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Africa » Seychelles March 7th 2019

(CJ writes) Thursday 7th March: my birthday (hence the trip to the Seychelles), and we spent it in fine style by taking a ferry to the nearby small island of La Digue. So small, in fact, that there are few cars or lorries, and the locals mainly get around by bike. The touristy thing to do is to hire one on arrival at about 9:45am and ride around all day visiting the various local beaches, restaurants and souvenir shops before boarding the return ferry. We got there, picked up the bikes and got going. (I haven’t ridden a bike since we rode along the city walls in Xian, China, a few years ago, but you never forget ... Turns out I can either pedal or steer, but not both at once). Few shops open because a ... read more
Beautifil beach...for a wedding
Bonking tortoises..."my turn next"!
Steve takes a dip

Africa » Seychelles » Praslin March 6th 2019

(SC writes) Yesterday we hired a car and toured Praslin. The waether wasn't great but it didn't matter too much as our first stop was at Vallee de Mai: a two hour walk and climb through an ancient palm forest and the home of the famous Coco de Mer. We covered up to avoid being eaten by bugs, but, boy was it hot and sticky. Worth it though and a very enjoyable look at the interior of Praslin. See pix of the infeasibly large nut with all sorts of sexual overtones and the frankly phallic male flower. (CJ: the female nut takes seven years to mature. It is contained within a fleshy, heart shaped exterior which must rot away pretty quickly in this climate, leaving a nut weighing 18kg or thereabouts. The male flower is about ... read more
On the clamber through Vallee De Mai
Cathy discovers the Coco de Mer
Steve in the forest

Africa » Seychelles » Praslin March 4th 2019

(CJ writes) Things we have learned about the Seychelles: * the islands have a chequered history: occupied by freed slaves, colonised by France and then gained independence, then the British took over - and they eventually gained independence again. Consequently the first language is Kreol, the official language is English and place names, businesses etc tend to be in French, which nearly everybody speaks. Prices for locals are in Seychelles rupees, tourist prices are in euros; * drivers are almost all lunatics. They’ll pull out of a turning - looking right at you - when you’re only a couple of yards away. They’ll routinely drive hanging half way over the centre line (and the roads are barely wide enough for two vehicles). They’ll overtake on blind corners. And the bus drivers are worse than that! * ... read more
Cathy enjoys a fine sunset
Sunset 3rd March
Unexpected accommodation tonight

Africa » Seychelles » Mahé March 2nd 2019

(SC) Hello again and greetings from the Seychelles, We're here for 10 days only, begining on Mahe (the main island), where we are staying in a delightful little 3* hotel right on the beach. We hired a car at the airport and so far have checked out our immediate neighbourhood: Beau Vallon. Delightful with a long beach of white sand, palm trees and really warm water.. We have also investigated the "smallest capital in Africa": Victoria. Interesting but plenty of traffic for what is little more than a small market town with some interesting colonial architecture. Today we toured right around Mahe checking out the beaches. There aren't that many as it is mainly a rocky coast but those that are there are simply delightful. See pix.. We believe that this travel blog site is working ... read more
Tropical island typical view - with CJC
Steve goes rock climbing
Another west side beach

Africa » Seychelles » Cerf Island December 3rd 2018

For a four day holiday weekend in Dubai (celebrating commemoration day and National Day on Dec 2nd), I decided to take a break and do something fun. While I love the Christmas markets in Europe, I wanted to go somewhere close and somewhere new. I considered Cyprus, Greece, but finally settled on Seychelles. I am happy with my decision. For most, particularly in this region, Seychelles means a resort on white sandy beaches, fruity drinks while sunbathing, and without a care in the world. I wanted this too, but I also wanted to experience the culture of a new country. Cerf Island Marine Resort seemed to meet all of my requirements, so I booked. The resort had someone, Ron, meet me at the airport where he drove me to Eden Island to catch a boat. From ... read more
View of St Anne Marine Reserve
View of sunset from my room
My room

Africa » Seychelles » La Digue October 31st 2018

Oprah Winfrey once said, “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” In response we say, “we are giving it our best shot”. Anyone on an airplane who has flipped through the free magazine in the airline pocket has likely seen a photo of Anse Source D’Argent, a beach on La Digue. It is one of the most photographed beaches in the world and with reason. Soft blues and greens of crystal-clear waters and pristine beaches with a back ground of large granite boulders make this landscape unique and breathtaking. We visited three islands on our trip to the Seychelles and each had their own personality. The main reason for our visit was of course MJ’s fascination with these granite laden beaches and of course the opportunity to kick back ... read more
A photographers dream
Amazing granite formations
Red Fody

Africa » Seychelles » La Digue July 28th 2017

July 28, 2017 - This was the last, and earliest, morning of the trip. I woke at 4:30am and decided to step outside to see the stars. I'm glad I did. I could see so many - it's so different from home, without all the light pollution. I even saw a shooting star before I went back in, and I wasn't even watching that long. I tried to sleep again, but no luck. So I watched Reign before heading out one final time to my sunrise beach spot. I also watched it before breakfast, and after breakfast, while I finished packing. 10 am was checkout, and I went back to the outdoor hotel restaurant to wait. My boat left at 12:15 pm, so I had some time. I asked the guy from the hotel to call ... read more
Sunrise
Flea-ridden dog sharing my towel
Sunrise

Africa » Seychelles » La Digue July 27th 2017

July 27, 2017 - I woke up at 5am and watched episode 2 of Reign. Then I left to go back to my same spot to watch the sunrise, and hang with the crabs. A couple of dogs came by and were annoying, so I left a little early. That left me time to watch episode 3 before breakfast. And episode 4 after breakfast. Why didn't I start watching this on day 1 of my vacation? At 10 am, I headed back to that same beach as this morning to spend the day. There was already a couple in the spot I'd scouted earlier, but then I found one that suited me better. It was under a tree and had rocks on both sides, so it was pretty secluded. The only bummer was that the road ... read more
Sunrise
Sunrise
Beach dogs

Africa » Seychelles » La Digue July 26th 2017

July 26, 2017 - Today was a really good day. I woke up early, and thought I may as well try to see the sunrise, rather than staying in bed and trying to sleep again. I dressed quickly and got on my bike, back to the same beach by the art gallery that I visited yesterday afternoon. It was just me and the crabs again. I think they may be my spirit animal. They're just cool. I stayed there until almost 8am, when breakfast starts at the hotel, but when I arrived, a couple had just finished eating. I guess you can eat early. I had the same breakfast as yesterday, but this time put my friend eggs on toast, and enjoyed licking up all the runny yolk that rolled off, my favorite part. The morning ... read more
Sunrise
Big crab
Tiny crab

Africa » Seychelles » La Digue July 25th 2017

July 25, 2017 - Today I got up in the 7 o'clock hour, got ready for my day and then went to have breakfast a little after 8 am. It was quite nice, with a plate of fruit, a fruit smoothie, tea, toast and butter and jam and eggs. I'm already eating more than I have been. Last night I started a new book, so I continued reading it at breakfast. After breakfast, I came back to my room, changed into a bathing suit that I wouldn't use to go in the water, and then headed out on my bike to explore. I started by taking a right turn from the hotel and following the road east until it ended. From there, my plan was to walk a trail to the last beach I visited yesterday, ... read more
Breakfast
The path where I couldn't go
The beach




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