Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Jaro's bike ride to the Botanical Gardens....
The goal of today's ride was the Pamplemousse Botanical Gardens. My route from Albion was by way of Rose Hill, Moka, La Nicoliere reservoir, and return by Montagne Longue, Ruisseau Rose, Ripailles, and again through Moka and Rose Hill.
As luck would have it, I met up with three local riders on the way out.
We rode together for a few kilometres, after which they turned off to the east - I think they said they were going to Bel Air and Grand Rivière. Hope to ride with them again in the coming weeks.
Yes, it is a nice park. But as a Botanical Gardens, I think it's being oversold as a tourist attraction - there isn't even a souvenir shop or restaurant. Much more could be done with it, but they seem content to leave as is, and provide employment for a bunch of locals working as guards, guides, maintenance, etc.
The person at right gives a good idea of the scale of these giant leaves....
This botanical garden is also partly a zoo.
Photos belong to Jaro Franta.