People in Port Louis

We went to Port Louis in Mauritius during our vacation to visit the renowned market. We were not the only ones walking the street that day: some were doing their shopping for food or for goods; while others were tourists like us enjoying the ambience of this Indian Ocean island.

Streets of Port Louis, Mauritius (1). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

When you first come out of the market, you do not see too many faces. There are people out and about, but you are not jostled by crowds of people.

Streets of Port Louis, Mauritius (2). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

This is not surprising as the entrances and exits of the meat market and the fresh fruit & vegetable market are not filled with people. But walk further down to where the most human traffic can be found, and you see a swarm of people.

Streets of Port Louis, Mauritius (3). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

People are out shopping and going about their business, used to the crowds and bustle of the streets. Voices are heard, and colourful sights are seen.

Streets of Port Louis, Mauritius (4). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Brightly coloured umbrellas shade vendors selling their wares in the hope that a passer-by may stop to buy an item.

Streets of Port Louis, Mauritius (5). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

At times they are lucky and a customer stops by to exchange goods for a few rupees.

Streets of Port Louis, Mauritius (6). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

We enjoyed our day walking the streets of Port Louis. We took in everything: the colour, the sounds, and the smells. A different experience to what we see when we walk among the people of Toronto.

Do you enjoy visiting local markets?

(Join Jake every week for a theme for creative inspiration. This week’s prompt is: People)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

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47 thoughts on “People in Port Louis

  1. I love to visit outdoor markets and to enjoy the friendly people and the food and the atmosphere. I like the colored umbrellas.

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  2. Being a local i don’t like port louis, its too crowdy, dirty and has lot of old and crumbling buildings, most of the downtowns are alike. But i hope it changes with time 😉

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    1. Unfortunately it will change only when money is poured into cleaning up the infrastructure and hawkers are no longer allowed to sell on the streets. Not something I see happening in the near future.

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