We decided on a late holiday in 2017, so as November 5th celebrations were taking place, and the pace of Christmas was gaining momentum, we left the country behind for a couple of weeks on Mauritius, stopping over for a few days in Dubai en route. The destination was no quick decision as we were looking to make a journey that ticked several boxes not previously experienced. Combining desert, rain forest, excellent walking, tropical climate and a little adventure whittles down the choice of destinations; but having done some of the groundwork for the trip before parking it a few years ago meant that revisiting the idea was fairly easy.
In our usual style, we forsook shopping in Dubai, and lounging on tropical Mauritian beaches for a more active alternative. Shoe leather, sweat and calories were lost in abundance. Boiled and blasted by sand in Dubai, followed by uncomfortable humidity and tropical downpours in Mauritius, allowed us to experience a little of both countries. For the first time, I used my full Leica TL system, which in itself was a voyage of discovery as it finally gave me the opportunity to test its strengths and weaknesses. Ethan used his trusty Pentax K-3 and a bunch of prime lenses (leaving his 20-40mm zoom at home). As with previous Travel Diary projects, selecting a sample of images from a vast collection was difficult; it is easy to showcase the most artistic examples, failing to achieve the intended purpose.
Here are just over sixty images to share with you. Not technically the best we have, their purpose is to tell a story.