Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles

2018 HAL World Cruise

Saturday, March 24, 2018

 

For years, I’ve read articles about the Seychelles in travel magazines.  So, it was a joy to finally go there!  The Seychelles are composed of 115 islands.  We docked at Victoria on the island of Mahe.  This is the capital of the Seychelles and is the one of the smallest capitals in the world.  The city is charming.  First colonized by France in the 1700s and later controlled by Britain, the Seychelles gained independence in 1976.  But the French charm and the colonial architecture remind one of the former history.  The current population is descended from the Africans, Indians, and Chinese who were brought in to work the spice, sugar and cotton plantations.  Their language, music and food reflect these global influences.  They are called Creole, and their culture is very similar to that witnessed in New Orleans or the Caribbean!

From the dock, we could see this would be a charming port.
From the dock, we could see this would be a charming port.
A craft market was set up on the dock.
A craft market was set up on the dock.
Independence Ave is the main street through town.
Independence Ave is the main street through town.
The buildings are lovely.
The buildings are lovely.
A small Hindu Temple seen on a side street in town.
A small Hindu Temple seen on a side street in town.
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Kaz Zanana is the gallery of George Camille, a noted Seychelles artist. It is an old and restored Creole Cottage.
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The cafe seems to be permanently closed, but the artwork is lovely and very similar to the tropical art seen in the Caribbean.
Interior of the Kaz Zanana (obviously where the cafe once served.)
Interior of the Kaz Zanana (obviously where the cafe once served.)
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A vibrant and colorful work by George Camille. Very similar to the type of artwork found throughout the Caribbean.
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Enjoying a cup of tea prepared by the very nice lady manning the art gallery. The tea is grown locally. It is strong, served with milk and sugar. Quite nice!
The MS Amsterdam as seen from Victoria.
The MS Amsterdam as seen from Victoria.

 

 

Our next port is La Possession on the island of Reunion.

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