Le Cap

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    • Day 2–22

      Au Cap

      November 19, 2022 on the Seychelles ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Unsere erste Station ist die Airbnb Wohnung in Au Cap. Schon der Weg dorthin lehrt uns die ersten Lektionen des Paradieses...
      Wie fährt man hier Bus? Und wie hart kann eigentlich schon der letzte Km eines Weges sein?- Sehr hart! Doch am Ende lohnen sich alle Strapazen ...Read more

    • Day 4

      Takamaka Rum Distellerie

      November 21, 2022 on the Seychelles ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      Scherben am Strand - Hoffnung am Stand

      Eine kleine Distellerie direkt an der Küstenstraße in Strandnähe. Gratis Führung zweimal täglich, die sich auch lohnen!
      Foodrruck und Cocktailbar,sowie ein Werksverkauf und ein Souvenirshop sind hier untergebracht.
      Leicht zu erreichen, sehenswerter kleiner Kräutergarten und Kunsthandwerker Markt an jedem Samstag der Woche! Hier gibt es passend zum Rum ein besonders nachhaltiges Souvenir, dass wir euch ans Herz legen möchten: Seyglasses. Ein deutsches Ehepaar, sammelt alle leeren Flaschen des Takamaka- Rum und macht daraus Trinkgläser. Ein tolles Projekt! Denn das Paradies hat - wie fast alle Länder- auch ein Müllproblem.
      Noch dazu hat Seyglass den Einheimischen, durch den Ankauf von leeren Rumflaschen eine zusätzliche Einnahmequelle geschaffen, die vielehier dringend benötigen.
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    • Day 16


      October 9, 2023 on the Seychelles ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

      Heute ist unser letzter Tag auf Denis. Vormittags ist recht sonniges Wetter, damit gibt es wenigstens einen versöhnlichen Abschied. Wir können das Chalet bis mittags bewohnen, d.h. fast bis zum Abflug.
      Heute werden wir von LizAir geflogen, die mit einer kleineren Madchine fliegen und in Mahé ein eigenes Terminal habrn. Wir sind die einzigen Touristen, außer uns fliegt nur die Hotelchefin mit ihrem Freund sowie jede Menge Farmprodukte auf den vorderen Plätzen mit.
      In Mahé werden wir zum Domestic Terminal transferiert, wo ein Fahrer auf uns wartet, mit dem wir nachmittag eine kleine Mahé Tour unternehmen. Wir fahren zunächst zum Craft Village. Das interessante dort ist, das es eine Coco de Mer Parfumfabrik gibt. Man kann sogar das Fruchtfleisch verkosten, was sonst ja streng verboten ist. Das ganze schmeckt allerdings recht neutral. Nur das Fruchtfleisch der bereits im Austrieb befindlichen Coco de Mer schmeckt ein bißchen süßlich und erinnert ein wenig an eine Kokosnuss.
      Nächster Stop ist die Takamaka Rumdestillerie. Wir buchen eine ausgezeichnet kommentierte Verkostung, eine Führung machen wir dann aber nicht mit. Der Klassische (spiced) dark Rum - wie wit ihn an Bord hatten - ist der Beste. Auch die likörartigen Ananas- und Kokosvarianten scheinen für ein unkompliziertes Mixen einer Piña Colada hervorragend geeignet. Sie haben auch Arten, die an Whiskey erinnern, das ist aber dann nicht Fisch nicht Fleisch. Der Hochprozenter (69%) ist hingegen gar nicht so schlecht, ölig und stark, geht aber wohlig warm in den Magen hinunter.
      Auf der Weiterfahrt stoppen wir bei einem berühmten, schönen Strand. Das regnerische Wetter läßt allerdings kein tropisches Inselfeeling mehr aufkommen.
      Dann geht es hinauf zum Jardin de Roi. Sehr schön gelegene Gärten mit allerlei exotischen Pflanzen. Wir plaudern auch mit Madame George, die den über Generationen vererbten Garten heute führt. Wir genehmigen uns einen Fruchtcocktail auf der Veranda mit grandiosem, wenn auch leider wolkenverhangenen Ausblick.
      Zum Abschluß geht es noch zum berühmten Surferstrand von Mahé, auch dieser zeigt sich heute von seiner tristen Seite. Damit verabschieden wir uns von den Seychellen. Es geht zurück zum Flughafen um mit der Qatar Airways Richtung Doha aufzubrechen.
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    • Day 15

      A weekend at the apartment

      April 30, 2023 on the Seychelles ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

      We've spent the last couple of days in and around the apartment. It's really important with the big trip we've got coming up that we take some time out now! We read books 📚 (me), listened to podcasts (Mark), and watched films set in Africa - Cry Freedom, Invictus, The Last King of Scotland, Out of Africa, Hotel Rwanda 🇷🇼, Africa United, and I'm sure we'll find more on the hard drive for the next few evenings! 😂

      Oh, and of course we swam! 80 lengths yesterday and 82 today!

      The photo 📸 attached to this footprint 👣 is the view I've spent a lot of time staring at!! 😀
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    • Day 3

      Arriving in Seychelles!

      April 18, 2023 on the Seychelles ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      So, I was right! We didn't sleep a wink before our onward flight, nor during it, so we were absolutely knackered when we arrived here this morning!! 😂

      The flight ✈️ from Doha to Mahe was fine - despite the tiredness! We were moving another hour ahead time-wise, so we were greeted with 'good morning' by the stewards and served breakfast on board! To us, it felt like the middle of the night, but we were expected to behave like it was a new day! And, just like that, we lost a night's sleep!!

      However, we got our second wind when we stepped off the plane. Glorious sunshine and 30 ° at 8.30am! This is the life!!

      The immigration staff were really friendly, and we were soon through security with another stamp in our passports. According to a travel app I use, it's country number 52 since we started travelling together (not that we're counting or anything! 😂).

      Not having been in a hot climate for the past 3 years, we were dripping with sweat within seconds of stepping out of the arrivals hall!! We drew some cash (Seychellois Rupees) and went to find a taxi 🚕. We were shocked to be quoted 600 rupees (about £38) for a 12-minute ride! We asked around, but nobody was offering any lower. We had no choice but to accept! (Later, our host, Anto, told us it should have been 300 or 400 rupees at the most!)

      As tired as we were, we couldn't help but notice the beauty of the island during the short journey to our accommodation. The turquoise blue sea 🌊 looked really tempting!! Everywhere is very lush and vibrantly green, so we expect to see some rain 🌧 during our stay - a place doesn't look like this without plenty of the wet stuff!! 😉

      At our accommodation, we were met by Anto, one half of the French couple who own Cap Confort. He was very friendly and gave us the news we'd been hoping for - our apartment was ready, despite the fact that we were 6 hours early for check-in!

      So, we paid for our stay and then Anto helped us transport all our luggage 🧳 up to the first floor. He was very helpful, showing us on a map where everything is and giving us recommendations about where to eat and where to shop. I'm not sure how much we took in - we were both fit to drop by this point! As soon as Anto left, we cranked up the air-con and went to bed 🛌!! 😀
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    • Day 3

      First explorations!

      April 18, 2023 on the Seychelles ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      We slept for just a couple of hours 😴 before the sun 🌞 streaming in through the window woke us up! It was enough, though, for us to function for the rest of the day.

      After unpacking and sorting everything out, we ventured out to find a shop to buy some essentials. With such a huge baggage allowance, we did bring some basics with us, so we just needed something to add to make a meal. The nearest shop is only a 10-minute walk away, but we were dripping with sweat by the time we got there!! We admired the beautiful blue sea 🌊 en route and took a couple of photos 📸 but we really just wanted to shop and get back.

      The small supermarket had everything we needed. We bought bread, beer, onions 🌰, oranges 🍊, minced beef, cheese, and ice cream 🍦 - all the essentials!! 😂 We are very glad we brought coffee ☕️ with us - it costs an arm and a leg here!

      Back at Cap Confort, I got changed and went for a swim 🏊‍♂️. Mark didn't feel up to it, so he stayed on the balcony taking photos of the bats flying by - yes, really!! Photos will be added later when we've taken them off his camera 📷. The water was really warm - like stepping into a hot bath 🛀! It wasn't exactly refreshing, but I enjoyed it anyway 😊.

      Later, Mark had his first Seychellois beer. We made pasta bolognaise for dinner, and soon after, we went to bed! The lack of sleep had really caught up with us - but we are so happy to be here!! 😀
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    • Day 4

      Our first bus ride in the Seychelles

      April 19, 2023 on the Seychelles ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      We slept for a full 12 hours last night and woke up fully refreshed! That's us sorted - we're on Seychelles time now! 😀

      We had some stale baguette with cheese for breakfast. You would have thought I would have learned after years living in France 🇫🇷 - French bread 🥖 is NEVER any good the next day! It'll be brown toast tomorrow 😂.

      At 10.30am, we left the apartment to catch the bus 🚌 into Victoria, the world's smallest capital city. Anto told us the buses run every 20 minutes or so, but he didn't know at what times. We must have just missed one because we waited just over 20 minutes, sweating in the 32° heat, for it to come. I'm not complaining - I won't mention the sweating again!! (Every time I write the word, all I can hear is my Mum's voice saying, 'Andrea, don't use that word - ladies don't sweat, they perspire'. 😂🤣 And, no, she wasn't a product of Victorian upbringing!! 😂

      Yesterday, we were chatting to a Belgian couple who are staying in the same place as us. They have hired a car for the duration of their stay. When I told them we were planning to use the local buses, they were horrified!! They reminded us that they would take ages, be really crowded, and, most importantly, have no air-con. Correct on all points! BUT, they charge 12 rupees (about 70p) per trip - AND you get to meet the locals. For us, it's a no-brainer. For long-term travel, it's a case of, 'eat like a local, travel like a local'. 😀

      When the bus came, it was full. Mark had to stand, but not for the whole journey. It took us about 55 minutes to cover the 10 miles to town, but the windows were open, and we enjoyed people watching and listening to the chatter - not that we could understand any of it - everyone was speaking Creole. (The three official languages of the Seychelles are French, English, and Creole.)

      On the way, we made a note of a couple of places for future visits.

      We stayed on the bus until we reached the terminus, which was a bustling hive of activity. We tried in vain to find a map of bus routes and/or a timetable. Never mind. Without the Internet, when we're away from the apartment, we'll have to rely on the old-fashioned method of getting around - asking people!! 😀

      NB - the street art photos were taken in the bus station. There was a lot more that I didn't photograph - I'll have to add others later.
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    • Day 4

      Tropical storm

      April 19, 2023 on the Seychelles ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

      When we got home, we went for a swim 🏊‍♀️. It started raining again while we were in the pool. We stayed in because it was still 30°!! I love swimming in the rain 😀.

      Later, we had dinner and listened to podcasts until the storm outside got so loud that we couldn't hear them anymore! The heavy rain and high temperature reminded us of our time in Vietnam 🇻🇳 😂.Read more

    • Day 5

      A spot of rum tasting!

      April 20, 2023 on the Seychelles ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

      Last night's rain continued into this morning, so we changed our original idea, which was to have a beach day ⛱️ ! Instead, we sat on our balcony making plans for the rest of our time here. Mark listened to some podcasts, and I started to read the first of a series of books set in Africa that I have on my Kindle. We're both feeling really relaxed 😌 now! 😀

      Later, when the weather improved, we walked 10 minutes down the road to the island's biggest rum distillery, Takamaka. Very handy to have it on our doorstep! 😂🤣 We had a really interesting tour, followed by a tasting of their range of rums. We also met Taka and Maka, their resident Giant Aldabra tortoises. As we left through the shop, a bottle or two might have made their way into our backpack 🎒 🤔.

      After our visit, we popped to the local shop for some eggs 🥚and some coke (to go with the rum 😋). On our way back to the apartment, we intended to buy some lettuce from the same roadside vendor we bought some from on Tuesday. He was there on our way to the distillery, but he had packed up by the time we were heading back. I was disappointed, but we would have done without. However, I saw the guy and asked him if he had any lettuce left. Initially, he said no, but his friend said he had some. So, off he went to look. He was gone for ages. When he finally reappeared, he had two bags of lettuce. He was embarrassed because he thought they weren't fresh enough. I assured him that they would be fine. He didn't want to take any money for them, but I insisted! This is what we are finding all the time here - the people are so friendly and helpful, and don't expect anything in return!

      And the lettuce was lovely! We had a salad 🥗 tonight, and there's enough left for tomorrow 😀.
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    • Day 8

      A work day

      April 23, 2023 on the Seychelles ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

      Today, we stayed at the apartment complex. I had work on the website to catch up on while Mark did the chores! We might be travelling, but the washing still needs to be done! It's not a bad view from my laptop, so I'm not complaining!

      Later in the day, we had a swim 🏊‍♀️. I did 50 lengths - it is a VERY small pool! 😀 While we were swimming, we were fascinated to watch the bats flying overhead!

      Mark is still working his way through all the Seychellois beers! 😂🤣
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