Hotel Royal Palissandre
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... the entrance gate was marked with a huge eagle and a phallus as a sign of circumcision and nobility - I've never seen a coat of arms quite like that before. Our tour guide told us that the tradition here when a boy is circumcised is for the grandfather to eat the skin quickly with a banana. Apart from the strange decoration, the palace had a beautiful view over the city and the gardens were filled with poinsettias (our ...
... welcome back was very touching. June had cooked a welcome home meal of shepherds pie followed by apple crumble and ice cream. Dino and his friend stayed to dinner along with Binh, Chad, Greta, Emma, Christina and June and we got caught up in all the Akany Gossip since we'd been away.
The next morning, and my last day, I went to do the mid morning baby shift.... and they all remembered me and ran towards me arms outstretched..... then ...
... also interesting trees and plants to see and a pair of comical chameleons stepping slowly and purposefully along the branches of a bush. There were some small baobabs ( really to be seen down in the south) and a long spindly cactus which always leans towards the south ( that might be useful if we ever get lost!)
After a very French lunch of baguette and cheese we set off back to Tana with our driver and his 2CV... no seat belts of course.... ...
... But Manda was keen to complete his rather long and arduous tour of duty along Madagascar's windy, pot-holed and peopled roads. Manda was an interesting character. The son of a doctor, he gained some education in economics in France. He had returned to Madagascar and established a tour guide business, offering cycling and motorised tours. A passionate cyclist, he clearly preferred clients who were adventurous and willing to engage with Malagasy people, places ...
... Plus a visit to the Queen's Palace, and
amazing lookout point. Last time here (3 years ago we didn't find
the interesting places due to a lack of time).
A great day touristing and buying lovely Madagascar crafts - oops!
There is already no room at home. But we can't resist. At our lunch stop we were surrounded by guys trying to sell us everything from fresh strawberries and mandarins to musical instruments to books - even a 2010 edition ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Royal Palissandre Antananarivo
The Palissandre is a perfect hotel in terms of location, service and above all, the integration between management and the staff.
I believe it's hard to keep the hotel style and everything working perfectly at the same time.
Congratulations to the team!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.