Explore the unusual island architecture
Reunion Island’s history is as colourful as the island itself. As an overseas department of France, this little piece of paradise reflects a clear French influence in its architecture. With grand, centuries-old buildings scattered throughout the various towns. The melting pot of cultures has led to changes in architecture to encompass the Asian and African influences on the island, too. The result is a whole new style that seems to flow with the creole rhythm, making for some delightful photography.
One of the more interesting architectural spectacles comes from the land itself. Obviously, the buildings are older, which often makes them susceptible to damage from extreme island weather. The locals have found the perfect way to preserve their heritage, without having to spend too much on renovations. To keep buildings safe from harm, they reinforce them with bamboo and sugarcane walls. By using nature to combat nature, the island thrives. It’s also rather fun to look at.