Wednesday, 27 January 2016
27.01.2016 - 27.01.2016
Just 4° South of the Equator with a temperature around 30 °C and a humidity that causes your clothes to be saturated within minutes. Calm seas and overcast sky as we approach the Port of Victoria on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles. Quite a different island to that in the Maldives with significant hills along the length of the island. The Captain brought the ship alongside the dock which we shared with the Costa Romantica.
After a quick breakfast we collected our things and walked off the ship. There's a total lack of formalities which contrasts again with the over-officious Indian Border Security regime. We walked into the town as far as the markets and were totally saturated in the high humidity.
The markets were typical of other island communities with a mixture of fresh produce and trade goods. The fruit and vegetables were typical of the tropics. The fish were greater in number and much larger in size than any we've previously see. It was as well that we were early as there was no refrigeration for the fish which were displayed on bare benches. The atmosphere would have been quite ripe by midday.
On our way back to the ship we stopped for some Coke at the local 'Supermarket'. The name has a different meaning here to what we're used to. They stock a different range of items and there are far fewer choices with most commodities only available in a single size and brand.
Arrived back at the ship just ahead of a tropical shower, not sure that we could have been wetter than we were from sweat. Refreshed ourselves and ducked up to the Horizon Court for lunch and headed for the Movie of the Day. Just over two hours of Old Wild West killing and drinking. Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman stared in the 1992 film "Unforgiven".
Back to the cabin to prepare for dinner. Great meal in the dining room and then off to the Theatre for a tribute to Johnny Cash show by Cash and Friends. He was pretty good and his wife sang well in the style of Patsy Cline. The ship is sailing at somewhere near top speed as we head South West to Maputo. Three Sea Days before we get there.
After visiting the fish markets in Victoria we found a Hindu Temple, if you have time you can view it by following this link to the image for Today
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony