July 31, 2012

Travel Tuesday: Seychelles

Today is Travel Tuesday and I am proud to say that this post marks #100 for my blog.  Maybe I can celebrate in Seychelles.

I would love more than anything to escape here…daydreaming about it right now.  Paradise on Earth

Located far off the coast of Africa, Seychelles is known for its paradise like islands, its white powdery beaches and warm azure water. The Seychelles, the name alone conjures up images of hidden treasure and tropical paradise. The myths still exist; are they just the jewel-like scattered remnants of a forgotten continent, or simply the original ‘Garden of Eden’, and what arcane mysteries are locked inside of those 650 million year old rocks.
 The History
From the end of the 16th century until 1730, the Seychelles remained the secret hiding place for pirates.
1974-1811 Sovereignty of the islands fluctuates between England and France, several times.
1835- The first telegraph cable is laid, between Mahe and Sansibar.
1893- England abolishes slavery on the islands, granting 4000 slaves their freedom.
1903- The Seychelles break away from the Mauritius colony, and become a separate colony under British rule.
1972- Opening of the International Airport, built by the British Government.
1976- On 29th June 1996, the Seychelles became an Independent republic.
1977- Albert Rene seizes power in the coup d’etat.
1982/1983- The atoll of Aldabra and Vallee de Mai are included in the list of World Heritage sites.
1993- The Republic of the Seychelles in made into a multiparty state, and Albert Rene is democratically voted President, having been in office since 1977.
The People
 The people of the Seychelles are the same as their lifestyle, warm and friendly. 200 years ago the islands were still uninhabited, and the staging ground for pirates. The inhabitants of today are a mixture of African, Asian and European.
The official languages in the Seychelles are Creole, English and French. Creole is often spoken amongst the locals, with English being the administrative language.
   The attitude of the inhabitants is very relaxed, enjoying life in paradise to the full, the way life was intended to be spent.
The Climate
 The Seychelles are located just south of the equator providing a tropical climate, meaning all year round high humidity levels and an average temperature between 25 and 30 oC.
   The time difference between night and day throughout the year hardly changes. Sunset is between 6:00 and 6:30pm, and sunrise usually around 6:00am. Unlike in the European countries night falls very fast, within a matter of minutes the sun has set and darkness has fallen. The Seychelles are within the southern hemisphere offering a totally different night sky, which will amaze and fascinate any European visitors.
The seasons on the Seychelles are controlled through the wind direction of the Monsoons. Between November and April the Northwest Monsoon is in control, and from May to October it is the turn of the Southeast Monsoon, which brings with it dry air, strong winds and rough seas.
   On Mahe the south-western beaches are effected the most, with the beaches of Beau Vallon being quiet at this time of year. On the south-western beaches of Praslin one must expect large quantities on seaweed which is washed upon the shores at this time of year.
Some beaches, for example those in the Southeast of La Digue, are only suitable for very good swimmers, and because of the strong underwater currents are very dangerous. Such beaches are, as a rule, not the hotel beaches and such locations are usually sign posted warning of the danger. The hotel staff or local people will be able to advice you which beaches are safe and which are not.
   Although the Monsoons bring with them strong winds and dangerous underwater sea currents, the Seychelles lie outside of the Cyclone zone.

If I ever get the chance to visit paradise I would like to stay at The Four Seasons Seychelles

This will be me one day

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