The colours of Reunion Island

Reunion Island is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, about 200km southwest of its more famous neighbour, Mauritius. A French overseas department, Reunion is an island of stunning natural beauty. In addition, inhabited by a mix of French, Creole and Asian people, the island is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. Above all, it’s an island of colour! LOTS of colour. Here are sixteen photos portraying the colours of Reunion Island.


The beautiful Hotel de Ville or City Hall in St. Denis, the capital of Reunion.


The glorious white sands and multi-coloured lagoon in La Saline les Bains.


The Bourbon or Dodo beer is synonymous with Reunion. It’s one of my favourite beer logos!


And have some delicious spicy Creole sausages to go with Dodo beer!


The majestic Piton de Neiges, at 3,071m, the highest peak on the island.


The red, Mars-like landscape of the Plaine des Sables.


The lagoon-ringed west coast of Reunion.


The skate-park in the town of St. Pierre.

The lovely Saturday market in St. Pierre.

The lovely Saturday market in St. Pierre.


Chilling in a hammock above the Indian Ocean!


A stunning lagoon created by ancient lava flows.


The little village of Cayenne in the mountains of Cirque de Mafate.


Jace is a local Reunion artist who created the world-famous (faceless) Gouzou character. This is one of his biggest pieces in St. Denis.


The local rhum is absolutely superb!


Gorgeous Maloya dancers.


And last but not least, a stunning sunset!

Read more about Reunion Island on Velvet Escape.

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 Africa No Comments

Sunset on the Chobe River

The Chobe River is a tributary of the mighty Zambezi River and forms the border between Botswana and Namibia. The Chobe National Park is situated on the southern banks of the river and is home to large herds of elephants, hippo’s, antelopes and a wide variety of birdlife. One of the highlights of my trip to this region was the cruise on the Zambezi Queen and watching the sunset on the Chobe river from the top-deck, glass of vino in hand. 


Sunset on the Chobe River. Namibia lies on the right bank and Botswana on the left.


The horizon turned a fiery red as the sun set. Absolutely stunning!


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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 Africa No Comments

Sunset in Cape Town

I took this photo from the top of the Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town as the sun was setting, casting a bright yellow glow on Table Mountain. The hotel sure has amazing 360 degree views of the city, Table Mountain and Table Bay.


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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 Africa No Comments

Sunset at the Gulf of Aqaba

Aqaba is an important port town in Jordan and is situated on the Gulf of Aqaba. This little piece of coastline, bordering Israel and Saudi Arabia, is Jordan’s only access to the sea. The amazing coral reefs just off the shore make Aqaba a popular diving destination. This picture was taken at sunset from the luxurious Kempinski Aqaba Resort. The Israeli town of Eilat is situated on the right of the photo whilst the mountains behind which the sun is setting are in Egypt.


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Thursday, July 19th, 2012 Asia No Comments

A North Sea sunset

I took this shot while on the beach in Callantsoog, a small beach town north of Amsterdam. It was a spectacular sunset at the North Sea!

Read the accompanying post: “Holland At Its Best“.


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Monday, July 16th, 2012 Europe No Comments




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