Clock tower in Victoria
The erection of the clock tower, using winches and pulleys, took nine days to complete, the last rivet driven in on March 27, 1903.
The clock tower was originally black and oil lamps were fixed on the four sides. Four decades later the Victoria City Council decided that it should be painted with a lustrous silver and it has been in that colour ever since.
It is in the centre of Victoria in the middle of a roundabout. You cannot miss it.
Well not quiet a cultural tip - but in some countries a beer is part of culture isn't it. Since the first bottle rolled off the production line of Seychelles Breweries Ltd in June 1972, SeyBrew Lager has been the favourite beer of Seychelles. SeyBrew is brewed with the finest malt and hops imported from Europe, Australia and South Africa. And after a hot day it is the best drink on the islands to squench your thirst!!
tiny fish-markets everywhere
Fish is sold all over the island of Mahe and that way you will find a small "fishmarket" in almost every village of the island. It is always interesting to see these colorful fishes, that are mostly on display somewhere, where cars can make a stop.
If you are looking for a secluded beach where you can swim, this is it.
Anse Soliel is a pretty little small bay with a wide sandy beach, The water is clear, a good place for snorkeling or swimming. There is also a wide variety of fish here if you want to try your luck at fishing.
Un drole de coco !
Strange story for a strange nut...
Indeed, the coco the mer nut is the only fruit shaped like a woman?s intimate part. But the story doesn?t stop here?Actually, there is a male and a female tree, and the fecondation between the two gives the fruit called ?cocofesse?, carried by the female tree. As you can see on the picture, the flower of the male tree is also special ! In the first months of its existence, the nut contains a sort of white transparent jelly, which could be compared to man?s semen?
For a long time, people have attributed aphrodisiac virtues to this nut and numerous kings would pay a lot to get them. Charles Gordon, a british general, even compared it to the forbidden fruit of the Bible, growing in what he believed to be the Garden of Eden. This garden was actually the Vall?e de Mai on Praslin, only place where the coco de mer now growths.Actually, some can still be seen in Mah? (at the Botanical gardens of Victoria or the King?s Garden), but only a few.
The coco de mer tree, endemic to the Seychelles, can measure up to 35 m and reach the old age of 8 centuries !
A nut usually weights10 to 15 kg and is 30 cm long but each nut is different. You can bring a cocofesse back home, but they are protected by the Governement, so be careful to get it legally... The price of such a particular nut goes from 1200 to 2000 rupees ! And don?t forget to ask the paper certifying you can get the nut out of the country, otherwise, you?ll get a fine !