The colonial Eureka House (Maison Eureka) is located on the island of Eureka.
As I understand it, aristocrat Eugène Le Clézio bought the estate from its founder, English businessman Carr, in 1856. There is a large tropical garden around the estate—the dream of a botanist or inexperienced inhabitant of the Northern latitudes. I love Creole cuisine and here I fully agree with Jacques de Marusem, who bought these wonderful gardens and in 1984 opened a museum and a restaurant of Creole cuisine. Smoked Marlin, ice cream fried in batter—these are just a few dishes that will brighten your stay on a hot day. This lovely place is located close to the former governor’s residence at Le Réduit.
Once the sun sets, the night stars come to Eureka House. The place is simply fascinating. It is comfortably situated at the base of the mountain range, near the town and the river Moka, named after the famous variety of coffee. Maybe it is thanks to this magical place, rich history and picturesque area that the talent of the famous heir and Nobel Laureate Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, who received the award in 2006, crystallized. My favourite drink coffee failed to be grown on an industrial scale, but the plant for the processing of sugar cane brought fabulous profits and gave its name to Eureka House.
Sugar cane—the sweet wealth of the island—takes a special place in my travel notes. I will tell you more about it later.
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