The Bel Air cemetery of Victoria is a bit outside of the cityand we passed by it on our way to Jardin du Roi. In this cemetery you will fiond the graves of the pirate Hodoul and of Pierre-Louis Poiret, who was said to have been the son of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI
The touristinformation of Mahe and the Seychelles is inside one of the bureaus at the crossing of independance Avenue and 5th June Avenue,next to a roundabout with the monument of the "3 moons", that are symbolizing the 3 main religions of the Seychelles : Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.
The touristinformation of Mahe is open for visitors :
Monday till Friday: 08.00am - 05.00pm
Saturdays : 09.00am - 12.00 noon
closed on Sundays & public Holidays!
Cascade is a village next to the airport and they also have quite an impressive christian church that I could see from the distance, when passing by in the tourbus to Jardin du Roi.
Once that you have left the busy town of Victoria, there are wide streets with almost no trafic for easy driving.
Sans Souci in Mahe is a scenic viewpoint high above the town of Victoria, where all of these photos were taken, when we came back from our halday-tour of the island Mahe. We were also lucky to see a "flying fox" / Fliegender Hund, quite a large bat (see my last pic!).
Some of the islands in front of Victoria are artificial islands.
In order to get there by taxi you might need about 10-15 minutes one way !
Ile Hodoul is a small island in the port of Victoria,there are lots of trees on that island and also 2 buildings, it looks a bit like a treasure-island, and in fact it was used first by a pirate named Jean-Francois Hodoul in 1803 and later the island was used in order to store explosives.
Ile Hodoul is in the "inner Harbour"
"The man in chains" or "the man escaping his chains" is a monument next to the Seychelles National Museum of history and in front of the stadium and it is one of the first monuments that you will see, when walking from the cruiseport to the city of Victoria, that is said to be the smallest capital in the whole world.
In my 3rd pic you will see a sculpture of 4 fish, and in my last 2 pics there is another monument with 3 moons, symbolizing the 3 main religions in Seychelles : chistianity, hinduism and Islam.
Esplanade Fiennes is a boulevard dating back to 1919 as a part of Francis rachel Street. It starts at the house of justice and takes you back towards the port, passing along various souvenir-stands and also some interesting colonial houses. In some of these souvenir-stands you will be able to buy a Coco-de-mer, including the certificate that you will need in order to be allowed to export it and also to take it to your own country.
Be careful about sea-shells and corals, most countries in the world will not allow you to import them !!!
It was quite surprising for me to see that there are quite a lot of Art-Nouveau-buildings in Victoria, obviously the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century was a prosperous time for the Seychelles and the rich merchants were able to engage great, contemporary architects. The cinema of Victoria is such a building, there is also a videothek in the same building.
In order to get to the Art-nouveau-cinema just take a walk from the clocktower in direction of the catholic cathedral, it is at almost the end of that street.
In the french language Poivre is the expression for pepper and obviously this word was choosen because of Pierre Poivre, (born 23. August 1719 in Lyon; † 6. Januar 1786 in Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d'Or). He was an expert for gardening but also a missionary in China before he became the governor of Mauritius und Réunion.
He founded the botanical garden of Victoria and in Mauritius he founded the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden.
The monument of Pierre Poivre is situated in front of the hall of Justice at Freedom-square.
The Botanical gardens are on the south end of Victoria.
They are recommended for short shady walks among native trees and plants.
Some trees are identified, some are not.
Within the gardens is also a cafeteria, a pen of large turtles, an orchid garden, and a gift shop
The Mission was once run as a school for the children of liberated slaves, it is now a few crumbling ruins.
Beyond the ruins there is a footpath surrounded by giant sangdragon trees.
In the forest around the pathway you may spot several endemic birds.
At the end of the path is a wooden viewing platform. A lodge was built here for the Queen's visit to the Seychelles in 1974.
You can look out over the tree canopy and see the ocean.
Trois Freres Peak, forms the mountain backdrop for Victoria, and lies in Morne Seychellois National Park.
Although the climb to the peak is only about 2km each way, it is a very steep uphill climb.
There are some very nice views from the peak, if it isn't wrapped in clouds.
Down the road from Port Glaud , behind the church, down the path, you will see a small sign for the waterfall.
It i s small waterfall but pretty surroundings and it is cool and peaceful there. Take a dip in the cold water, if you dare.
The road to the west coat of the island ends at Port Glaud ( pronounced Por-Glow).
From there you can turn left to drive down the coast or turn right where there is the resort where we stayed, a couple of restaurants, a marine national park , and the road ends at a youth service camp.
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 !