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Published: March 10th 2019
(SC writes): so we hired another little car for the last two days to give us flexibility. We've been all over Praslin sampling beaches and restaurants. I've enjoyed a lot of fish, often served with local creole sauces - generally delicious. Cathy has found some decent steaks but reckons the Seychellois food is a bit bland. E.g. A chicken curry last night. We found some lovely restaurants, several of which were attached to posh hotels ( and were priced accordingly). Cathy has already talked about "The Pond" for her birthday..it was really something special. Cathy had her favourite: Rib eye steak and fries...brilliant. I had a seafood medley thing with fish, green lipped mussels, prawns, scallops etc.. Again very enjoyable. No picture from that night unfortunately. Last night we ate on the beach..more simple fare but a lovely location with our feet in the sand. See pictures...lighting was a bit green! The drink of choice has been the local beer EKU bought mainly from the many small local shops Which are dotted about all over.
Today we hopped over the island for a change from the hotel breakfast (ok and included but nothing exceptional). We found a nice little bakery
Dinner on the beach
The lighting was very green
doing avo on toast with bacon, eggs etc.... Very good. After a last walk along the sand and a lounge by the pool we went out for a late lunch pizza and then hit the grit. We used the hire car to get to the port, then boat back to Mahe, then a bus to the airport where our latest and last hostess picked us up. We are overnighting in A HOUSE that overlooks the airport and is only 5 minutes away. Lovely place with an outdoor shower..see pic - very bracing! Only downside dogs that bark through the night - a problem throughout the Seyschelles...simply too many dogs. Anyway, we're sending this from the airport on our way home.
(CJ writes): I’ve always been able to lose myself in a good book, but often when at home I find that what with The Times and my various hobbies and chores I don’t read as much as I’d like to. Hence I always take books on holiday. (And I do mean books - proper things with pages that you can hold in your hand, are never unreadable in bright sunlight, and never run out of battery). I’ve
never done it before, but I thought that on this blog I’d tell you what I’ve read so far.
Peter Hoeg ‘The woman and the ape’. I’ve had this slim volume for years and never quite fancied picking it up. Had I realised how off the wall it is I’d have read it ages ago. It concerns Madelene - the woman - who is alcoholic and in a deeply unsatisfactory marriage. Her husband, who is an important do-gooder in animal conservation circles, acquires an entirely new species of ape. The husband wants to announce his discovery as a way of burnishing his academic credentials, Madelene wants to save the ape from her husband - and the ape has his own ideas about how to carry out his mission. Very entertaining, brilliantly translated from the Danish original so that it retains its flow and its humour, and conveys its ideas intelligently.
Patrick Neate ‘City of tiny lights’ - a British author I’ve only recently discovered, the city in question being London. The ‘hero’, Tommy Akhtar, is an Englishman and a sometime Muslim of Ugandan Indian descent, a natural philosopher, keen comedic observer of the human condition, addicted to cheap liquor and
cigs and working as a private investigator around the seedier end of Chiswick. He gets in bother. Lots of bother. It made me laugh out loud, several times, and was a jolly good read all the way through.That’s it. Short holiday, lots to do, so only two books (although I do have a new Sebastian Faulks to start tomorrow).
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