day saw us docked in Victoria on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles with a beautiful view of the city and surrounding islands. We had a tour of the island and would be gone all day to visit beautiful beaches, a botanic garden, a historic mission lodge, to see how the slaves lived, and a tea plantation.
At the garden we saw the Coco-de-Mer palms native to this area. These trees have the largest seeds of any tree on earth. Of course the natives make all sorts of things to sell the tourist from the seeds. There were also many giant tortoises in the garden and people would try to sit on them to have their pictures taken. After a long ride we arrived at a beach hotel where lunch was served followed by a swim in the beautiful Indian Ocean. My first swim was straight out and back and the water was perfect, only there was a lot of seaweed close to shore
. Then I walked the beach while Mary Ann stayed in a chair talking to a few other people. At the North end of the beach was a grouping of huge boulders that actually formed a small swimming pool with a single opening to the sea. I thought it would be fun to swim in there and it was. Later I thought suppose I swim out through the opening and around the boulders going south to reach the beach. Sounds like a good idea so away I went, it was a little difficult getting through the opening to the open sea because the waves were constantly pushing you back. Once out you had to stay away from the boulders as I paralleled the shore to then return to the beach. Only there was a lot of seaweed there and this made it extremely difficult to move your arms and legs since they were covered with the stuff. Finally after anxious moments I freed myself from the weeds and swam back. Mary Ann walked into the water looking for me but didn't go swimming. The Tea House was our next stop and we had beautiful views from the mountain top on all sides and the grass tea was good, back to the dock and the short tender ride to the ship found us back in our cabin discussing the day’s events. We knew these islands were very popular for the Europeans to honeymoon and our neighbors in Hollywood, Florida the Romanellis son Marco and his wife went here. We could understand why it is so popular with the Europeans, it is a truly beautiful place.