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Mamoudzou is the largest city on Mayotte. Mayotte is a little (144 square miles) group of little islands between Madagascar and Mozambique. Along with the islands of a country called Comoros, Mayotte used to be part of France, but when the Comoros claimed independence in 1975, Mayotte voted to stay as a French Department, just like Côte d’Or and Dordogne. The Comoros still claim Mayotte as their own, but nobody, including the UN agrees. Being a department very good deal for the people; this is a very poor place and the French aid is critical.

We sailed into a beautiful harbor, dotted with small yachts and were greeted in the port by dancing children. Boarding a huge ferry we crossed from Grand Terre to Petite Terre and went by bus to the village of Labattoir (this should have been a clue: abattoir=slaughterhouse) and thence to Lake Dziani. We climbed through a trash heap to a steep rock strewn path for 20 minutes in 99 degree heat to see the grand vista and .... the lake. You can see our view below, the small green crater lake with the white scum on it. We were invited to take photos of the spectacular panorama. You’re looking at it.

Next to Badamiers, a beach at low tide, with at least 150 feet of mud and broken things and garbage littering the shore. Then to a local restaurant where we were given a hacked off coconut, and finally to a vegetable market. Once back on Grande Terre we encountered a clothing market, with locals picking through bales of old tee shirts and children’s pants, likely donated by some of you.

All in all, we don’t recommend a visit here. Trivia was pretty good, however. When asked “What sport involves using a squidge to make a squat?” our brilliant teammate Michael Ingham knew the answer: tiddley winks.

Posted by HopeEakins 09:11 Archived in France

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Another interest post about a place I've never heard of. I find that I need to turn on the A/C after reading many of the descriptions however. Thanks for all the wonderful pix and comments. Miss you - love, BA

by Betty Anne Cox

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