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© Viviane Perenyi 2012 - Crête d'Aurère Reunion Island

L’île intense, that’s the motto of my home island: La Réunion.
And intense indeed was my journey there.
Three weeks spent reconnecting with family, friends and the land that saw me grow up. Seven years have passed since my previous visit. So I notice many changes and at the same time everything remains familiar.

Looking back, there’s a couple of words that come into my mind to describe this place dear to me: multiple, contrast and blend.
Landscape, people, food or culture, they all can relate to those words.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Market Ile de la Réunion
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Boutik Lontan Ile de la Réunion

This journey is an opportunity for me to revisit old favourites and discover new spots too.
With my sisters, I stroll in the streets, dotted with renovated or old houses that add character to cities and little towns.
We also drive on one of the winding roads to the central and mountainous part of the island, listed world heritage site by UNESCO, and walk in a small fraction of the national park. I feel small and humble surrounded by the vertiginous slopes.
Back to the coast, we visit the East, primarily land of agriculture, dominated by patchwork of cane fields; The South, le sud sauvage as we call it, shaped by the presence of the nearby and active volcano, la Fournaise; And the West, home to beaches, surfers and paragliders.
I enjoy all the best each place has to offer.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Sud Sauvage Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Cane Field & Vanilla Plant Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Banyan Tree & Lava Reunion Island

People are also the ones who make La Réunion so special. It’s a blend, the result of history that brought many ethnic groups to live together and gave birth to a racial and colourful mix.
I smile when my little niece brings me a card game -Happy Families- to play with her. She hands me over the cards and I discover that the game given to her at school counts seven families named Kaf’ (from East Africa), Yab’ (from Europe & France), Chinois (from Canton, China), Malbar (from South India), Zarab’ (from Gujarat, India), Malgache (from Madagascar) and Zoreil (French).
Later on this day, I dine with my old school friends and around the table we are like a microcosm of the reunionnaise population.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Local Architecture Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Indian Temple Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Detail Indian Temple Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Lambrequin Architecture Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Local Architecture Reunion Island

As diverse as the population, the reunionnaise food is influenced by the different cultures present on the island.
I savour all the food I did not get a chance to eat for so long: Traditional creole dish, such as cari bichique; little snacks such as samousa and bouchon bought in small roadside trucks; romazava (meat stew from Madagascar) expertly prepared by my mother; wonton soup (my favourite soup of all time); spicy achard (vegetable salsa); boucané (kind of smoked bacon); sarcive sausage; fresh coconut flesh and juice; juicy mango, sweet Victoria pineapple… And to top it all, a lot of ice-creams !

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Local Food Ile de la Reunion

In my sister’s garden there’s the delicate fragrance of ylang-ylang and frangipani flowers; And at night, ephemeral pithaya flowers open wide and attract bees in number. I have the chance to be greeted by a l’endormi (panther chameleon) a couple of days after my arrival. And we catch sight of slender paille-en-queues (whitetailed tropicbirds) in the sky, on our way to the south.
A short walk in the primary forest of Mare-Longue, a stroll in a botanic garden and the visit of a farm make us discover many other plants as interesting and colourful. The volcanic soil is indeed an ideal ground for a rich flora that counts many endemic species.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Sous la varangue Ile de la Reunion
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Reunion Island Flora
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Tropical Flora Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Panther Chameleon Endormi Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Cane Field & Frangipani Flower Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Fishing Reunion Island
© Viviane Perenyi 2012 - Roche Vert Bouteille Reunion Island

All good things come to an end and before I realise it, it’s time for me to say goodbye and board on the plane.
I’m so grateful for this trip.
A chance for me to keep like a kaleidoscope of colours, aromas, places and moments from mon péi and share it with you…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Grand Anse Beach Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi L'Ermitage Beach Reunion Island

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Summer Sampling

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Battle Hill Summit

This is the time when you want to spend much more time outside than in.
Sea breeze, sand on our feet and a brand new sunhat. A relax Christmas lunch on the beach, after a generous Christmas Eve dinner.
And the following days kept on at a leisure pace…
Walk to Battle hill summit and a grand view to enjoy as a reward.
Picnic nearby the river under a shady tree…
And loosing the notion of time. Just what holidays are made for.
Wherever you are, hope you’re enjoying your Holidays too.

© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Green Pasture
© 2011 Viviane Perenyi By the River
© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Summer Grass
© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Kick off Shoes
© 2011 Viviane Perenyi Berries

 © 2011 Viviane Perenyi Sheeps

See you next year !

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Here’s a new week. The end of Summer. And a bit of cheerful colours from New Zealand. Specially after what happened last week.

It was one of these beautiful week-end. Paprika and I had a lie-in. After a good breakfast, we prepared a quick lunch to take away. Just half an hour drive from home and we started the walk.

Slip slop slap, we walk in the first part under the green canopy of the bush with the sound of cicadas -so loud at times.
Then the track is open air and reveals the rolling hills, so distinctive of the Wellington region.
The path keeps on climbing and gives a great view of Porirua and Wellington harbours.
We finally reach the summit and discover on the opposite side, the outline of the Marlborough Sounds. Like a painting, the coast is topped with this long white cloud and framed by the gentle hills in the foreground.

I remember that I thought at that time, there is no better place and company to enjoy a lunch…

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