Unique Places in Seychelles

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    The Zak-fruit / Jackfruit

    by globetrott Written May 5, 2015

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    The Zak-fruit is another interesting tree that you will be able to see in the national park of Valee de Mai. Zak is pronounced like "Jack" and it is a pity that it is not allowed to taste any of the fruits in the national park. The size of these fruits was like a mediumsized watermelon.
    You will find these Zak-trees in the national park of Valee de Mai.

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    Praslin: clear and fresh drinkingwater

    by globetrott Written May 5, 2015

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    When taking the higher path through the national reserve of Valee de Mai you will get to this clear spring of fresh water that has drinking quality. Some members of our group tasted the water and told me that it tastes very special (and all of them have survived) so maybe you should take a cup with you and taste it for yourself !
    And our guide told us that all inhabitants of the island will drink that same water.

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    Praslin: A flesh-eating snail

    by globetrott Written May 5, 2015

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    This snail is a bit larger than snails in Europe and it is eating flesh ! They are eating mainly smaller insects of course, but you never know, so you better be carful not to touch it so you wont get a bite !
    I saw this snail under the top of the hut, where we waited for our bus at Valee du Mai and our tourguide told us about this annimal.

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    La Digue: the old graveyard

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    There is an old graveyard in La Digue and you will pass by it in the ox-carts and other means of Transport when you go through the village towards the beach. It is a pity that I did see it just from a distance from my car, that I had booked as a tour onboard of our cruiseship. Next time I will walk that distance and will have the chance to see more of the small Details of the village.
    I love to explore old cemeteries !

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    La Digue: The church "our Lady of Assumption"

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    Our Lady of Assumption is the name of this small church of La Digue and you will pass by it when you take the mainroad through the village, from the ferry towards the famous beach "Anse Source D'Argent". Walkingtime from the pier will be around 10 minutes or so. Unfortunately the church was locked when I passed by , so I was not able to take a look inside.
    In my last Picture: this is what it looks like when you take the ox-carts in order to get to the beach "Anse Source D'Argent"

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    Victoria: the Bel Air Cemetery

    by globetrott Written May 3, 2015

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    The Bel Air cemetery of Victoria is a bit outside of the city and we passed by it on our way to Jardin du Roi. In this cemetery you will find 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.
    Visiting cemeteries is always quite interesting for me and it is a pity we did not stop there !

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    Mahé: Cascade

    by globetrott Written May 3, 2015

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    Cascade is a village next to the airport of Victoria on the island of Mahé and they also have quite an impressive christian church that I could see from the distance, when passing by in the tourbus taking us 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.

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    Victoria: The Art Nouveau Post Office

    by globetrott Written Apr 17, 2015

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    In Victoria the Postoffice was built in Art Nouveau-style, so dont miss to take a closer look for the interior of the postoffice and also for the iron decorations of the windows and the mosaiques on the floor. In front of the postoffice you will see a sculpture of a giant turtle and of a Coco-de-Mer and inside the postoffice most of the walls were made in mahagony. The mail-office of Seychelles also has lovely stamps, that might make a great souvenir.

    How to get there: This lovely postoffice of Victoria is directely at Freedom Square.

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    Queen Victoria looks like Holy Mary

    by globetrott Written Apr 17, 2015

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    The town of Victoria was named after Queen Victoria of Great Britain and opposite of the postoffice you will see this small monument for her diamond jubilee. A lot of people confuse this small statue with the mother of god and quite a few local people even make a cross at their face, when passing by, but take a look at the inscription, it is Queen Victoria, standing in front of the palace for justice.

    How to get there: The Fontaine Jubilee du diamand is directely at Freedom Square in Victoria, in front of the palace for justice.

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    St. Pauls Cathedral in Victoria / Mahé

    by globetrott Written Apr 17, 2015

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    St. Pauls Cathedral in Victoria on the island Mahé is an anglican church and you will find it not far from the postoffice in Albert Street and about 50 meters from Freedom Square.Saint Pauls Cathedral is open all day for visitors, but the interior is not very special, when it comes to precious works of art.
    But it might be a good place to relax and escape the hot sun for some time, when you walk through Victoria.

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    Church-service is here every sunday at 06.30 + 08.30am

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    Esplanade Fiennes in Victoria / Mahé

    by globetrott Written Apr 16, 2015

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    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, even when you get such a so-called "certificate" !!!
    Some of these things might be legal to sell in the Seychelles, BUT illegal to take into other countries !

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    Ile Hodoul / Hodoul Island in Victoria / Mahé

    by globetrott Updated Apr 16, 2015

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    Ile Hodoul / Hodoul Island 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 spooky 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 in a place where it could not harm anybody in town.
    Ile Hodoul is in the "inner Harbour" and you will pass by it, when taking a walk to town from your ship !

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    Pierre Poivre - a local man of history

    by globetrott Written Apr 16, 2015

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    In Victoria on the Island of Mahé you will see this monument of Pierre Poivre in front of the hall of Justice at Freedom-square. 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), or maybe it is just a simple coincidence ?
    Pierre Poivre 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.

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    Art Nouveau in Victoria / Mahé

    by globetrott Written Apr 16, 2015

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    Art Nouveau in the Seychelles, that was something I did never expect to find and so it was quite surprising for me to see that there are quite a lot of Art-Nouveau-buildings in Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles ! 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 nowadays.
    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.

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    Anse Volbert - a peaceful village

    by globetrott Written Apr 14, 2015

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    Anse Volbert is certainly some kind of a peacefull paradise like you will hardly find it often in other parts of the world. There are several banks in Praslin and I saw a total of 3 ATM-machines alone in Anse Volbert Village, there are internetcafes and supermarkets and nobody is begging in the streets. Everybody is smiling and friendly to the tourists !
    There is some great vegetation, it looks very nice in the first moment but the climate is also very hot and the worst is the humidity, that makes you a totally wet shirt within quite a short time even without sweating so much. That humidity is also not really good for your camera and other electronic devices, so you better keep them inside a bag, when you dont use them !

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