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Banana: Rodrigues shows its caring heart!

Published on 01 december 2015 at 0h00

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Without wishing to plagiarize JMG Le Clezio’s “Voyage à Rodrigues”, our stopover there literally had us mesmerized and I really don’t know where to begin with the story. Very selfishly I’m not even sure I should, for risk of spoiling the charm of the place! Just six months ago, I was still wondering where it was, this little piece of confetti, 18km long and 8 wide. We entered the splendid lagoon after six more or less comfortable days (rather less!), having set out from the Chagos Archipelago. The warm “Welcome to Rodrigues” with a friendly Créole accent which unfortunately I can’t put into writing, from the Harbormaster on channel 16 set the scene for a kindness which we found among all the inhabitants. There’s only one little anchorage in this shallow lagoon, for those sailors who are keen enough to spend a week to windward just to get there: Port Mathurin, ...

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