In Jardin du Roi you will be shown what the fruit looks like that finally will be exported under the name Nutmeg / Muskatnuss. All parts of the fruit (that is normally as large as a small lemon) are used for different purposes :The fruit-flesh is fed to the animals, the red peels of the stone are known as the spice "Maze" that is used for the production of Sausages like the Bavarian Weisswurst and finally the stone is the precious nutmeg, that used to be a rare and expensive spice in the medieval times.
The giant turtles are one of the symbols for the Seychelles and many of these giant animals are 90 years old or even more. I took my photos in Jardin du Roi, where we could see a total of 8 such giant turtles and we could feed them with leaves of the bushes closeby,that was a lot of fun. They almost dont make any sound, except a bit when they are chewing.
It was a lot of fun to watch this bird "fishing" directely in the fish-hall of the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Markethall. This bird really felt at home between all of the many merchants who did regard him obviously as a part of the fishmarket. You might see these birds in the fishhall in many pics, also of other VT-members, so it really seems to be a quite common "local customs"
The Flying fox (in german we call it "fliegender Hund") is a giant bat that you will be able to see flying over the landscape quite often in this part of the world. Form the distance it mostly looks like a bird, but when you are able to see its wings spread, you will realize it is a flying fox.
It is not so important to have married parents, it is important to dress well, and this is particularly noticeable on Sunday mornings when most women flock to church, immaculately dressed, as anxious to see what others are wearing as they are to be seen in their finery.
In the Seychelles, where entertainment can be scarce, churchgoing is a social event.
The fruits of this local tree have a bright red color and it was used in order to produce lipsticks. You will see such a tree in the "Jardin du Roi" and the guide will also open a fruit for you and show you the flesh, red as blood.
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.
Sugar cane alcohol, coconut cream, sugar and a dash of coco de mer cream, this is the recipe of the famous Coco d'Amour liquor. It is said to be aphrodisiac. A drink to enjoy with the man of your dreams :-)
It is used in many cocktails in the Seychelles, but, but pure with ice cubes, it's really good too :-)
You can find this delicious liquor in many shops, in its cocofesse-shaped bottle for 130 rupees (less at the airport)
Seybrew is the locally brewed lager of the Seychelles since 1972. This lager is light and crisp; perfect for the warm island weather. This brew has even won medals in Brussels, Geneva and Amsterdam for it's taste and flavor. During our visit to the Seychelles both my wife and I enjoyed several glasses of this refreshing lager.
The Coco de Mer is a variety of palm tree found in the Seychelles. This tree produces a large nut that can grow to be 40-50cm in diameter and weigh up to 30kg. The fruit takes 6-7 years to mature. The nut while growing is large an green. The mature nut is brown and resembles two kidneys together or according to islanders a women's buttocks.
The fruit of the Coco de Mer tree is used to make the local liquor Coco D'Amour.
The Cannonball Tree is another one of the interesting trees we discovered during our stay. We found several of these trees on the resort property as well as other parts of the island. The Tree flowers and the flowers grow into the large round fruit that resemble "cannonballs" hence the name. My wife was thrilled to dicover this tree on our first day and I wasn't surprised she knew what it was(she is a warehouse of unique material).
Citronelle Tea is made from Lemongrass and is a Seychelles specialty. We first discovered this delicious tea during our tour of the Tea Plantation and then again at the Hotel spa. The tea has a fresh, clean taste and is incredible over ice. We purchased three bags of this wonderful tea to enjoy back home.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love trees. Sandragon trees were another intersting tree we encountered during our visit to Mahe. The Trees were large with a huge above ground root structure that creeps along the ground. These are the kind of trees you'd imagine in a ghost tale or horror movie; they had that other worldy vibe.
The Traveller's Tree is one of the many fascinating trees we encountered during our visit to Mahe. We first found this tree on our resort and then discovered in in town, along the beaches and in the Botanical Garden. The tree looks like a large palm with it's large green leaves but it is actually a member of the bird-of-paradise family.
The name "Traveller's" comes from the plants ability to hold large quantaties of water in its sheaths that can be used for drinking.
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!!