A French-styled Paradise: Reunion Island

As you travel East of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, a speck of land lies. Many people have never even heard of it, much less toured. It’s called Reunion and it is one of the most incredible island utopias on the earth.

Extending out of the sea like a shelter covered in green, Réunion is a mysterious island that has a truly extraordinary variety of landscapes. You will see impressive peaks, emerald forests, falling waterfalls, soul-stirring views, dynamic seaside towns and a handful of white- or black-sand beaches – and of course the imposing Piton de la Fournaise, an example of the world’s most conveniently approachable volcano. With its remarkably diverse terrain, Réunion is a fantasy destination for enthusiasts of the outdoors. Hiking is the key activity, but canyoning, mountain biking, paragliding, diving, whale watching, rafting,   and horse riding are also easily available.

But it’s not only about the natural beauty of this land, the landscapes, and adrenaline rush here – Réunion has its cultural gems as well, including striking Creole construction in cute-as-can-be villages as well as colorful religious buildings and festivals.

For something to do on Reunion Island, there’s always a performance, a traditional program or a Kabar* planned across the four corners of this place. In Reunion, music is the hero of the daily lives of its natives, setting the tone for vacationers’ nights during the entire year.

A French-styled Paradise: Reunion Island
A French-styled Paradise: Reunion Island

5 Interesting Facts about Reunion Island

1. Since France and Reunion Island are legally not separate places, interestingly the flight between them is only a domestic flight. Granted, it takes 11 hours to get from one Paris to Reunion — but you’ll start and end your flight like any other domestic flight within France; there will be no immigration procedures or international security checks.

2. The capital is Saint-Denis, which is about 4.8 square miles or 12.4 square kilometers for those who follow the metric system and the population is  147,000

3. As it is a part of the EU, not surprisingly the Euro is the currency in Reunion

4. Interestingly Reunion Island was taken over by the French in 1643 and named as Bourbon. (Why did they have to change the name? Such a great name)

5.  Interestingly the culture of here is part of European, African, Indian, and Chinese. But Reunion Creole, arisen from French, is the commonly spoken dialect in this paradise.

What are you waiting for? Reunion Island is calling you!
Women on Their Own Trip: 5 Reasons you must visit Turkey

There are so many different reasons to travel to Turkey, and one could write a book on what all there is to see and do in Turkey. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should visit Turkey.

Turkey is a splendidly historical country with some of the finest cuisine you will ever get an opportunity to eat. The amazing scenery is varied from beaches to mountains and the great city of Istanbul. 

Women on Their Own Trip: 5 Reasons you must visit Turkey
Women on Their Own Trip: 5 Reasons you must visit Turkey

 Reason #1: The food is really Amazing:

Every section of Turkey has its very own food culture, there are unique ingredients and therefore the recipes are varied. Unknown to outsiders, Turkish cuisine is much more than the tasty kebab and baklava which are world-famous. Their food includes fresh seafood, a whole world of desserts (other than Baklava), opulent breakfast spreads, and of course the Ottoman classics, vegetable dishes, and much more.

Women on Their Own Trip: 5 Reasons you must visit Turkey
Women on Their Own Trip: 5 Reasons you must visit Turkey

Reason #2 Beautiful beaches:

The country has more than its share of beaches such as Bodrum, Kusadasi, Izmir, and Fethiye. The beaches have everything from secluded areas to the most happening beach parties. There are so many beaches to explore both on the Mediterranean and Aegean Coast.

Women on Their Own Trip: 5 Reasons you must visit Turkey
Women on Their Own Trip: 5 Reasons you must visit Turkey

Reason #3 Turkish baths:

What is a trip to Istambul without a visit to a Hamam? A visit to a Hamam, while touristy, is one of the most Turkish activities you can do while you are there. Almost all of Istanbul’s Hamams has a magnificent architecture that goes back to Ottoman times. Marble floors, soaring domes, graceful fountains, and brilliant tiles adorn the Hamam.

The attendants will be formidable, it is akin to a vigours rubdown and less of a relaxing spa. The bathing area is communal but separated by sex. Men will be given a local thin towel to drape around their waist, and women will be given a disposable bottom.

 The hamam experience has become synonymous with Turkey and is a favorite among many visitors. Being scrubbed and then washed and massaged in a cloud of soap foam is a truly spectacular way to unwind.

Women on Their Own Trip: 5 Reasons you must visit Turkey
Women on Their Own Trip: 5 Reasons you must visit Turkey

 Reason #4 Out of the world shopping:

Carpets, clothes, dry fruits, spices, lights, and so much more to shop while in Turkey. You will thank the airlines for having a restriction on the baggage allowance; otherwise one can go complete berserk while shopping here.

Women on Their Own Trip: 5 Reasons you must visit Turkey
Women on Their Own Trip: 5 Reasons you must visit Turkey

 Reason #5 The people:

Turkish are known for their intense hospitality and an opportunity to mingle with them is an experience of human relationships, as you walk into stores you are greeted with a cup of coffee or tea. Should you be fortunate enough to be invited to the home of Turkish family at the very minimum you will be offered endless cups of tea and snacks, a meal with a local family is something to be experienced.

Fortunately, we have an upcoming trip to Turkey, you can learn more about it here.

 All images are courtesy Pixabay

To learn more about Sleepless in Turkey –16 November, 2019 click here

 To learn more about our upcoming trips click here

 

Women on Their Own Trip: 5 Reasons you must visit Turkey
Women on Their Own Trip: 5 Reasons you must visit Turkey