World Travel Magazine - - Island Breaks La Réunion -

where I stood, I could see the hori­zon of the In­dian Ocean seam­lessly meet azure skies. Réu­nion Is­land was made of so many di­verse el­e­ments and yet they smoothly blended into one an­other. This I un­der­stood as I ex­plored each of its in­di­vid­ual ge­o­graphic el­e­ments.

Three mil­lion years ago, vol­canic erup­tions re­sulted in the cratered land­scape of La Réu­nion. The Pi­ton des Neiges, at 3071 me­tres above sea level, is now ex­tinct leav­ing be­hind three lu­nar-like cirques or calderas on its ge­og­ra­phy— Mafate, Salazie and Ci­laos.

How­ever, the ex­ist­ing, Pi­ton de la Four­naise (Peak of the Fur­nace or ‘le Vol­can’), is one of the most ac­tive vol­ca­noes in the world. It stands at a height of 2632 me­tres and has erupted sev­eral times in his­tory. In 1977, enor­mous spews of lava flowed east­wards to­wards Sain­teRosa and mag­i­cally stopped at the doors of Notre Dame des Laves (Our Lady of the Lava).

The more re­cent 2007 lava flow joined the In­dian

Ocean af­ter drift­ing through RN2 (also known as Lava Road), be­tween Sainte-rosa and Saint Phillipe. On

Lava Road, black dried lava added a unique el­e­ment to the land­scape. I hopped from one mould to an­other and no­ticed the wrin­kles of cooled lava form im­pres­sive pat­terns. Some had white woolly cracks and oth­ers nur­tured stout green shrubs.

Later in the day, when I drove to con­trast­ing green land­scapes of Sainte Suzanne, I grew more cu­ri­ous about

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