Le Saint Alexis
Travel Blogs from Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains
... the native tongue of very few, is broadly understood by most. We had very little trouble communicating in Africa and much more trouble in French speaking Reunion.
... a flat red lava gravel plain whose colours were surreal. It was a
short walk to the old crater rim where you could look out over the lava plain
to the cone of the current active volcano which is Piton De Fournaise. It was a
5 hour walk up to the edge of the current crater so we decided just to walk to
the edge of the drop down to the old crater. What an amazing unique experience!
After leaving the volcano we continued across the island centre to the west
... the sea. We then drove north over a low pass to a beach area called Beau Vallon. We retraced our steps back through Victoria and headed over a high pass, over 2000ft, toward the west coast. Our driver was a twenty nine year old Seychellian who had studied in London for three years and spoke perfect English. He was very informative and told us all the local gossip including who lived in each mansion. The Arab Sheiks each have a holiday house with the Abu Dhabi Sheiks being the ...
... in a delightful bay called Manapany. Here there is a man-made deep pool with a gap on the sea side through which the waves surge at intervals. Nathalie and co are all in the water so we don't hesitate to join them (after rummaging around Sue's luggage for L&E as they hadn't come prepared!) The pool is over 2m deep but you have to be careful not to stand on the small white urchins on ...
... 11 minutes later was better than the take off. Laura nearly missed us - I saw her on the beach reading her book but she wasn't expecting us so soon so wasn't looking out for us.
Back to Le Zat for lunch, where the sun came out and the skies cleared. After a swim we headed of to Kelonia and the turtle museum/sancutary. A big variety of sized turtles were there for us to see, especially in the huge tanks and including one who only had one front ...