Daydream Adventure: Seychelles

Please join me as my mind wanders to…Seychelles!

Seychelles is an island country off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean and forms an archipelago of 115 islands.  These islands were first settled by the famous Vasco da Gama in 1502 and were often used by traders between Europe, Africa, and Asia.  Now let’s look at some amazing places you can visit while in Seychelles!

Mahé is the largest island of Seychelles and contains the nation’s capital city, Victoria.  On this island, you can find the Victoria Clocktower, also called Lorloz by locals. The Lorloz is an elegant replica of the clock that stood in London, England at the junction of Victoria Street and Vauxhall Bridge Road.  This one in Seychelles was erected in 1903 after the country became a British colony in 1812 and still serves as a major national monument.  

Another national monument and perhaps a natural wonder is the sight you will see at the L’Union Estate on La Digue Island.  This giant granite boulder (it sounds weird, but keep reading), formed by cooling magma deep within the earth’s crust around 750 million years ago, is a spectacular tourist attraction to visit.  A sculpture formed by various forces of nature over millions of years, the shapes and large crystals embedded in the boulder will mesmerize you. 

One of the most interesting and unique things that you will notice is that Seychelles is home to some of the rarest forms of plants and wildlife in the world.  The country prides itself of having the record for far-sighted conservation policies.  On these islands, you’ll find some of the most exotic and wondrous species, including the smallest frog, the largest tortoise, the jellyfish tree, and the only flightless bird of the Indian Ocean.

via: hahaha (Sharenator)

via: photomazza

via: GreenFudge.org

And there are many legends surrounding Seychelles, among them 'Roc', Marco Polo's mythical bird. Arab historians believed the 'Roc' lived in Seychelles and could carry off and devour elephants! 

And if you stick around long enough, you may even find some Pirate's Booty!  Seychelles was once a pirate hideout!  In particular, Anse Forbans (meaning Pirate's Cove) on Mahé and Coté d'Or on Praslin.  In fact, Pirate Olivier le Vasseur's Treasure, today valued at $US 160,000,000 probably still lies buried somewhere at Bel Ombre in North Mahé.  The pirate, also known as 'La Buse' was hanged on the 17th of July 1730 in Reunion.  

via: Wikipedia

You definitely won’t have a boring moment visiting Seychelles Islands! If you want to find out more about the islands, visit their website at: http://www.seychelles.travel/en/home/index.php

*SIGH*– I do love to daydream…and I hope you enjoyed this daydream adventure with me!

~My Daydream List is just that – a list of adventures and places that would otherwise fill my bulletin boards, drawers, and notebooks. It includes rugged terrain and serene beaches, oceanic endeavors and oriental exploration — anything and everything that makes my heart beat faster. It is not a bucket list, there is no box to be checked, or expectation to be filled. Instead, it is a list of opportunities, and I hope to take on several of them in my lifetime. ~Adapted from 4th & Flatiron’s Adventure List! She stated exactly what I was thinking!!

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