Travel Blogs from Nosy Be
... We saw lots of different plants that are used for medicinal purposes, wild growing coffee, saffron, vanilla, as well as a strange green spiky fruit called a jack fruit, and lots of paw paw and banana trees!
Then we headed back to the boat and we all had a go at rowing - Steve, our guide and the boat owner did it all the way, but it was very hot!
We had lunch and came back to the hotel to chill for a few hours, before ...
... of ylang ylang, and the air is fragrant with its particular smell. The trees grow very tall, but for ease of picking the flowers they are pruned to grow no higher than 2 metres, so everywhere we saw lots of trees that looked as if a storm had broken them down. We saw the copper vats that the perfume is distilled in - apparently the recipe is 500kg of flowers + 300 litres of water, just to make 12 litres of ylang ylang oil ...
... and the owner (Gerard - we have not met Francine yet) said "Bienvenue les voyageurs braves" - welcome brave travellers!!
Other initial impressions:
- we can hear the Indian ocean, it's about 20 metres away, in the dark
- 3 ply loo roll (even Madagascar still influenced by French obsession with their bums and what comes out of it!)
Tana is a bit our central point in Madagascar, so one in a while we stay here for a couple of nights, do some shopping and head forward to a new direction. This time also Jasper and Lisette were in Tana, we spend a great evening together, good that we bought the pack with 5 liter red wine!
To explore North of Madagascar we grabbed all our guts together and hopped on the taxi-brousse direction Majunga (North), actually it was a good journey. We were a bit releaved after ...
... trying to sell us different touristy things in the middle of the road with cars and buses trying to get past.
When we got back to the dock there was a very long line waiting for the tenders fortunately we had an umbrella to give some protection from the sun. While heading back to the ship we noticed that the crew had removed the razor wire from the promenade deck and also, the water cannons and sound devises so I guess we are no longer in danger from the ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet