the Red Island

I’m back from a fantastic two week trip with my students from lycee horticole de Lomme to Madagascar.
We went on a botanical exploration and were totally delighted with the beauty and diversity of the Region we mostly stayed in : Analanjirofo, in the North East, not far from The Island of Sainte Marie.

We never came across the famous baobabs, who can be seen in the south, but saw many litchi, mango, coffee, tea, banana, orange, not to forget the clove trees, which gave its name to the region (jirofo = girofle in French, that is clove). The production of rice is major in the part too, and it was quite a common picture when we walked across villages, to see clove and rice drying on mats on the ground, with hens picking the odd grain…

clove and rice drying in the sun

Nov 16, 2010

2 comments to the Red Island

  • Catherine B

    A unique combination of African and Asian culture is the first thing which can be noticed. Despite of significant differences there is common elements that unify the population. It’s a wonderful place. Travelling is not easy as the country lacks well prepared infrastructure.

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