Il faut partir…

One of the maxims of French life is that, from time to time, one must get up and go. “Il faut partir,” near or far, but get away from the day-to-day grind and see other sights in order to return refreshed and reinvigorated.

Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of places to do this in France, or even within the bounds of our European borders. But this year we decided to go a bit further afield. Can you guess where?

Hints: It is in the Indian ocean yet part of the African continent. French is spoken but it is not part of France. We’ll be bringing plenty of mosquito repellent. The flight takes about 12 hours.

I’ll leave you to mull it over while I go offline. All shall be revealed in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, wish me bon voyage!


  1. Colin Bisset · May 21, 2019

    Mauritius, peut-etre? Divine. Interested to know why not Reunion…

    • MELewis · May 21, 2019

      Bravo, Colin, 100% correct! You get extra ‘bons points’ for hitting on the mark straight off! As for why not La Réunion, all I can say is that where my partner is concerned, ZFrenchman never wants anything to do with France. So that rules out the DOM-TOM in general, other than our honeymoon trip to Tahiti which was a wedding gift. You wouldn’t believe how hard I had to work to convince him to go to Corsica! On the other hand, he spent a holiday as a teen with his parents, who worked for Air France and flew for free, in Mauritius and loved it. So it’s a return down memory lane for him, and a first for me in the area. I will let you know if it’s worth the detour!

      • acflory · May 21, 2019

        lol – should have read these comments first! 🙂

      • Colin Bisset · May 21, 2019

        How funny – when there are those of us who would choose anything with a French flavour. I’ve yet to go to our nearest, New Caledonia… Have a fabulous trip!

      • MELewis · May 23, 2019

        New Caledonia would be a beautiful destination, although there I think you are in tsunami territory!

  2. midihideaways · May 21, 2019

    Madagascar? Have a wonderful holiday, Mel!!

    • MELewis · May 21, 2019

      I would love to visit Madagascar, but that would definitely be more of an adventure. This is going to be a bit of R&R in a luxury setting… Thanks for your wishes, Andreas, and I will report back soon!

  3. pedmar10 · May 21, 2019

    Ile Maurice is a popular destination lol! I still cannot understand maybe is the opposite syndrome with so many coming here, the goal is to get out. But France is No 1 in visitor visits for many years 2018 90M! hard to understand they need to go someplace else still ::)

    • MELewis · May 21, 2019

      I truly think it’s a French thing to want to get away from France and see new horizons! Too spoiled by what’s our own doorstep? Probably!

      • pedmar10 · May 21, 2019

        Exactly that is my point, new horizons but they don’t know what they have inside or is it us that know better lol! My collegues here go to some exotic place and I wondered why with so much beauty at home!

      • pedmar10 · May 21, 2019

        Mind you been to 81 countries but with France and Spain I have enough ::)

  4. The Pink Agendist · May 21, 2019

    Looks like tsunami territory. Wear a lifejacket at all times. Even out to dinner 😁

    • MELewis · May 21, 2019

      Thanks for the advice! I hope it’s not a high-risk area for tsunamis…after white-knuckling the long flight, the last thing I need is something more to worry about! 😅

      • 355101pkl · May 21, 2019

        No tsunamis you are right. They do get cyclones . However there is always a risk of extreme weather anywhere .

  5. acflory · May 21, 2019

    Hmm…Madagascar or…Mauritius? Oh and Bon Voyage!

    • MELewis · May 21, 2019

      Thanks, Meeks! You guessed it too…Must be an Aussie advantage! 🤓

      • acflory · May 22, 2019

        lol – my best friend at uni. came from Mauritius so I can’t take too much credit. 😀

  6. Suzanne et Pierre · May 21, 2019

    Have a great time. Mauritius has been on our list for a while so I will be looking forward to your impressions & photos. (Suzanne)

    • MELewis · May 21, 2019

      Thanks, Suzanne! I’ll be happy to share at least my beach impressions from my smart phone….with a few feet shots!

  7. Garfield Hug · May 21, 2019

    Bon voyage! I suspect Mauritius is where you are headed. Enjoy and takes lots of photos to share with us😀

    • MELewis · May 21, 2019

      Well you all guessed it! Must not have made it hard enough but that is my mindset — taking it easy. Merci!

  8. Dale · May 21, 2019

    It appears your readers are a smart bunch. Almost all of us thought Mauritius!
    Bon voyage et repose-toi bien!

    • MELewis · May 21, 2019

      Indeed I am in brilliant company here on this blog! 😊 Merci Dale et à très bientôt!

      • Dale · May 21, 2019

        Effectivement! I’ll be so bold as to include myself 😉
        À bientôt!

  9. 355101pkl · May 21, 2019

    Have a great time ! I’ve already told you my wife is Mauritian and still has a lot of connections there .Look forward to hearing your account of your time there. and don’t pull any punches although you will probably not need to throw any. Its a beautiful place !

    • MELewis · May 23, 2019

      I will tell it like it is, as is my wont! 😁 Hopefully I will be able to confirm your impressions…but knowing me, there will always be some story to tell! (I was going to say ‘something to complain about’ but trying to be zen…)

  10. Sartenada · May 22, 2019

    Easy question!

    Happy and safe travels!

    • MELewis · May 23, 2019

      Thank you! Just packing and getting ready for departure. Very excited!

  11. Karen Hemingway · May 25, 2019

    Have a wonderful holiday. I understand your ideas about enjoying the beauty of France but there are also so many beautiful places in the world to visit. I think you should see as many as possible! Putter around France when you don’t feel up to flying…can’t wait to see and hear your stories!

    • MELewis · May 26, 2019

      Thanks a lot, Karen! We are and I will! 😎

  12. Mél@nie · June 2, 2019

    trop fastoche: île Maurice… à la recherche du Dodo!!! 🙂

    • MELewis · June 6, 2019

      You are better travelled than me, Melanie. What is the Dodo? 🧐

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