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Road to Cilaos, the sunniest cirque on Réunion Island

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Road to Cilaos, the sunniest cirque on Réunion Island

Cilaos, the last of the three cirques that inhabit the beautiful island of Réunion. Far less well-known than the other two cirques, I decided to venture there one day, alone, in my sister’s old hire car. Legend has it that the car never recovered from the very winding road that leads there.

The Cirque de Cilaos is formed by the ramparts of the caldera of the Piton des Neiges, Réunion’s highest peak. At an average altitude of 1,200 metres, Cilaos is surrounded by majestic peaks, sharp ridges and deep ravines, creating a magnificent mountain landscape.

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Salazie, Réunion’s lush cirque

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Salazie, Réunion’s lush cirque

Reunion, the jewel of the Indian Ocean, is an island of a thousand facets, offering a surprising diversity of landscapes. Among its natural treasures, the Cirque de Salazie stands out for its lush beauty, majestic waterfalls and pleasant atmosphere.

The Cirque de Salazie, located in the heart of Reunion Island, is one of three natural cirques that characterize the island’s mountainous terrain. I’ve already told you about Mafate here. Surrounded by imposing mountains, this cirque offers a setting of unspoilt nature, with its vertiginous crests, verdant valleys and spectacular waterfalls.

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3 water-related activities not to be missed at Réunion Island

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3 water-related activities not to be missed at Réunion Island

Reunion Island, located in the Indian Ocean, is a heavenly destination with no scarcity of charm and attractions. This French Island, often referred to as ” the intense island “, is a genuine jewel of nature, renowned for its geographical diversity, rich culture and fascinating history. With spectacular landscapes ranging from white sandy beaches to mountain peaks, lush forests and volcanic cirques, Réunion offers an incomparable range of experiences.

Whether you’re a mountain hiker, a scuba diving enthusiast, a gourmet in search of exotic flavors, or simply looking to relax on paradise beaches, Réunion Island has something for everyone.

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Two activities to get to know the Mafate Cirque in Réunion Island

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Two activities to get to know the Mafate Cirque in Réunion Island

On Reunion Island, the Mafate cirque is one of the island’s most captivating natural treasures. Nestled in the heart of this lush cirque, you’ll discover unspoilt nature, breathtaking scenery, and an authentic Creole culture. To explore this natural wonder, without going there, there are two exciting activities, each offering a unique experience.

In this article, I present these two options for discovering the cirque de Mafate, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or looking for a more peaceful adventure.

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A trek to Mafate, the most remote cirque on Réunion Island

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A trek to Mafate, the most remote cirque on Réunion Island

A nature destination beyond compare, Réunion Island is a small, unspoilt jewel in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Réunion is the result of an unlikely marriage between volcanoes and the sea, giving it a unique charm and breathtaking beauty. You’ll be transported to a world apart, where nature reveals itself in all its splendour and diversity.

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Discover a panoramic trail just around Lucerne

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Discover a panoramic trail just around Lucerne

If you’re planning to spend a few days in Lucerne, I’ve put together an itinerary that will allow you to hike while relaxing in the turquoise waters of Lake Lucerne. Although I didn’t have the chance to do the whole itinerary when I lived in Lucerne, as a keen hiker I think the one I’ve put together is suitable for anyone who enjoys walking. However, to make the most of your time and avoid too many trips in a single day, it’s best to have accommodation in Lucerne (or Zurich or Zug).

To sum up, I’ll be taking you on a magnificent panoramic walk offering breathtaking views of Lake Lucerne, then exploring the lake directly back to Lucerne by boat.

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From past to present: the heritage of coffee on Reunion Island

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From past to present: the heritage of coffee on Reunion Island

As you’ve probably gathered by now, I’m a coffee lover. Naturally, this often leads me to go on the hunt for beautiful cafés to discover, to hold caféthons with friends and even to take different itineraries on my travels to explore new coffee cultures.

So it was with great surprise that I discovered, during my trip to Reunion Island, that the island produces one of the world’s most popular (and expensive!) coffees: the Bourbon pointu. Having discovered the island’s history, I made a direct link with its former name (Bourbon Island) and this variety of coffee, but also with Bourbon vanilla.

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10 museums to discover eclectic Amsterdam

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10 museums to discover eclectic Amsterdam

It is well known that Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is an ideal destination for a festive and cultural long weekend. Famous for its canals, its gabled houses, its innate sense of party, and its guilty pleasures (yes coffee shop and red-light district I’m referring to you), I propose today a new angle to visit the dynamic Dutch city: through its museums.

Having visited Amsterdam with my family and with friends, I had the chance to take part in several museum visits, each one more different than the last, mixing history, culture, and tendentious visits. All in all, it was a great way to enrich one’s culture on many different themes.

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Visit Glasgow’s dynamic city in less than 24 hours

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Visit Glasgow’s dynamic city in less than 24 hours

During my Erasmus in Edinburgh, I headed to Glasgow for a day to visit the rival city of my study area. It is true that one day is not much to visit a city, but it was enough to discover the charms of the industrial city.

So what to do in less than 24 hours for a short stopover in Glasgow?

The city is famous for its street art, its nightlife (although it has half as many pubs as Edinburgh) and its gastronomy – if you can call it Scottish gastronomy, but let’s be honest it was in Glasgow that I tasted the famous fried Mars – that chocolate bar from Mars that is fried in doughnut dough. Let’s just say I haven’t touched any Mars since, but it was a must-try!

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