Plaine Verte, Mauritius (Bustling green belt in the heart of Port Louis)

Plaine Verte, Mauritius (Bustling green belt in the heart of Port Louis)

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hi everyone welcome to Plaine Verte start the montage wow come on everyone they've got cannons awesome This is were people in the sixties would gather to watch TV this is where the public television  used to be sorry wow oh on this side that is so amazing oh man television it says so at the top and  that's where the tv would have been the people   just stood here all around and you'd have watched  your tv the man landing on the moon was seen here   they watched him land and the fa cup final of 1969  the 1969 fa cup final they watched here probably   more people watched that than the man landing on  the moon but what a fantastic piece of history   people just stood here and watched the fa  cup i don't even know who won in 69 i'm gonna   i'm just gonna go look that up you guys wait  here well all you Manchester fans you'll be happy to know that they beat Leicester  city on this tv in 1969 so go Manchester you're gonna be pretty tall to get up there i'm not sure and the walkie thing   wow look at the mountains walking through  the exercise place for the montage this is uh Abdul Razak Muhammad  park he was a Mauritian politician   who in the 1940s campaigned so that everybody  could vote including the Mauritian indians   because up to that point the system was very  much based on the 1880 constitution which you   have to be like a landowner and stuff to be able  to vote yeah so eventually they got it right in   1848 and they named this park after him yep and  it's got cannons it does indeed have cannons   there are four of them that i can make out and  what's weird about them all four of them i'll   show you them closer they're all pointing at  this fountain what did this fountain do wrong   because it looks like it's in a lot of trouble  they are closed off so they're not they're not   operational anymore yeah oh all right let's  get around here there's some writing on one beautiful looking cannon yeah  in case you accidentally find   a cannonball and decide yeah i'm going  to fire one of these that it says 1766 1766 these are like these are like  properly old cannons i'm gonna go   check the other one see if he's  also got a 1766 or what he's got   uh it's a little bit hard to read  but that one definitely had yeah i know it's only on that one it's only on  that one wow what a great start what a great start   we go let me just move that out of the way 1768 wow wow wow those trees are beautiful but  this must be cannon park i know Riki said it was some other park but  they're more cannons this park is   really nice i can imagine if you brought kids  they could cycle like crazy around these tracks you could take a whole little route and really  really nice this looks like an old lamp they   used to have the lights on there i did check  and they've been converted to electricity so but there's no light on top oh because they've got  newer lights yeah let me show you near the cannons   i've got the new led lights wow i think these cannons are even older  you can't even read there's no more   no no age left on them but they look very old  oh wow parked with cannons and there's more   this park runs two kilometers down through the  heart of Port Louis we're gonna explore some of it pigeons what do you know Riki is right again so that's his park and he's being protected by the   cannons here and his fountain is being  protected by the cannons further up   and there's even some guys selling some  vegetables here on the side of the road photo bombed sometimes you're just going to take the weight off  yeah yeah anything in a park is perfect for that   and you can really see from behind you that this  is Plaine Verte which means green wow this is very   green there are some new places around here as  you can see there with the clinic and everything   um there are modern but you also got these really  old buildings here so you can see you can see   some of the really old ones here and in 1860 uh  Nicholas Pike nicholas park came through here   and said wow this could be quite a cosmopolitan  area so let's see any evidence if that happened   probably one of the original houses you can just  make it through there wow oh the the wood is   actually rotting away a little bit so maybe i'll  be a little bit careful but how is this indoor   football indoor outdoor miniature football i don't  really know but how well protected is this field   they must have real battle clashes like Mad Max  in the Thunderdome sort of thing how's this tree   wow but that that is cool i did show you the clinic earlier and  say it was a modern building but it's   actually always been a clinic here for  a long long time wow beautiful clinic   and i love the stone wall i love the stone  wall it is new the stone wall is new but the   clinic has been here a long time relatively  new the new one was inaugurated in 1968. yeah a swimming pool well it had to happen  this is not a roman ruin but it must be roman welcome to Rome Plaine Verte municipal swimming pool wow so this is actually really nice  it's an indoor swimming pool wow   great buildings and all along the edge are these  these long back buildings with these balconies   sticking forward like the roman one i showed you  but they're quite a few all the way down it's very   much a residential area it is a residential  area and it's also getting too full yes they   are starting to worry that there are too many  people here and either they must build higher up   or people must move and those are the two choices  so they're probably going to build higher up this is a treatment center  for anti-drugs in the park It's dr Idris Goomanie who traces back to his grandfather who came and they couldn't  get so the guy who saved the people   Point Aux Cannoniers okay so it's named after him wow and all  around there is signs of of things happening   this is a new construction going on down there  and across the road old buildings for new   well that's what it feels like and  our guide is waiting up just ahead decent sidewalks yeah decent  sidewalks beautiful sidewalks   and good drainage yes look at that wow what a great old house wow yeah this here is the children's playground as you can  see it's it's they've been promising to actually   uplift it a bit and it's not it's not that great  and unfortunately they have to have locked it up   so that children can't come and play in it at  the moment it needs to be updated to bring to   bring the children back and have them playing in  the park rather than playing on the xboxes yeah   wow what a beautiful old wooden house and  it looks like it's got the corrugated on top   wow so corrugate and wood we're gonna have to get  closer and have a look this actually looks like   original stone wall now i am gonna pull you over  and see if we can't get a better view up there   but the sun is in the wrong position wow what  a great house wow and history in this place   and that was probably made at the same time as  their children's park our guide who's actually   leading us around has asked for your guys help  wow it's actually a really lovely kiosk this   i would call a pavilion but like Riki has just said this is actually a kiosk   and that's what they called in in Mauritius yeah  nice place where you can get out of the sun yeah   and more gym equipment you see they they're  putting gym equipment everywhere but   the park needs a bit of a renovation our host  our host who's leading us around and telling   us some of this stuff is a very firm believer in  fixing that park up so guys give them a hand last   i'll say on the park there's something we have  to visit i'm just gonna swing you guys around   i believe that's the citadel yes strutting away from the kiosk for the montage they're actually very pleasant oh  there's a citadel in the background   yeah beautiful street shops and everything along  the streets everything you need but you can nice   take a nice stroll through the park it's really  nice i suggest come here on a sunday or something   wow this is so peaceful in the center of Port  Louis Plaine Verte with these beautiful old trees   now there's something that used to happen here  somewhere in this park they're not 100 % sure   but this feels right has that vibe about it they  used to do the executions here all the executions   for Mauritian prisoners who were sentenced to  death were executed here and there was a time   when they didn't have a guillotine actually i  don't think they ever had a no they never had   a guillotine in Mauritius they used an axe yeah yeah  i know it gives it gives you the heebie-jeebies   yeah and it actually feels like a chair because  now i've got this like weird thing down my spine   could have happened here could have been up there  where that that football field is we just don't   know and there were public executions public  yeah they used to have the public executions   people would come and i don't know jiren whatever  they would do sidetracked pretty berries look   how gorgeous those are yeah so i'm getting the  feeling that this might have been the spot because   the police station is there and it probably  would have been the police station there all its   time so maybe this is the place where the  executions happen but it is a beautiful park look at this thing it's gonna be great when it's  finished and more stuff that way it looks like a   petanque court let's go see if it is this is for those guys in Shri Nagar this is where you play cards this is the petanque court quite a few courts  here but look at that house across the way there   okay we're gonna have to get closer that  beautiful petanque system with benches these banyan trees were actually here when the  French colonized so it's i've just been told they   can live up to 5000 years i'm not sure how true  that is but it's possible i'm sure they can live   indefinitely because of the way they drop their  roots and make a new tree so they're ever renewing   themselves but when the French were here these  trees were here which means at least 300 years old top end of the park is very  safe but the bottom end is a   don't come here alone let's  just say come with a friend this fountain here is actually the symbol  of Plaine Verte and it's on Gaddafi square wow and it has the food court that's pretty cool it's very deadly can't take it anymore wow the symbol of Plaine Verte with a million pigeons this blue building is a guesthouse now but it used to be a hotel   and they actually had a display  of lights electrical lights   you can just make it up at the top there that used  to be where they had the electrical light display   way way back just at the dawn of  electricity in Port Louis to some pigeons oh okay that was a little bit of fun running  after some pigeon but this is the old food court this is an actual indoor market so everyone's  selling their oh and there's fishing things i'm guessing that they do meats and things in here   it's probably very quiet today because  it's a sunday yeah but there we go wow that's how you put your price up nice wooden  thing so 15 there and 20 there easy to tell   yeah Nicholas Pike actually mentioned a market so  i imagine that this is the same site where it's on   probably a more modern building but he said it was  very convenient for the people of this area to not   have to go all the way to Port Louis and it makes  sense it does right so this is saint Francois road because saint Francois church is farther down that  way but it's a little bit outside of uh Plaine Verte but we're gonna go check out saint  Paul's which is the oldest in Plaine Verte Bryan and our kind guide crossing the street Bonjour You've got a wooden house there yes another wooden house we'll have a look at that  in a second but look at this beautiful fountain   here i know it's surprising but the detailing on  it is epic look at the roses at the bottom and wow   and then on there it looks like a lizard whoa  really really old and oh that's saint Paul's   church in the background we'll have a look  at that in a minute what a beautiful fountain wow this is a beautiful old wooden house and they're built on with wood on the front there as well but what's really cool about this wooden house here this is the front bit i don't know  if it's been refinished or if it's new but it's   right next to an old stone  building look at that wow this place is just full of  surprises full of surprises crossing the road yeah this is saint Paul's church it was um partially destroyed during a cyclone apparently there was an organ in  there i don't know if it's still   there but it was destroyed it looked like  old plumbing that's how bad the cyclone was   yeah it was probably rebuilt  after 1868 and when the cyclone was but it stood yeah before that looks like a sausage  treat to me but probably just a calabash tree   oh and there's quite a few of them oh yes  and remember the fountain that we saw at the   that what was it called Souillac this is exactly like  the fountain at Souillac in other words they probably   bought its twin so the twin fountain for this  one is sitting at the courthouse in Souillac awesome wow look at that building it's  a double-story wooden building   it must be original because  look at the stone around it wow wow i wish we could get into that this is the mosque for the sunni muslims but look  at the detailed work on the door wow i mean that   looks like marble i'm not sure just gonna  have a quick look does look like marble wow   beautiful beautiful work we're going to  get run over by a bus we'll stay here   awesome how is this bus stop wow this is the end of Plane Virde but we'll take you back up the street come and join us how awesome is this  building though wow beautifully cut stone it's the toilet so the toilets are here well i would just like to thank Hussein who  has the Facebook page i'll put the link in the   description below that actually brought us here  to Plaine Verte okay you can come and join my group come and join us go join them on  facebook link below guys and it's   thanks to him that we actually were  able to come and visit here thank you quite a lot of hustle and bustle behind me even  on a sunday and unfortunately a lot of the shops   are closed and well you know us we'll soldier  on but that's the beautiful park over there and italian flag yeah unfortunately the lady  who sells the most amazing pootoo is closed   so we're gonna have to come back another time  this is the islamic cultural college and it's   for boys this is the boys ones and it's the oldest  one in the area but just up ahead is the oldest   women's college or girls college muslim college  down there we'll get to in a minute a little   bit tricky but behind this gate is something  beautiful look at that i hope you can see it wow   oh man i'm hoping that footage comes out because  that place looks awesome from across the street   and this year is the girls college  so when i said the the boys was the   oldest in in this area this is the  oldest girls college i think i think in Mauritius there's a flask of hot tea awesome that's a pretty cool gate wow i don't know if you've noticed in the videos that  all this traffic parked on the side of the road is   literally parked on the side of the road it is  full all the way back to that mountain of cars   parked on the side of the road wow Plaine Verte it it's a little bit a bit of green in the heart of Port Loius what's more appropriate to leave it then  with a bit of green grass and the green cannon   well everyone thanks for watching see you next time

2021-05-12 03:19

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