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THE SEYCHELLES TWO

The ultimate beaches

sunny 90 °F

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Relaxing, engaging, beautiful, simple and complex, inviting... These islands are full of places and things to discover: attractive kiosks with good jewelry next to attractive kiosks with shells, a miniature Big Ben in the middle of Main Street, a fine market, and always another extraordinary beach. We visited La Digue, Praslin, and Mahe and loved them all; we leave here feeling relaxed and warm-hearted...

... and that is a good thing because we have just entered a High Risk Area threatened by pirates and will be moving through it until March 23. We are accompanied by naval forces and helicopters of various countries and are advised to keep our lights off and curtains closed. Mot of the instructions in the event of hearing an emergency signal are logical - leave the suite and lie down in the corridor so you don't fall if the ship zig-zags - but one sounds challenging: if you are in the swimming pool, get out immediately as the pool will be fast discharged. They have installed sirens and lights on the decks and we feel very safe...

...and we remember basking in the Seychelles' sun.

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THE SEYCHELLES

Far from the madding crowd

sunny 95 °F

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We have had three idyllic days in the Seychelles, the smallest African country: total pop. 95,000 scattered on 115 islands or so in the Indian Ocean. So boats of every sort abound, crisscrossing the turquoise waters, carrying goods and fishermen and tourists from one place to another. One thing doesn’t seem to move very well: the 250,000+ giant tortoises that creep across the landscape. The coco de mer is endemic here also, the world’s largest nut that quite closely resembles female buttocks etc.

The culture is rich and energetic. French and English settlers (18th century) acquired African slaves to work the land (of course!), and then small colonies of Indian and Chinese came --- and then --- they all seemed to slowly merge into a multi-racial, multi-cuisined, multi-linguistic harmonious blend of Creole culture that seems to work. The Seychelles have the highest per capita GDP ($30,000) in Africa; they export fish and spices originally planted by the French horticulturist Pierre Poivre. Their churches - and their Hindu temple - are spiffy; smartly painted picket fences line the roads on which most folks bicycle along.

And then there are the beaches. The sand is REALLY finer than sugar, the water warm and the birds atweet.

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