Day 82, Thurs., March 28, 2013 — Victoria, Seychelles

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     We received another note yesterday informing us that for the third time, our area of deck 3 would not have water available because of service and maintenance today starting at 9 a.m.  Luckily, the toilets still worked.  At 8:30 in the morning it was 84 degrees with 78% humidity.  It was 12:30 am on the east coast of the USA.

     The local Port Authority offered complimentary shuttle service to the Victoria Stadium in town, a 10 to 20 minute ride depending on traffic.  The many ethnic groups on the islands in the Indian Ocean speak over a dozen languages, but Creole is spoken by most of the islanders.  Most Seychellois will conduct business in French, speak English to the tourists and Creole at home.

     It was very hot and humid as we walked through town, but we are only 4 degrees south of the equator.  Many items were expensive.  I loved a couple of the designer t-shirts, but at $35 I am kind of glad they didn’t have my size.   The butterfly is a loose interpretation of the globe.  Maybe I can try to make one at home.

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     We turned down a side street which turned out to be like a local market and found a Hindu Temple a couple of blocks up the street.

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The Clock Tower, erected in 1903 to celebrate the Seychelles becoming an English colony.  The silver tower is a replica of the clock tower outside Victoria Station in London.IMG_2492

Tortoise statue outside the Post Office.

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Statue of the double coconut, or Coco de Mer.

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  St. Paul’s Cathedral

Sri Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple, Seychelles Hindu Kovil Sangan 

 

  Hindu Temple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Luckily our water was working when we returned to the ship.  It is amazing to visit all these ports, but it feels so good to be home on the Amsterdam.  Our entertainment tonight was Richard Gauntlett.  His act was totally different, a variety of Vaudeville entertainment.  We really enjoyed him.

Our clocks were set back one hour tonight.

“Sometimes the cure for restlessness is rest.”  ~  Colleen Wainwright

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