sat 07 August 2010
La Malu II is anchored in the nave of the cathedral of Rodrigues !
After 15 days of facing a ferocious Indian Ocean, we navigate in the lagoon of the small island of Rodrigues,with the help of old chart material, probably dating from the time of a certain Rodrigues, who was the first to discover it, in the 17th century. The GPS locates us exactly in the nave of the small church, named cathedral; but we were lucky to arrive by day and were able to keep away from the reefs. The welcome is warm, no less than 8 officials inspect La Malu; one evaluates our health, the other the ships pharmacy - no drugs hidden ? - a third moves the few vegetables found in the Cocos Islands...; the only employer of the island is the public service.
The cathedral helps me with my reflection; I have to say goodbye to my dear friend Philippe Denys, who died from a fatal stroke in Brussels, when he would have liked to be with us in the middle of the ocean.
The coast guard on duty completes his monthly salary by guiding us on his island: he brings us for lunch to three charming hostesses, who spoil us with all the richnesses of their country, while waiting to find a husband, there are few men in Rodrigues; one of the ladies will leave within short. She found a Swiss partner on the internet !
We will soon have to continue our trip and a very good breeze from the east brings us to the west, to Mauritius, in two days.
July 21, 2010
Port Louis, Mauritius
Position : 20°09'58 S 25°29'80 E
In the old port of Caudan, where long ago slaves disembarked.
Here the charts are exact, but a drilling platform in the port's entrance was not foreseen ! It is not that simple to distinguish it from some pretentious buildings at the seashore.
The reception is still more bureaucratic, it is something all states seem to have in common. But it is nice to be moored in a real port, tied to a real mooring post, used by thousands of ropes.
The first statue we see is that of Paul with Virginia in his arms; she died because she did not dare to undress to escape shipwreck; I ask myself how such a stupid novel can have so much success ! But looking at couples in love kissing each other on the restored promenade, a lot better than in Antwerp, I conclude that myths are destined to survive; and the arrival of Laurette brings me in a romantic and half-drunk mood, probably the fatique, barely clouded by the drizzle on the port.
Now we have to groom La Malu, before starting on the discovery of this a little bit too civilized holiday paradise and return home for a well deserved rest - unlike the others I return home to rest - in order to leave again, in October, for the most dangerous of all crossings, to South Africa via Madagascar.
See you soon,
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