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    The Coco de Mer

    by globetrott Written May 5, 2015

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    The Coco de Mer got its name by the fact that it was first detected when the nuts were swimming in the ocean and the sailors who never saw these fruits before had the idea that these fruits are growing in the sea. The Koko-D-Mer (there are a lot of different spellings) is a giant tree and there is always a higher male tree and a lower female tree. The male tree has a blossom that looks like a giant thing, that will always be printed like xxx,when you type it in a VT-text, see it for yourself in my 2nd and 4th photo. The female blossoms look more like a bush (4th pic on the very right!)and it needs the wind to take the male blossoms to the females. The fruits of the Coco de mer can be up to 80 kg and of course it is forbidden to take any of them home as a souvenir (except for some that have a certificate by the state).

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    Praslin: Valee de Mai

    by globetrott Written May 5, 2015

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    Valee de Mai on the island of Praslin is the home of the Coco de Mer and many other rare plants and trees.Valee de Mai is a National Park, where you will be able to see lots of the rare Coco-de-mer trees, the biggest coconut on earth. You have to pay an entrancefee of 20 euros / 25 US$ for that park and will find many signposts with explanations and a good display of coco-de-mer fruits and the male blossoms, that are also the largest blossoms of all plants on earth.
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    The national park is open for visitors :
    Daily from 08.00 am till 05.30 pm
    Smoking is forbidden !!!
    And it is forbidden to leave the paths or
    take away anything !

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    Praslin: Anse Gouvernement

    by globetrott Written May 5, 2015

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    Anse Gouvernement is one of the bays with a great sandy beach, when you drive or walk from Baie St. Anne to Anse Volbert Village. You will find just a narrow beach and also no facilities at all at this beach, but it is faster to walk there from St. Anne and might be a good place for a bath, when you dont have enough time.

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    Praslin: St. Anne bay

    by globetrott Updated May 5, 2015

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    St. Anne bay is the name of a large bay with a nice village and lots of houses built into the hills. Most of the cruiseships will anker off that bay and their tenders will disembark their passengers in St. Anne Bay. I also enjoyed a lot to see various catamarans and other sailingships anchored in St. Anne bay. Walking-distance from the jetty to the village is about 5-10 minutes.
    In my extra-pictures: Behind these trees you will see the church of Baie Ste Anne, quite an impressive building dating back to the beginning of the 19th century

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    La Digue: The Emanuelle-house

    by globetrott Updated May 4, 2015

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    This might be the most famous building of La Digue: The Emanuelle - house is a scenic building close to the estate, where you can visit the copra-mill and it was given that name since in the 1970s some famous movies were made there.
    The Emanuelle-movies of the 1970s were a first attempt to make erotique movies with good actors and perfect equipment and exotic places like in Bangkog, Hong Kong, Seychelles and many more.
    In the 1970s these movies were a big sucess,but what was forbidden to see for anybody under 18 at that time, is simply ridiculous when you see it today and compare it with contemporary shows on MTV and in the afternoon-series in european TV.
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    And of course I did go to these movies ONLY because of the exotic & scenic places around world that were shown there... ;-)
    I even found the whole movie now on YouTube: search there for "[Adios] Emmanuelle" and you will get a spanish Version of the movie and in 2:24 and in 4:07 you will see the building

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    La Digue: Anse Source D'Argent

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    The famous beach Anse Source D'Argent in La Digue does not only have giant rocks but also cosy places to hide a bit and enjoy the beachlife that way. You will find showers and toilets close to the beach-bar and they will be locked, so you have to ask for the key at the bar and pay 5 R for the toilet and 10 R for the shower.
    There will be no further places to change clothes, BUT you will find lots of hidden places between the high rocks on the beach and similar.No entrance-fee to the beach and prices for the beach-bar are moderate as well !

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    La Digue: Anse Source D'Argent - the famous beach

    by globetrott Updated May 4, 2015

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    This is the most famous beach of the Seychelles: Anse Source D'Argent is the name of this beach on the island of La Digue where you will find a scenic combination of fine sands and giant rocks directely on the beach and partly in the water.
    The beach-area was large and wide enough to accomodate our 400 cruisepassangers plus lots of local people and tourists from local hotels and all of them found a rather quiet place to relax.
    It is one of the advantages of these giant rocks, that the beach is devided into various sections and the further you walk along the beachline, the more quiet places and niches you will find between these giant rocks.

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    La Digue: a walk along the beach

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    Even when you are not too much into taking a bath or swimming on the famous beach it still makes sense to walk there and take a walk along the beach on a path that is winding between scenic and very impressive rocks, palmtrees and Woods. It is an easy path, there is the beachbar to relax, some shopping facilities like hats, cocnuts and a lot more.
    It makes sense to wear shoes, as you never know what kind of animals might be hidden in the soft sand that you will walk through there.
    And always watch out for Spiders, that love to span their nets between the trees like shown in my local-customs-tips !

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    La Digue: The Copra - mill

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    There are a lot of products made of Coconuts, once that the coco-milk had been taken out. Copra is the dried meat of the coconut and it is used to extract cocnut oil. In La Digue you will be able to see and visit an estate, where copra is won and you will see how it is done in the mill that you can see in my main picture.
    Our tourguide took us there and gave some informations and we were able to touch the coconuts, that was quite interesting !
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    In case that you are on your own, you will as well be able to go there, and take a look by yourself. The estate is not fenced in and you will find it at the very end of the road that you have to take - by Ox-Chart, bicycle or Walking - in order to get to the famous beach "Anse Source D'Argent"

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    La Digue: The Eagle's Nest Mountains

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    The Eagle's Nest Mountains, what a funny name for a group of big rocks, close to the beach and next to the place where you can see and touch the Giant Turtoise.
    There are more such rocks on the closeby beach, where they make a perfect scenic contrast to the sandy grounds and the waves of the ocean.
    Dont expect to see Eagles there or Eagles nests, it is just a funny name !
    In my last Picture you will see that Praslin - as seen from La Digue - will survive the big floods that might come within some decades because of the warming of the atmosphere, while for instance the Maledives are totally flat and will be really in danger then to be totally flooded !

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    Victoria: The Sri Navasakthi Vinayagar temple

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    The Sri Navasakthi Vinayagar temple in Victoria is a hindu-temple close to the markethall and when you take off your shoes you are welcome to take a closer look of the interesting interior with lots of colorful sculptures of the hindu-mythology.

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    Victoria: Seychelles National Museum of History

    by globetrott Updated May 4, 2015

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    The Seychelles National Museum of history in Victoria is a large museum with lots of parkings-paces around of it, and it is rather close to the port where the cruiseships are docking.
    In front of the museum you will also find some old cannons.
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    The National Museum of history is open for visitors:
    mon-fri 08.30am - 04.30pm
    saturdays 09.00am - 01.00pm
    closed sundays,thursdays and holidays

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    Victoria: a great colonial building

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    This scenic colonial building is without doubt one of the most beautiful houses of the colonial times in Victoria. Nowadays it is a small shopping-centre with an antiques-shop and an art-gallery. Photography is forbidden inside but it makes sense to step up and take a look at the lovely balcony and the nice interior. Tourists are welcome, even when they are just walking around inside the building.

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    Victoria: the mosque

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    The mosque of Victoria is a bit off the beaten path and I also did not dare to walk any closer, but also from its gates you will be able to take a look and a few photos of the interesting building: Other mosques will have a half-moon on top of the mosque and minaret, the one in Victoria has a half-moon plus a star.

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    Victoria: The Historical Museum

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    The Historical Museum in Victoria was built inside an old warehouse or colonial building that looks quite interesting from outside. It is a pity that this museum was not open, while I was in Victoria and I could also not find any inscription showing the opening-times, so maybe the museum is closed at all at the moment or under renovation.

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