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This mountain-backed capital bustles with big-city commercial activity by day, and by night is quiet – except for Le Caudan Waterfront, with a casino, cinemas, shops, bars and restaurants. There’s a Chinatown and a distinct Muslim area around Muammar El Khadafi Square. The city center is easily walkable. A good place to get a feel for city life is Port Louis Market, near the water in the heart of downtown. The Natural History Museum houses a stuffed replica of the dodo, which has been extinct since late 17th century. Visit the Mauritius Postal Museum, stop by Port Louis’ oddly located Jummah Mosque, and admire Fort Adelaide, which so closely resembles a Moorish fortress locals call it the Citadel. The views from Fort Adelaide’s hilltop and harbourside location are amazing. P

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