Back to London

So, an earlyish start, with a 700am pick up.  Took about 45/55 mins to get to the airport in ‘rush hour’ 😊 traffic.  In fact we passed the airport as our aircraft was arriving from London.

Not as chaotic as it could have been at the airport.  Check in for British airways was ok, quickly through passports and security and into the terminal.

Flight left on time which is always nice, and was about 10 and a half hours.  The trouble is, it’s all during daylight hours which, although I did sleep, makes it a little harder to.  The Boeing Dreamliner is a nice aircraft though, and a long flight in it is certainly less tiring and draining than others.

Back to London just fine.  Now the fun begins – getting my missing suitcase back from South Africa !

Christmas shopping awaits ☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️ then we head over to a Tampa next Tuesday, returning back to England on Christmas Day !

Last Day

Basically, relaxing around the resort. We got up, had some breakfast, went back to the room, down to the beach for lunch etc.. That kind of thing.  We enjoyed ourselves doing it, and the weather was mostly cooperative.

Great views from our room (front and back).

Finally, that evening we went to the restaurant for the ‘Creole Evening’.  Pleasant, although I’m not a big fan of the ‘Managers Cocktail Party’ that was on just before. Nothing wrong with it, but you always sense they don’t want to do it but they have to, and you get put together with guests who you wouldn’t ordinarily hang out with, who are going for the free drink ! Call me unsociable if you like 😊

Great rooms – like separate villas.

Your own entry area to your villa

We liked the Seychelles. Very clean (constant road sweepers) and gave a good feeling about the place.  I think the British/French flavour creates a good look and feel to the place.  There were beautiful beaches (but not crowded), plenty of places to visit (but not commercialised), fantastic hotels, mountains (small), beautiful scenery, good shopping, good food, and very pleasant people.  One extra night would have been nice, but British Airways only fly on Thursdays and Sundays at the moment.  Otherwise, you have to transit likely in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

Day Out Touring the Island

Great day, starting with a sociable 10am pick up from our hotel.  We headed south first on the island, stopping for a few photos etc..  Those photos from travel magazines and such like must’ve been taken on the route we took ☺️ – beautiful views everywhere.

We stopped at a small rum distillery, had a coffee etc., looking at so many nice looking colonial style buildings.  Originally settled by the French, but then colonised by the British, the island has those 2 influences on it that are quite visible at times.

A stop at a craft centre along the way (nice that the people aren’t pushy) and into Victoria, the Capital of the Seychelles . Cute little place with a replica of Big Ben’s tower in the middle as a memorial to Queen Victoria (they called it “Little Ben”😊).  We did a little bit of shopping, walked around, saw the Victoria Market, Hindu temple etc..  Nice, and I must say it felt very clean.

After Victoria, we crossed over the middle of the island, through the national park, at an elevation of around 1,800 feet.  We stopped at a small tea plantation, and looked down through some of the clouds that were hugging the ‘mountain’.

Further drive down the hill to a small restaurant on the west coast near Port Glaud, called Del Place Bar and Restaurant, which had a great waterside location.  Betsy had a nice Red Snapper, and I had the fish curry which is apparently a Creole favourite.

Finally, nice drive back to the hotel, where we later enjoyed watching the sun set down near the beach.