Thursday, June 4, 2009

Where Art Thou?

terrace of the place where we stayed with its wonderful view of the village on the foothills

Whew! It’s been a while since I updated this blog… and even more when it comes to visiting my fellow bloggers. Well, with the 3 long weekends we’ve had last month (May 1- Labor day; May 8 –WWII Victory Day; May 21 Ascension Day) and the summer-like weather, we tried to make the most of it by spending time outdoors… and going on holidays! We generally take our vacation in either May or early autumn to avoid the throng of tourists and the high prices of everything related to "holidays" during summer and other peak seasons. Plus, the weather is usually better --- not too hot, not too cold, not to mention the changing hues of plants (I prefer “spring” green rather than “summer” green and the first burst of summer bloom… and of course, autumn colors are very picturesque!)

a circa 1900 map of La Reunion from the Domaine du Grand Hazier, St. Suzanne, La Reunion

And since we’ve reached an important milestone in our life together, we decided to take our holidays in La Reunion, an overseas department of France between Madagascar and Mauritius. This island has left a big impression on me because aside from being beautiful, this is where my husband asked my hand for marriage years ago. So, we have wonderful memories of this place. And we thought it’s quite appropriate to celebrate one of our most (actually it's three) meaningful events in our life together. So, for the second time around, we visited this marvelous region – with towering mountains inland, bordered by the great blue sea and the remarkable Piton la Fournaise (an active volcano) which seems endlessly trying to connect the land and the sea with its lava flow whenever it wakes up from its short slumber.

village of Grand Ilet, Cirque de Salazie, La Reunion

I’ll be posting more entries and pictures later… and of course catching up with what’s new with my fellow bloggers. I just want to say “coucou” (hello) after several weeks of hiatus. Holidays are great, but they always end. And there are a lot of things to do BEFORE (hence, no update in my blog) and AFTER a vacation. So, I might not seem visible even if we are back here but rest assured I’ll be visiting your sites soon. And of course, I’ll try my best to put this blog "back on track" *cross fingers*.

when the sky meets the sea


Happily Retired Gal said...

Lovely photo series ;--)
The title and chair captured my attention initially so I wanted to see what came next! They're all wonderful, but that LAST shot is my favorite!
Hugs and blessings,

Gallicissa said...

I have read so much about the mascarene islands (mostly to do with extinctions of fauna and endemism) and I am determined to visit there one day.

The Bumbles said...

Holy cow. I have never heard of this paradise but need to go there ASAP. I have bookmarked their site and will add it to our Travelogue on our blog of places we dream to see. Keep sharing those snapshots of beauty.

lareine said...

thanks for the visit... hope you guys can visit the island in the near future... you won't regret it for it has a lot to offer :)...

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