Charles Badoisel made four trips altogether to Réunion Island : in 1984, 1986, 1992 and 2000. He was seduced by the beauté of the Island from his very first trip and especially enthralled by sceneries of open-air food markets in the village la Rivière des Pluies (north of the Island), in Saint-Pierre (south of the Island) and in Saint-Denis (north - capital of the Island) in le Chaudron neighbourhood.
In 1986, he made an art exhibition together with the famous French painter Carzou in the hotel Le Méridien in Saint-Denis. « Now, I know this gifted painter Charles Badoisel, and I appreciate him and his art very greatly… Dear messenger, now you are flying off to this magical and mysterious Island called « Reunion Island ». And I would be delighted to be with you through my artwork. » Extract of a letter from Carzou to Charles Badoisel (1986).
Charles Badoisel chose an oil painting from Le Chaudron to represent his artwork in the Salon d'Angers of 1987, inaugurated by the French President François Mitterrand.