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MAURITIUS DISCOVERY
» 01 May 2011
L’AVENTURE DU SUCRE

Sugar World has become an absolute ‘must’ in the cultural and tourism scene of the island. Its remarkable conception and its very high pedagogical entertainment standards are easily at par with those found in Europe and elsewhere.

It pays tribute to the men and women of all communities who devoted their labour and their lives to the only livelihood of their country of that time: sugar.

It brings alive the Mauritian heritage of rolling and swaying cane fields, finely chiselled stone chimneys and its complex multicultural society, all inextricably linked to the development of the mother industry of this island.

L’Aventure du Sucre features three independent entities: - the Museum, the Village Boutik and the Restaurant « Le Fangourin »

This Museum is a spectacular exhibition inside a real sugar factory which stopped its industrial activity in 1999. All the original machinery is present and leads the visitor throughout the fairly complicated process of sugar production, the sugarcane plant and its end product, the sugar routes and the sugar markets. This industry is also the
link to the beginning of the history of Mauritius, its new immigrant population and the development of this young nation.

An array of interactive screens, large albums, texts, pictures, animated models and the odd quiz invite the visitor to participate and to learn. The giant screens in the dark, the huge wheels of the sugar mill, a puffing field locomotive and a live size ‘Chaland’ or sugar barge make this museum very lively and interesting.

The design of Sugar World makes it an attraction for one and all. Students
or scholars will find a vast database; specialists or laymen will discover and understand this fascinating country; journalists will grasp the opportunity of working in depth on
certain specific topics, the social development around a factory chimney, the slave trade or the importance of international agreements and sugar prices.

The Village Boutik looks up to a magnificent chimney. It offers a vast variety of by-products and sugar related souvenirs on the themes of the museum, (local craftsmanship, decoration, elegant and casual textiles, tableware, and a bookshop). Exclusively available at Sugar World are the delicious traditional confectioneries as well as the tasting of 15 unique and different types of unrefined special sugars, served with old rum. An absolute must for the sweet tooth!

A visit to ‘Le Fangourin’ Restaurant under its shaded veranda facing the plush garden of Beau Plan is a perfect end to a visit of Sugar World. The cuisine is typically regional with its relishing delicate exotic flavours.

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