Alexandra Richards

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Alexandra Richards ( grew up in Dorset, where she developed a love of rural life, the natural world and outdoor pursuits. During her studies at the University of Durham she spent a year on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, teaching English, practising her French, getting to grips with Creole and travelling the region. Later Alex evolved into a freelance travel writer and photographer and has written four editions of the Bradt guidebook Mauritius, Rodrigues and Réunion. In 2004, she undertook a writing/photography assignment travelling to Australia on a cargo ship via the Suez Canal, and has divided her time between Dorset and Australia ever since.

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6 unmissable activities in Mauritius, Rodrigues and Réunion

There's plenty to keep the energetic amused in the Mascarene Islands.


The slave who unlocked the vanilla secret

Pollinating vanilla is a tricky business but slave Edmond Albius unlocked the secret.


Narcotic indulgences of the pink pigeon

The pink pigeon’s continued existence has left some naturalists puzzled.