This thirty mile wide island is French and the Euro is the currency and the easiest way to get there is from a direct flight from Paris. The capital city of St-Denis is surrounded on three sides by mountains and has restaurants, museums and local culture to explore. There are a number of unique Creole homes to tour too.
The word “friendly” does not do justice to the local Reunionnais’ approach to the tourist. In the gite, I stayed at in Plaine de Caffres, my jolly host Pascal offered me hot tea and advised me on the best hitchhiking strategies to get to the volcano, while he stood in his garden of oversized flowers. Then, as the sun fell, I set off determined to find the duck farm, where every edible item on the menu of its restaurant has some form of duck in it: duck livers, duck magret, duck confit, duck pate, duck soup…”