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Cyclone (almost) in Mauritius

Being on a  island in the middle of the South Indian Ocean when a powerful Cyclone approaches is what I imagine playing right field in pro baseball must be like.  Long stretches of low grade boredom interrupted by short intense periods of terror.

I’ll admit to being a little cavalier about ‘cyclone season’ when we planned to come to Mauritius in January.  After all it had been the ‘rainy season’ while we were in Seychelles and it only rained at night.  Not really a spoiler. We were never in and danger.  We just got wet. Continue Reading →

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Don’t Park Under a Coconut Tree (and other things we learned in Seychelles)

After a week on Mahé, the main island of Seychelles, we hopped over to the third largest link in the chain called La Digue.  You get there by taking a ferry to Praslin (the second largest) and then a smaller boat the rest of the way.  If this sounds familiar to the journey from Vancouver to Hornby Island B.C. you are correct Watson and that is not where the similarities end.  It’s pretty groovy and quirky too.

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Highly technical direction system.

The granite island of La Digue has a population of about 2,000 people, who mostly live in the villages of La Passe where the dock is and La Réunion on the west side. It is only about 10 km², which makes it easy to zip around by bike.  There are a few taxis and delivery trucks but everyone else uses 2 wheels and handle bars.  Continue Reading →

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Hot Sticky Paradise in The Seychelles

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Steps from our door. Grande Anse.

The North Island Lodge, in the Seychelles, is the most expensive hotel in the world.  The private island boutique sanctuary which flits you in by helicopter from the main island of Mahé will tickle your wallet for a skimpy $6,695USD … a night.  The world’s second most expensive, according to Travel Mag  is here too.   Fregate Island Private can make your pirate fantasies come true for just less than $6K a night.   For these astounding rates you will have a butler at your beck and call 24/7, gourmet food, free flowing organic fruity cocktails and should you so desire, your own private beach.  This is NOT where we stayed.  But the stunning natural beauty they offer is also achievable for the more budget minded traveller.  The rainbow of birds still sing you awake and the tropical flowers still bloom and scent the breeze even when you’re paying far less.  The Seychelles are truly a tropical wonder of drool inducing beauty. Continue Reading →

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Disneyland Paris – The Same But Different

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Just another day in the café

How much time should an 11 year old spend in bars?  I’m asking for a friend.  Is too much unhealthy?  Will it warp her for later?  Or will she be so sick of the bar scene by then she’ll skip it all together?  I can almost picture her when her friends try to sneak into a club underage when they are teenagers “I’ll skip it guys, it’s not that big a deal”.  Should she know how to open and pour wine, order beer and ask for the tab in several languages?  Should she enjoy quietly sketching the events of the day or doing math problems while her parents chat away the afternoons and evenings in café after café after café?  Continue Reading →