Another great article. However you have again made the terrible mistake of mentioning food with no translations or recipes!!! Not even Babelfish or Bing will give me a translation for "carri ti jaque or a rougail saucisse".
I love to see flowers, fruits and trees from other places, and love to find out which of them can be used for food too. I like a combination in my garden, ornamentals and 'useful' plants, and if I find some that are both, I'm in Heaven.
I have always wanted to go to Madagascar for the wildlife and music, and now seeing all these amazing articles you write, I'm thinking of making an "island tour" on my next trip to Africa. Start in Kenya, maybe, for a base, then see Reunion, Lamu, Zanzibar, Madagascar and ??
I usually travel in September and October, but maybe wouldn't see too much in bloom then, as I believe all of where I want to go is in the southern hemishere. Should I change and go maybe April/May? Or - when would you suggest? A season with lots of ripe fruits and flowers would be perfect.
Thank you so much for broadening our horizons with your tales of the fascinating life you live.
No way to translate 'carri ti jaque', or even to explain about it, you have to come to Reunion and order it in a local restaurant, Babelfish could give you any relevant idea of the taste and texture of the dish...
Both ornamental and edible? Nasturtium is a good choice, great in gardens and good in salads, very rich in C.vitamins.
You can fly directly from Antananarivo to Reunion island, probably from Kenya to Madagascar. September/October is fine as the weather gets warmer (august is winter here, an unbearable 20°C!) but you don't get the heavy rains and cyclones which start in November and go to March. We get flowers and fruits all year round (yes, lucky folks, aren't we?) but full mango and litchi season is only December-January.
You are more than welcome.