When we arrived in Mauritius we found out that certain portions of the island was having quite a bad drought and water restrictions were implemented.
We were grateful that it rained close to non-stop for the following 2 days and that gave us the opportunity to explore the interior of the island.
We stumbled upon this old house with the most exquisite gardens, that changed the course of our planned day.
The house belongs to the Grimbeau family and was one of the first houses in Mauritius. They also own the Boix Cheri tea farm and a rummery but more about that later.
The house dates out of the French colonisation era (mid 1700’s) and the architecture and furniture is just magnificient.
Please endure all my pictures of some of the most exquisite french furniture I have seen.
The billiard room/outhouse.
A marble bath cut out of a solid piece of marble.
Interesting light fitting between two rooms.
From this splendid house we were sent on our way to Bon Cheri tea farm, but on our way we saw this awesome model ship shop and had to make a stop.
All these ships are handcrafted in a very small cramped workshop with the most basic of tools.
Respect to the craftsmen.
Our rainy day is turning out to be an awesome day of discovery.
More in the next post.