[Last updated: 14-Aug-2021]

This page contains a selction of images (created from poorly-scanned photographs) taken on the French island of La Réunion (between Madagascar and Mauritius in the Southern Indian Ocean), during the Christmas and New Year holiday period 2001/2002.

Before leaving home (in the United Kingdom), a hotel reservation was made with a hotel in St. Benoît (on the east side of the island), but after spending one night there, it was decided to relocate to the west side of the island.

Bus travel in the island was a new and interesting experience; passengers were occasionally clapping! It turned out to be a signal to the driver that they wanted to alight, as there wasn't a bell on the bus!

The new hotel of choice was the Hotel Novotel Coralia (now known as the Relais de l'Hermitage), in L'Hermitage-les-Bains, a few kilometres south of St. Gilles-les-Bains. That being the new base, a car was also hired for the duration of the holiday. The holiday period also coincided with the official launch of the Euro (01-Jan-2002). Being ahead of Europe time-wise (GMT+4/CET+3) I was able to be one of the first persons to withdraw Euros (from a local bank's 'hole-in-the-wall' cash machine) and spend the new currency on an excursion to the Piton de la Fournaise!

St. Gilles-les-Bains - 18 to 26-Dec-2001

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Helicopter Flight around the Island - 26-Dec-2001

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Piton de la Fournaise - 01-Jan-2002

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