"It’s lunchtime and the drum beat of a traditional Maloya song crackles through the radio as I take a sip of fiery Charette rum. A cat cheekily jumps onto my lap and makes itself comfortable and I'm happy to stroke its ratty fur. “How do you say ‘I love cats’ in French?” I ask Nico, our tour guide. He laughs and rambles something off to himself in French. “You don’t need to tell us. We can see”.
It’s a bright and sunny day and we’ve just sat down at a plastic garden table and chairs, covered with a colourful table cloth and adorned with bottles of local rum, infused with the leaves of orchids known as Faham. We are surrounded by the most incredible views of sharp cliffs and greenery, and at least eight cats. " - read more on Tails of a Mermaid