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Mar 16, 2014 - Victoria, Seychelles

3/16 – 3/20 In another 1942 miles (three sea days) we were docked in Victoria, Seychelles. Victoria is a beautiful old town. We spent hours walking around and checking out the stores. They had an interesting market. Joan went to the botanical garden to paint the resident turtle.

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Apr 7, 2010 - 100 Days

I didn't change my map location, because the maps don't recognize places at sea. We are moving towards Salalah, Oman. 100 Days Our core group of 24 has been together for 100 days. We have fluctuated in our numbers with some people that started with us leaving at some point, then we picked up more along the way, but will be leaving before Cairo, and a few of the core group will be taking an extension beyond Cairo. I’d like to tell you something about my travel mates. Valerie is our group leader. She keeps us all together, sends and posts...

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Apr 4, 2010 - Eastter Sunday

April 4, 2010 Easter Sunday Curieuse Island, Seychelles This is the second time we’ve been to the Seychelle Islands, but who’s complaining about being in Paaradise? And what a way to spend Easter Sunday. I don’t think I’ll ever forget this one. Seychelles is an archipelago nation of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. In February, we visited Praslin and Mahe. Today we would be seeing Curieuse Island. We arrived at Preslin and after getting on that island by ship’s tender, we boarded a catamaran that would take us to the island. It was a...

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Apr 1, 2010 - Port Victoria, Mahe', Seychelles; April 1-2, 2010

As flat & white sand beaches & islands were the Maldives, the Seychelles Island of Mahe' is an opposite: towering, lush green very large island (white sand beaches are scattered among the rock outcroppings with homes perched high above & on the water line) in the archipelago chain of the Seychelles. We arrived at 17:00 (5 pm), late in the day to start any tours, in the Port of Victoria. Ellie is still recovering from a cold & heat exhaustion, so we will limit our excursions to tomorrow & when it is cooler to go out into the tropical...

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Feb 26, 2010 - Seychelles

Friday, February 26, 2010 Seychelles More than 100 islands and islets make up the Seychelles archipelago, yet the total land area is a mere 175 sq miles; so if you’d like paradise on a remote island this is the place to come. Most of the land is composed of granite outcroppings where some of the formations are spectacular. On Thursday, we visited two of the islands, starting in the morning with Preslin (Praylin), the second largest in the group. We came especially to see the male and female coco de mere palm, unique to the Seychelles and...

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Aug 23, 2009 - We're Off!

The big day has finally arrived. After many days and weeks of waiting and anticipation, we are a few short hours from leaving for our wedding and adventure! While we're away, we will try to update this site as often as possible, although I'm sure that there will be long stretches where the Internet is far far away. Our first flight, from Toronto to Frankfurt, Germany leaves at 10pm tonight. Thanks to timezones, we arrive about 7h later, at noon. From there, our next flight goes to Dubai and finally from Dubai to Victoria, Seychelles. 24-odd...

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Mar 7, 2009 - Exploring Mahe

Today I woke up early to meet up with Dave to go down south of Mahe. It took us 1 1/2hrs by bus to get there. The bus rides are awfully scary because the roads are so narrow and curvy that the bus has to get in the other lane to turn a corner. When we arrived we met up with a local girl named Bernadette that Dave had met through Couch Surfers (more on that later). Dave paid for us to all go horse back riding along the beach. We got there and the owner asked if we were beginner riders. I have ridden horses but I consider myself a beginner....

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Mar 6, 2009 - I'm now a certified diver!!

Today I graduated from my PADI diving course! YAY! It look four days and I'm exhausted. Alot harder then I expected. It was very challenging with underwater exercises and alot of studying and taking tests. Went on three dives so far and saw tons of really cool colorful fish along with an octopus, star fish, sea anemones, huge clams, a shellfish that you always see for sale in the shops with prints on them and a HUGE lobster! To bad I couldn't grab it and eat it. Now its time to see and explore the islands! My days have been consumed with...

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Mar 2, 2009 - I made it to PARADISE!!

I am here on the Mahe Island in the Seychelles. The Seychelles are not a part of Africa. They don't know when and who discovered the islands first but the French claimed it there own. The Dutch in SA were doing so well growing and selling spices that the French wanted to the same so they used the islands to do so. They broke away from the french in the 1970's and became independent. You can tell this is a high end destination because the plain that takes you here was plush! They gave you fresh pillows and blankets along with FREE alcohol....

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May 25, 2008 - Seychelles

We arrived in the Seychelles late at night - it was a trying day so we were really glad to get here! Long story short - we were outdated, over weight, and bill had his spear confiscated! Despite all that - this place is amazing. The water is the most amazing color - like we haven't seen anywhere. Our hotel is right on the beach and the sunsets are beautiful! We've met some friends from Italy - Carlo and Elena that we've had some fun with. Today we rented a car and started exploring the island - went snorkeling - it was great! Later we're...

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AFRICA!

Apr 1, 2007 - Mahe, SEYCHELLES

The Seychelles' French history began in the mid-18th century when Governor Mahe de la Bourdonnais of Mauritius commissioned Captain Lazare Picault to explore the archipelago. Impressed by the lush landscape, Picault named the largest island L'Ile d'Abondance [Isle of plenty], but of course, he took time to honour himself as well [his landing site is Baie Lazare]. In 1756, Captain Nicolas Morphey raised the French flag and the new colony was named in honour of Louis XV's Chancellor, Jean Moreau de Seychelles. By the end of the century,...

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Aug 7, 2006 - Lusaka, Zambia to Seychelles

We finally left Lusaka after noon and flew across the coast of Malawi, if my memory serves me correctly, and across the Indian Ocean to Seychelles, where we landed for fuel. The GPS navigation system worked flawlessly and we were awed by the beauty of the Island nation of Seychelles. A dark green Isle in the middle of the blue ocean. After topping off the tanks, we took off and headed out across the Indian ocean, with a course set to take us to Mumbai, India.

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