Seychellois sojourn

(This post follows ‘She sells seashells…’ posted on 20 Jun 2017)

Seychelles is a paradise. It is a beach destination like Maldives that offers a variety of adventurous aquatic activities and a rich marine world to explore. However, Seychelles is different as it offers the scope to explore terrestrial treasures as well. It is a big island and free to be discovered unlike Maldives where one is restricted to the resort island he is staying on.

Seychelles has several mountains and hiking and cycling paths; it is a perfect place to experience an Enid Blyton adventure. We had hired a car and enjoyed driving around just as we had done on the island of Santorini in Greece. The trip to Seychelles was truly memorable not only for its unparalleled natural beauty but also because I still have sand in my wardrobe and my luggage! Here are the highlights of our Seychellois sojourn. 

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At the Clock tower in Victoria

 

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The Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Hindu Temple in Victoria

 

There are many Indians in Seychelles; mostly they run grocery shops. Security is sometimes an issue for migrants requiring grocery shops to be fortified like prisons.

 

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Mother Church of the Catholic Diocese

 

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Mother Church of the Catholic Diocese

 

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Giant tortoises at the National Botanical Gardens….

 

 

After the above stupidity, I developed rashes. I don’t know if it was a coincidence or predestined that Victoria Hospital happened to be adjacent to the garden. I was treated with great care and for free. I was let go only after the doctors were sure that the rash had subsided.


 

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At the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Praslin
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Holding the Coco de mer at Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve
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With a giant tortoise on the island of La Digue

 

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A beach on the La Digue island

 

There is a coconut (copra) factory on La Digue. The guide explained to us the various uses of coconut in the traditional Seychellois culture. The proactive person in me popped out and shared with the guide and other tourists that in Hindu culture, the coconut is regarded as a divine tree that fulfills all our wishes.

Later, during lunch, we tasted their local delicacy, a hot sauce of crushed chillies, ginger and garlic. 


 

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Waiting for CatCocos to take us to the islands

 

Snapshots from the Moyenne and Cerf islands… 

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Moyenne was owned by Brendan Grimshaw. He had bought it in 1962 for 8000 pounds. He lived there until he passed away in 2012. It is now a national park. Read about his contribution to the Moyenne island.

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Feeding the fish of St. Anne Marine National Park and viewing the treasures of this underwater national park from a glass-bottomed boat (our first and only visit to a marine national park yet)

 

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Me snorkelling in the Indian ocean

 

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