What follows is an old old tale that grandma’s used to tell children in Mauritius very long time ago, but unfortunately the story is in the native language of ‘creole’: The story of ‘Tizan Gato Canette’. For those who can understand will rejoice in their souvenirs (if ever you formed part of that old generation …
Port Louis during the 1970s has been a very memorable place for many Mauritians and city life was very ‘vintage’! The country was at its peak retro time and the lifestyle and life trend was full of souvenirs. Place D’Armes, as we had previously been writing many times, can be said to be the heart of the city and overlooking the Government House revealed the buzz of the city. The boats and ships of the harbour can very close to the quay and the waterfront that we could admire every details of them. Those vintage cars of the time were still in their ‘youth’! Morris Minors, Volkswagen Beetles, Bedford Vans, Wolseleys, Old Tiptop Buses (Bedford Buses), Morris Austins, Bedford Lorries and lots of others… a wonderful souvenir for many.
The Harbour with the Winnie and Betty trailer boats were yet to be discovered and ‘La Place du Quay’ was just already a wonderful waterfront. The Old Port Louis Central Market was still full of life and passion. Lottery tickets were still selling at 10 cents (10 sous)! Oh time, how you fly so fast!
Not purely ‘vintage’ but the guys of Baie-du-Cap did this very nice little video that we enjoyed very much and why not share this as well? Baie du Cap certainly is a very lovely little village in the south of the island of Mauritius and is well famous for these stairs of Macondé that lead up to the viewpoint of the bay and the district boundary as well… and of course the whole village deserves a special attention. Don’t forget to check out their other images and videos on the official facebook page of Baie-du-Cap!
A video documentary about the Trains Era in Mauritius by Wassim Sookia. It is true that not many of us, of the current generation, have known the railways era in Mauritius, but most of us have certainly heard about it from tales of parents and grandparents. The last passenger train was on 31 March 1956 and the overall railways ended in 1964 with its dismantling thereon. This video documentary will certainly let us live through this golden time once again!
First published: 13/07/2013
The 7th Mauritius Classic Tour is an annual event organized by the Mauritius Vintage & Classic Car Owners Association and regroups many vintage and classic cars at a public level. The cars parade through different regions of the country for the visual entertainment of each and everyone. An event not to be missed for those …