‘La Pointe Koenig’ at the very end of ‘Les Salines Pilot’ in Rivière Noire is a place I knew well as a child as at the time it was privately owned and I had the opportunity to go there from time to time with my family.
I really have fond memories of the place and some some weird ones too like seeing my first and only UFO! Well now as an adult I do think there’s probably some reasonable and logical explanation to the weird lights we saw that one night, but I still don’t have that explanation. As a child I just know that it scared the h*ll out of me!
I also had the very sore experience of stepping on a ‘piquant loulou’, a thorny branch from a little bush that grows a lot in the area. It has big thorns that grow at diagonally opposed angles and two of these big thorns went straight into my foot so that if you tried to take one out, the other would sink in. I still shudder when I think about it today.
The building is set in such a way that the kitchen and dinning-lounge area are on the far left and bathroom area on the far right, with the 4 or 5 bedrooms in-between.
There were two cannons outside where we spent hours and hours playing. If I’m not mistaken, only this one is still there nowadays.
Close by, we could also eat a lot of the weird tasting ‘pomme jacquot‘ as there was a tree, often full of them, at proximity. And a little further in the garden, there is also a Martello tower, hidden in the Casuarina trees, just like the one in La Preneuse.
Another fond memory I have of the place is when we went for walks along the beach looking for things in the sea and on the beach. The water is too shallow for a swim, but there was plenty of weird ‘bêbêtes’ (molluscs, bivalves & fish) that could be found and we had fun finding them. A lot more than what we found when we went to look for some at low tide in Rodrigues.
From the beach, there is also a nice view of Le Morne mountain. On a very clear day, at dusk mostly, it is also sometimes possible to see Reunion Island, that is some 140 miles away.
Some of the activities we most enjoyed, our parents did not nearly approve of! We played a lot in the little ‘marshland like’ area that was behind it. We usually had to escape their supervision and run there to feel our feet sink into the gooey, slimy and weird mud texture oozing through our toes!
We also liked climbing the big Tamarind tree in front of the rooms.
Not too long ago, during one of our boat trips in the La Preneuse lagoon we stopped close by to have a look at the place. I was quite saddened to see that it was in a totally abandoned state and in very bad shape. Everything that could be stolen had actually been stolen: from the wooden structures to floor boards, cut stones and even some of the ceramic tiles.
I guess for this one, I better keep my wonderful memories of the place and let go of the reality…
What about you? Do you also have a place like this one that you are fond of because it holds a lot of childhood memories? Where is that place? What memories do you have there? Share with us in the comments below.