Reunion Island. A pure paradise. By Stacy Petit

BY Stacy Petit

Journalist & Mass Media Communications Student from France

Erasmus Plus student at the School of Journalism & Mass Media Studies, Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Winter semester 2016-17

The article was written and published in terms of the course “Writing Personal Columns in Newspapers, Magazines & Blogs”, Erasmus Plus Programme of Aristotle University Thessaloniki.

 

Imagine… a piece of land, surrounded by the sea, full of mountains...

Now, in this common place, imagine the nature, the forests, the beaches and a volcano. Then, you can add the variety of the landscapes. In the same island, imagine a travel around the world. Between pine trees in the summits, the waterfalls in the nature, rocks and coconut trees close to the sea, this idyllic site exists. It's called Reunion Island, situated in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar.

I've been living in this “full of secrets” island for four years. It was a heartbreak when I had to leave this paradise. The dream, my dream, began in the south of the Island, close to the beach…

There, like on many seasides, you can watch the waves crashing on the black and scorching sand. If you have the chance to see the sunset, the spectacle is wonderful. By night, people usually like to make camp fires. The weather fits to this type of activities.

By the way, hiking, climbing and canoeing are also popular hobbies. The relief you feel is ideal when you walk and discover various and amazing landscapes. The most famous mountains to enjoy all these sports are called Mafate, Salazie and Cilaos, where you can meet Le Piton des neiges, the higher summit of the island. Grab the chance to wake up early enough and watch the sunrise from the top of the Reunion.

Moreover, the volcano Piton de la Fournaise offers you a lunar scenery. If you decide to visit this small paradise, you must take a walk on the dry lava, to finally reach the impressive crater. When the weather is cloudy, it's easy to feel like being in another world. The atmosphere becomes enchanting. If you are very lucky, you also can come up to a magical eruption.

If you have the opportunity to visit the island, you absolutely have to meet and get to know its people. «Diversity» and «Tolerance» can characterize them. In the island, every religion and culture can cohabit. For me, this is a model we need to follow. I learnt a lot living there. I met amazing Creole, who are a part of an unforgettable travel.

I hope you will have the chance to discover this little paradise, rich in colours, cultures, landscapes… and secrets!

 

Photographs: Julien Payet, Insulae Photography

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