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Saga du Rhum

After the poster session on Monday, 7 November 2011, there will be a visit to ‘Saga du Rhum,’ a new museum featuring the history of rum production in Reunion Island. The museum is located in Saint Pierre, south of Saint Gilles. The tour will include rum tasting, cocktails, and dinner. The cost for this activity is 35 Euro per person, which is not included in the registration fee. Cash payments will be accepted; no credit cards or checks. Note that the tour will be organized only if more than 20 people sign up to participate.

For more information you can visit the web site http://www.sagadurhum.fr (in French, sorry)

Maido Observatory

An excursion to the Maïdo observatory (2200 m asl) and to the Mafate circus scenery will be organized on Wednesday 9 November in the early morning. The pick-up at the hotels in the west coast by bus will be at 7 am, so that we could be at the top of the mountain before the clouds, in order to enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Mafate circus. Then a visit of the new observatory will be organized; the construction works are at their last stage but the NDACC instruments have not been yet installed. (this visit is included in registration fees). There will be a 1.5 km walk (3 km back and forth) to reach the observatory from the car park. Visitors need to wear good shoes and warm clothes.

Symposium Dinner

A symposium banquet dinner (included in registration fees) is planned on Wednesday November 9, at 8 pm, at a nice resort near Saint Paul (see below). Bus transportation will be organized from hotels to the dinner location. You will be welcome by a “Creole band” and could enjoy a buffet dinner with typical local meals and French wine.