South west of the Caudran Waterfront you will find the Blue Penny Museum.
The museum belongs to the Mauritius Commercial Bank and was opened in 2000.
It has a very nice collection of art, maps and stamps. The story about the first Mauritian stamp is very well documentated.
It really is worth visiting.
Pamplemousse is a halfday-excursion from Port Louis, a wonderfull tropical garden with the biggest waterlillies on earth and some other plants that you will hardly see somewhere else. Talipot Palmtrees are another attraction there and they will bloom only once, after 30-40 years of just growing. There will be millions of small blossoms then on top, the branches of the blossoms up to 6 meters high. After about 1 year the fruits will be ripe, they will fall down and the tree will die.Talipot Palms are originally growing in Sri Lanka and on the indian Malabar-coast, the leaves will have a diameter of up to 5 meters.
Read more about this place in my Pamplemousse-page !
shows the most famous stamp on earth,
BUT only for a few minutes each day because they are afraid that the colors would fade away or what-ever. They let you in all day long and also take your money, BUT only those visitors that come within some 30 minutes at lunchtime will get to see the most famous stamp on earth. Some other sources state that the stamps are shown only for 10 min. each hour.
Photography is forbidden inside there as well, and this is why I also posted this museum as a tourist-trap. What else is there to see ? Not really much, a few documents about the history of Mauritius, mostly faksimile-prints etc.
The Governor`s House is a large building at the end of the palmtree-boulevard. The building is surrounded by a high fence and in front of the building you will see a statue of Queen Viktoria. From the Governor`s House it is just a short distance to Place Nelson Mandela with some interesting, old buildings and the great theatre.
Caudan Waterfront is the name of a great boulevard directely at the townside of the port. The large cruiseships will dock opposite of it and the only 2 ways to get to Caudan Waterfront from there is the tiny ferryboat (read more about it in my Danger-tips!) or you walk all around the bay.
At Caudan Waterfront you will find the windmill, some cannons, a wide boulevard, hundreds of shops and cafes, restaurants and also the Blue Penny Museum.
Place Nelson Mandela is one of the most beautiful places in the heart of the old part of St. Louis and there you will find these great street-lights, next to the theatre and some other great buildings in the old colony-style.
There might be some trafic-jams close to the port, but in this part of town there is almost no cartrafic at all.
These are the old market-halls, dating back to the end of the 19th century, obviously a construction by Gustave Eiffel and it is now used by boutiques, souvenir-shops and cafes with a good view of the port-area and it is certainly a great place to relax.
One of the cannons of Fort Adelaide is placed on the car-parking in front of the citadel and so you can take a closer look at it, even when you will have only a few minutes up there. Mauritius became a british Colony in 1810 and Fort Adelaide was built in 1840, so that cannon is about that time as well I guess.
The mosque of Port Louis Unfortunately this mosque is not a place to visit for non-muslems, but it looks interesting and quite impressive already from outside and so I took these photos while passing by in our tourbus.
In Mauritius you will find a peacefull co-existance of Hindus, Christians, Muslems and Buddists.
the horse-racing-track was a really big surprise for me, because it is a giant area dedicated for these sports, you will see it in the background when enlarging my main photo.
This horse-racing-track is a typical "heritage" from the british colony they once were, but I dont know whether they still have races there.
The old windmill at the port is a museum nowadays and it is interesting to take a look inside. It will take just a few minutes to take a walk through that museum and maybe you do that while waiting for the ferryboat to take you back to the ship.
A wide Boulevard with two double-rows of palmtrees is leading from the port-area to the palace of the president and you will find many statues of local people there as well. This boulevard is just a few hundred meters long and it will take you to many of the most interesting sights in Port Louis.
This boulevard is also a part of the guided tours of the city, but there is no way to get out of the bus there.
Fort Adelaide - the old fortification high above the city of Port Louis was one of the highlights of our tour through the city, organized by our cruise-ship for quite a reasonable price.
Fort Adelaide is one of the sights that you cannot reach by public transport, just by a tour or by taking an exhausting walk uphill in the hot weather for maybe 30 minutes or so.
We did not go inside the fort-museum, but it looks fine anyway when you see these impressive walls and have a great view of the city and the sea from there.
It is possible to see the interior of the Citadel / Ft. Adelaide, but unfortunately there was just enough time to take a look into its innercourt during my guided tour of the island, organized by our cruiseship.
I am sure the interior is only interesting for people who are very much interested in these kind of old buildings, but I prefered to walk around the castlewalls and enjoy the panorama-view from up there instead, as we just had a total of 20 minutes up there on our own.
Fort Adelaide opens the interior for visitors:
daily except Sundays and Holidays
from 09.00am till 05.00pm
entrancefee is Rs.50
guided tours are available upon request
binoculars can be rented free of charge there as well !
Caudan Waterfront is a modern entertainment and dining complex on the seafront at Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius.
I visited Caudan Waterfront during my trip to the island in February 2008. In the morning, I walked along the popular waterfront promenade, taking photos and looking at the various dining options, then later in the day I returned to enjoy a cold beer at one of the waterside bars.
You will find a variety of cafes and restaurants at Caudan, from simple outdoor cafes and food courts, to Indian restaurants and upmarket European places. As well as restaurants, you will find a large hotel, a handful of bars and pubs, shopping areas, cinemas, a casino and the Blue Penny stamp museum.
Food and drink prices are generally more expensive at Caudan Waterfront than anywhere else in the city, but the atmosphere is great and I feel that it is worth paying that little bit extra to enjoy a meal or a drink with sea views.
The waterfront promenade is lined with palm trees, statues and plenty of benches to sit on. It’s a wonderful place to enjoy a seaside stroll with an ice cream on a warm sunny day.