Here is the last but one article about Reunion Island, and an important one ! On the fourth day, we woke up with a knot in our stomach : we felt anxious, excited and nostalgic at the same time. It was Célinette’s last day – she had to take a plane for Paris to shoot a wedding (by the way, if you’re getting married, I strongly advise you to check her portfolio here), but it also was the day of our helicopter flight over the island !
You have to know that I HATE flying machines : I’m afraid of flying (I’m getting better, though, since I travelled a lot these last few months) and I had never been on a helicopter before… So let me tell you I wasn’t relaxed. I actually crushed Celine’s hand during the whole flight – she wasn’t very comfortable either.
What you feel in a helicopter is very different than on a plane : you don’t feel the speed at all, you can’t even tell you’re leaving the ground because of the vertical take-off. It makes you feel dizzier than a plane, and it moves a lot with the wind… brrr… I get shivers just to think about it!
Fortunately, after a few minutes, I managed to appreciate the breathtaking landscapes below us. It wasn’t easy to take pictures because I wasn’t sitting near a window (passengers are seated in the helicopter according to their weight – you step on a scale before leaving, and it’s non negotiable : matter of balance. Moreover, they were reflections on the windows. My dear Céline let me bend over her to take a few pictures – so I crushed her hand and her thights!
For this reason, pictures don’t do justice to the beautiful landscapes we flew over, but I’m glad (and proud) I had this experience. A helicopter flight is rather expensive, and I couldn’t have afforded it if I hadn’t been invited. But if you can, you really should! It’s the best way to see the immensity of the mountains, the beauty of the coastlines, the contrasts of the island. Despite the fear, it goes by very fast. Half an hour later, we left the helicopter with shaking legs and went to Saint Paul’s market.
I love going to local markets when I’m on vacation, and Saint Paul’s market is really nice : in addition to the very photogenic tropical fruits, you can find local crafts (Céline bought several baskets, perfect for the summer, at knock-down prices), hot pepper pasta, tinplate dishes to cook the typical curry and rougail, and of course local vanilla pods (it was impossible for me not to bring a few pods home, but I’ll tell you more about it in my next article).
Then we had lunch at the K’Banon, a lovely place to eat local food with your feet in the sand : we had toothfish cheeks and vanilla shrimps (yummy!) with a Mojito for me and a Pina Colada for Céline.
Finally, we enjoyed the beach of the LUX hotel (I’ll tell you more about it since I spent part of my weekend there) before Celine went to the airport and I went to the Villa Maïdo, which I will talk about in my next article. The beach gave me the opportunity to wear my Albertine swimsuit found on La Nouvelle Vague.
More about my trip very soon…
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Marché Saint Paul – à Saint Paul, sur le front de mer, le vendredi et le samedi.
Le K’BANON – Boulevard Leconte De Lisle – 97434 Saint-Gilles-les-Bains