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Passion For Motherland Returns To London


Founded by Congolese Supermodel Lisette Mibo in London, Passion for Motherland (PFM) mission is to empower street children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, specifically in its capital Kinshasa. This empowerment movement occurs through the provision of shelter, education, healthcare, rehabilitation and family mediation programmes, as well as economic tools such as micro-economic loans.

In its 4th-edition now, Passion for Motherland (PFM) is getting ready for its annual fundraising event this summer in the metropolitan city of London, on Saturday, 20th August 2016 – from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm – at the Holiday Inn Hotel Regents Park.

Moved by the urge to put people together, Founder Lisette Mibo and the entire team behind her is aiming to raise funds and build awareness around the cause of street children in the DR Congo. For the past three consecutive years, Supermodel Lisette Mibo aims to further support existing charities running empowering projects at grassroots level in her home-country. Changing the narratives, through charity, the Congolese Model turned Humanitarian will once again bring crowds together, help showcase new talents in the Fashion, and Cultural industries, help entertain the guests while raising money for the night.


The 4th edition of Passion for Motherland (PFM) will be a combination of a vibrant fashion show with live music, powerful poetry and a variety of specialist African stalls.
This year’s showcase is particularly important because all funds raised will be dedicated to supporting two projects:

– The initial construction of our very own shelter in Kinshasa, which will provide a safer environment for up to 300 street children over the next 3 years;
– Supporting Charité et Secours (CHARISECOURS), one of the organisations already helping street children on very limited budget.



Tickets: Standard £25 – Front row/VIP: £50 – Limited VIP Tables: £100

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Mauritius Chic Contemporary Beaches & Resorts

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With a vast range of world-class resorts to suit just about every pocket and preference, Mauritius is an island located in the Indian Ocean near Reunion and Rodrigues islands. Clear warm colored blue turquoise water, and endless white beaches with coconut trees make Mauritius an ideal tropical dream beach holiday destination.

Mauritius Island offers the visitors a large variety of beautiful white sandy beaches and blue lagoons. Mauritius is said to be the paradise of the Indian Ocean.

Its large lagoons lined with fine white sand are the embodiment of paradise to those who want to enjoy the sea and the sun. All around the island, large strips of beaches offer unbeatable relaxing possibilities.

The coastline of Mauritius is approximately 330 km long and nearly everywhere you can find the nice sandy beaches. Another big advantage of Mauritius is that the entire island is surrounded by coral reefs which have created big lagoons all around. These lagoons not only beautiful with crystal clear water, but also provide calm water conditions, ideal for swimming, bathing and snorkeling.

On many of these beaches you are sure to find hotels and beach resorts. However it is important to know that all beaches of Mauritius are public. Most Mauritius public beaches are safe for bathing and swimming, and ideal for coastal walks and scenic sightseeing.

TROPICS Magazine hereby takes you through a journey to discovering Mauritius Chic Contemporary Beaches & Resorts, enjoy!


North Coast Beaches of Mauritius

The North is famous for the plenty activities on its beaches offering water sports such as waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, deep sea fishing, and parasailing. In the evenings you will get to enjoy amazing views on the sunset, and also selection of trendy bars and restaurants situated with close proximity to the beach.

Grand Bay, Pereybere, Cap Malheureux and Grand Gaube all offer beautiful beaches.

Grand Bay is one of Mauritius most touristic villages with beautiful beaches and crystal clear lagoon. Also, Grand bay is famous for the many water activities available there or departing from its bay such as: water skiing, windsurfing, yachting, catamaran cruises, deep sea fishing and sailing trips.

The most popular beaches of the North region of Mauritius are: Trou aux Biches, Mont Choisy, La Cuvette, Grand Bay Public Beach, Pereybere.



The Trou aux Biches beach is located at the North West of Mauritius few kilometers South West of Grand Bay. Many refer to Trou aux Biches as the best beach in Mauritius considering the sand quality, weather conditions and available facilities along the beach.

The beach is about 2km long, with white powder like sand. The beach is protected by the coral reef which in some parts almost reaches al the way to the beach. This makes Trou aux Biches also a great beach for snorkeling.

Trou aux Biches beach is great for sunbathing, spending a day with the family as well as snorkeling and other kinds of sports activities. During the afternoon you are sure to have a spectacular view on Mauritian sunset.

The beach is easily accessible as bus stations are situated right in front of it. The buses go from the beach all the way to Port Louis from one side, or Grand Bay the other side.



The public beach of Mont Choisy is situated between Pointe aux Cannoniers and Mont Choisy about 4km south west of Grand Baie and a little north east of Trou aux Biches beach.

The Mont Choisy beach is almost 3 kilometers in length with white sand bends around the coast creating a bay of beautiful turquoise water, lined with the casuarina trees which provide shade from the Mauritian summer sun.

During the week the beach is quite empty and only few locals and tourists visit the beach. On the weekends the beach is busy with Mauritians who come to spend their weekend at the beach with their friends and families.

This is why in case you are looking for a more quite and intimate beach atmosphere make sure to visit the beach during the weekdays and not during the weekends.

Many sports activities such as jogging, aerobic and waterskiing are available along the beach. There is even a nice football field just beside the beach where you can join the locals for a friendly football game.

The Mont Choisy beach is easily accessible by bus from Port Louis, Grand Baie and from all the other villages along the North West coast of Mauritius (such as Balaclava, Pointe aux Piments…).



The Pereybere beach is located 2 kilometers east of Grand Baie and is easily accessible when driving from Grand Baie along the main coastal road heading east direction of Cap Malheureux.

The Pereybere beach is very popular with both locals and tourists staying in Pereybere or in the neighboring Grand Baie. Because the water at the lagoon is quite deep and crystal clear, it makes for great snorkeling.

Pereybere beach is full of life with fast food stalls scattered along the beach selling kebab, sandwiches and also fresh pineapple.

Also, few meters from the beach you will find many bars and restaurants serving Chinese, Mauritian and International cuisine.



The public beach of La Cuvette is very close to the center of Grand Bay.

The beach is situated near the Royal Palm hotel and you can reach it when heading from Grand Bay center to Pereybere. The beach is quite small and intimate.

The water is very calm and the beach is clear of rocks and corals. It is very nice to walk from the beach along the coast until reaching the center of Grand Bay.



The Grand Bay public beach is situated at the very center of Grand Bay and it is impossible to miss.

Due to the very active boat and catamaran traffic inside the bay, the public beach has only a small area in which you can enter the water.

Although there is no doubt the beach is very nice and provides great view of both Grand Bay and the beautiful bay, you should take into account that due to all the boat traffic inside the bay, the water is probably not as clear as in the other beaches.

The Grand Bay public beach is easily accessible by walk from anywhere in Grand Bay and you enjoy range of facilities offered on and along side the beach such as fresh juice stands, fast food stalls, beach restaurants and many more.


East Coast Beaches of Mauritius

East is wilder and less developed than other parts of Mauritius and is offering a spectacle view of wild nature. The white beaches of Blue Bay, Palmar and Belle Mare stretch endlessly along the coast, fringed on one side by the shady green casuarinas trees and edged by the lagoon on the other side. Along the east coast the beaches are more virgin with less beach facilities and are also less crowded than the beaches at the North of the Island.

The most popular beaches of the East region of Mauritius are: Blue Bay, Belle Mare and the beaches of the Ile aux Cerfs Island.



The Blue Bay beach is situated at the South East of Mauritius not far from the port city of Mahebourg. This is one of those beaches where it is simply hard to get a bad picture. The contrasts are amazing. Once you reach Blue Bay beach, you will realize where the name comes from. The sea is crystal clear with many different blues shinning from any angle.

Blue Bay Beach can get quite crowded on weekends with locals heading from Mahebourg to enjoy some relaxation on this beautiful beach. During the week, the beach is quite empty and you will have this beautiful beach almost for yourself.

The beach is perfectly suited for swimming and relaxing. It is also possible to enjoy a very nice stroll along the beach seeing small beautiful bays away from the public.

Blue Bay is also very famous for the Blue Bay marine park which is the first and biggest marine park in Mauritius. Blue Bay Marine Park is an ideal destination for snorkeling trips.

The Blue Bay Beach is easily accessible from Mahebourg. You can take a direct bus to the beach or use a local taxi for the short drive.



The Belle Mare beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Mauritius. The Belle Mare is one of the longest if not the longest beach of Mauritius. The beach starts at Belle Mare village and stretched all the way south till the village of Trou dÈau Douce.

It’s known for calm waters as there is a great deep lagoon that runs between the shoreline and the beach. The Belle Mare beach sand is very white and pristine.

Because of its length the beach of Belle Mare is perfectly suited for sport activities like jogging and walking along. The walking along this beautiful beach is a real treat.

The Belle Mare beach is also famous for its unique combination of colors. The turquoise deep blue lagoon ends, changes to turquoise crystal clear water in the beach area and ends up in a white clean beach which is bordered to lush green grassland covered by many trees and plants.

This Belle Mare beach lies vacant for most of the week. During weekends the Belle Mare beach fills up with many locals from the surrounding villages.



Just off the east coast of Mauritius and easily accessible from Mauritius mainland by boats, situated the paradise island of Ile aux Cerfs.

The Ile aux Cerfs Island is located inside the large east coast lagoon and as such it benefits the calm waters of the lagoon and the beautiful crystal clear colors.
As you approach the island by boat, you will see the swaying palm trees and the pure white beaches framed by the vivid turquoise waters of the lagoon.

When visiting Ile aux Cerfs you should better dedicate a full day for spending on the island enjoying the many facilities and excursions offered on it.

Ile aux Cerfs Beach has full facilities for the benefit of its visitors. There are restaurants that cater to almost every palate, local bazaar, water sports kiosk and of course the beautiful Ile aux Cerfs beach which surrounds the entire Island.

Ile aux Cerfs, as one of Mauritius most popular tourist destination is pretty busy with tourists through the all week.


South Coast Beaches of Mauritius

The south of Mauritius is considered to be a more virgin region of the Island providing wilder scenery.

The south of the Island is also known for its high sea cliffs and for the dramatic sights of the big waves crushing against the rocks. The reason for the big waves is the breaks in the coral reef at that area which allow the waves to reach all the way to the coast. This makes the sight of Mauritius south coastline very dramatic and picturesque.

The beaches on the Southern part of the island are not recommended for swimming. Usually the area is made up of quite high cliffs which most of the time directly fall into in the sea. Also, due to the fact the island is not protected at this area by the reef, the sea currents are very strong and can be dangerous.

The most popular beaches of the South region of Mauritius are: St Félix, Riviere des Galets and Gris Gris.



The Riviere des Galets beach is located between Souillac and Bel Ombre. The beach is easily accessible when driving on the coast road heading east from Souillac.

Riviere des Galets beach is a great place to enjoy a great view of the sea and the big waves crashing on the shore. Here you can smell the sea, feel the wind breeze and enjoy a beautiful view of the south mountain range.

Few minutes walk from the beach found the small island Ilôt Sancho. The island is reachable by walk from the beach of the Riviere des Gallet by crossing the very shallow sea on this spot.

Ilôt Sancho itself is very small and it is possible to do a complete circle of the island in several minutes. The walk on the island is quite nice, and you will have a great view on the south coast. The sea at Ilôt Sancho does not suit swimming.



The beach of St. Felix is located at the very south of the Island between the towns of Belle Ombre and Soulliac. The St. Felix is considered the most beautiful beach of the south of Mauritius (excluding the Le Morne peninsula).

St Felix is actually consisting of two small separated beaches of which the more eastern beach is a little more recommended to visit.

The beach itself is very beautiful, the sand is white and the sea offers mixtures of blues, from a light turquoise to a darker blue. Also, the many trees and greenery along the coastline provide a dramatic colors contrast to the beach and sea.

Swimming and bathing is not possible at St Felix due to the strong sea currents and the many corals scattered along the beach.

The beach is very quite during weekdays and it offers ideal quite, relaxed gateway.



The Gris Gris beach is located at the South of Mauritius few kilometers south east of the village of Souillac. When driving on the coast road heading east from Souillac you will see a sign leading to the beach of Gris Gris.

Gris Gris beach offers the visitors a magnificent view from the top of its cliffs. This part of the island is not surrounded by coral reefs which causes the thick waves crash directly on the cliffs creating big splashes of water.

Beside the beach there is a small garden offering many quite spots for you to relax on one of the many benches while having a view of the sea, waves and rock cliffs. From the garden there is a way which brings you down to a small beach where you can admire the view of the sea from close.

The most spectacular part of Gris-gris is the “Roche Qui Pleure” where the constant squashing of waves against the flanks of the cliff gives the impression that the cliff is crying.


West Coast Beaches of Mauritius

Enjoy beautiful beaches and magnificent sunsets along the West coast of Mauritius.

Flic en Flac one of the most popular beaches of the western side of the island offers a blue turquoise lagoon with shallow water. The Tamarin and Le Morne beaches are well known in Mauritius and also worldwide as ideal destinations for surfers where the waves and wind conditions provide ideal conditions for surfing.

The west coast beaches are quite popular with both tourists and the local Mauritian population.

The most popular beaches of the West region of Mauritius are: Flic en Flac, Tamarin and Le Morne.



The beach of Flic en Flac is located on the west coast of Mauritius between the village of Albion and Tamarin.

The Flic en Flac beach (which means “Free and Flat Land” in Dutch) is one of the longest beaches of Mauritius. The beach continues almost all the way to the village of Tamarin and as such is ideal for a great 1 hour beach walk.

The beach is great for bathing, swimming, snorkeling and for spending a day of relaxation with your partner, family and friends.

The beach of Flic en Flac has white sand and a turquoise blue lagoon. The beach is entirely protected by the coral reef and offers best swimming possibilities without strong sea currents.

When entering the sea be aware of the corals and especially of the sea urchin which are very common in this area. Stepping on a sea urchin can be very painful and this is why it is highly recommended to wear sandals or swimming shoes when entering the sea.

The highlights of Flic en Flac are the beautiful sunsets which fill the sky with range of colors. The sight of the sun disappearing in the sea with the remarkable scenery of the beach all around is quite breathtaking.

During weekdays the beach of Flic en Flac is quite empty while in the weekends the beach can become quite busy with many locals from the surrounding villages and towns.



The Tamarin Beach is situated at the bay of Tamarin between Flic en Flac and the village of Black River.

The sight of the Tamarin beach including also the Tamarain bay and the Black River mountain range in the background is quite impressive and makes the visit to Tamaran beach a worthwhile.

The sand of the Tamarin bay is yellowish and consists of soft sand mixed with little stones. The sea in this area is clear from corals, stones and sea urchins.

The river of Tamarin cuts the beach in two parts. You can pass from one part to the other by crossing the river by foot.

Furthermore the Tamarin bay has no coral reef protecting most of the bay. This is why when the sea if ruff outside the reef, also inside Tamarin Bay the sea may be little ruff and you should be aware of possible strong sea currents which can pull you out into the deep sea.

Also, due to the lack of coral reef protecting the bay on many occasions you will see waves reaching all the way to the beach.

All these make the Tamarin Bay a great beach for bathing in the sea, swimming (In the shallow water) and also for surfing and enjoying the medium height (about 1m) waves.

The Tamarin Beach is quite empty during the week while during the weekends many locals come to the beach with their families. On Friday and Saturday night, it is very popular to come and set-up camftire along the beach and the Tamarin bay.



The Le Morne peninsula is situated on the south west tip of Mauritius. The beaches of Le Morne are located on the west part of the Le Morne peninsula on the foot of the Le Morne Brabant.

Many of the Le Morne beaches are now the setting of a top class hotels, with that the public beach of Le Morne which is easily accessible from the main road, is a great beach in the same level of the other beaches in the area.

The public beach of Le Morne is a beautiful beach with white coral sand, very clear waters providing great visibility, trees scattered along the beach, and beautiful scenery with the Le Morne Mountain as an impressive background.

The Le Morne beach is particularly popular for windsurfing and kite surfers. The perfect wind conditions almost all year-round makes this beach one of the top kite and windsurfing destinations in the world.

Perfect wind conditions are almost all year-round. Also for all non-surfers among us it is worth making a trip to the beach to watch the professional surfers.
Swimming at this beach is possible. However, you should be aware of all the surfers and kite surfers gliding and surfing along the beach.

The Le Morne beach can be quite busy during any day of the week. This mainly depends on the surfing conditions on the day. During weekends, the beach is busy with both locals and tourists coming to enjoy this beautiful beach, the ideal surfing conditions or watching the amazing surfing skills of the professional surfers visiting the beach.

La femme aux dreadlocks les plus longs du monde

Dans la série des records inutiles mais étonnants, Asha Mandela, une américaine de 50 ans, arrive en tête avec des dreadlocks qui ont atteint une longueur de plus de 18 mètres.

470_2676239Bob Marley serait-il jaloux d’Asha ? On en doute, d’autant plus qu’Asha Mandela ne semble pas faire vibrer la scène reggae d’Atlanta, sa ville d’adoption. Mais Asha ne s’est pas fait pousser les cheveux pour devenir une star mais, selon ses propres termes, « elle a eu des rêves et des visions » qui lui ont conseillé de se laisser pousser les cheveux. A partir de l’âge de 25 ans, Asha n’a donc plus jamais vu une paire de ciseaux et a fait le désespoir de sa mère qui ne pensait pas que sa fille s’obstinerait plus de 25 ans dans cette voie.

Les cheveux les plus longs du monde

Sa mère se serait effectivement plaint car elle ne voyait pas l’intérêt de s’occuper si bien des cheveuxde sa fille si c’était pour qu’elle en fasse des dreadlocks de la taille d’un immeuble. Ce n’est pas très juste pour Asha qui met un point d’honneur à laver ses cheveux une fois par semaine et à les regarder sécher pendant deux jours… Une activité qui lui a permis d’entré au Guinness Book des records mais certainement sur la liste noire de nombreux coiffeurs. Asha continue à croire que ses cheveux sont un peu comme ses enfants et qu’ils lui ont sauvé la vie.


Un effet bénéfique des cheveux longs ?

Asha a effectivement souffert d’un cancer vers la fin des années 90 et le traitement n’a absolument eu aucune prise sur ses cheveux. Elle a de plus vaincu son cancer (suite à une double masectomie) ce qui a eu effet de renforcer sa croyance dans le caractère « sacré » de ses cheveux. Nulle doute qu’elle a certainement remis au goût du jour l’histoire de Samson et Dalila. Pourtant sa belle crinière pourrait bien finir par lui coûter cher d’après certains médecins.


Des cheveux dangereux pour la santé !

En effet le poids de ses cheveux (15 kilos, imaginez ce que cela donne une fois mouillé!) fait courir un risque de plus en plus important à sa nuque et à sa colonne vertébrale. Même en les portant derrière elle dans un porte-bébé certains médecins lui ont dit qu’elle risquait de finir paralysée si elle persistait à garder une telle longueur de cheveux… Un avertissement qui n’émeut pas particulièrement Asha dont la principale frayeur est de se faire voler quelques mèches par un fan un peu trop pressant !


Alexandre Forestier ©  Pampa Presse

{Lifestyle} Catalan eatery is world’s best restaurant

MAC Rihanna Face ChartIf you want to eat in the best restaurant in the world you have to visit the Spanish city of Girona.

El Celler de Can Roca topped the Restaurant magazine’s annual poll of top eating houses.

Run by three brothers the restaurant opened in 1986 specialising in Catalan cuisine.

Joan Roca, the head chef at El Celler de Can Roca, puts the success down to his family: “The key is work. The work, the commitment to creativity and, above all, the luck of having two brothers who are true stars – the best wine man in the world and the best pastry chef in the world – and with them it was possible to build a project that has allowed us to get to this point. So the secret is work, commitment to excellence and creativity, and luck in having two amazing brothers.”

The family has dethroned the Danish restaurant Norma, which has been top of the culinary heap for the last three years.

Norma chef René Redzepi praised the work of the brothers three: “These guys are innovators. They should have won this 10 years ago It’s overdue that these guys have the prize and to see a family like that, a second generation, you can only honour and be happy for them.”

The restaurant is known for its fusion of innovative cooking techniques and traditional Catalan fare.