). What amazing views.
The southern view from the top of the lighthouse.
Karen, Sam, Will and Brian at the top of the lighthouse.
The view to the north from the lighthouse.