It was our last full day in the Seychelles {sniff}.  We could have opted for another lazy day at the beach, but we thought to visit Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, instead.  We went by Cat-Cocos, spotted flying fish and waved at passengers on the boat heading in the opposite direction.

Victoria has a population of about 25000 people.  It is the smallest capital of any country in the world.  I’ve seen villages bigger than this place!

For the first time in all my travels I got to appreciate the intricacies of a Hindu Temple without the usual telephone lines dangling in front.

Beautiful :)

I’ll be honest with you; there’s not that much else to see.

We walked up to the clocktower that is a replica of the Little Ben in London, UK.

Why it is painted silver, I’m not sure.  I find it a little gaudy.  Sorry, but it’s true.  Mind you, it did match the ominous skies overhead.  It was erected (in 1903) to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee a few years earlier, in 1897.

We dilly-dallied through the markets.

It sold homemade chilli sauce (in bottles with caps that were sure to leak in your hand luggage) vanilla pods, fresh fruit and vegetables, the usual touristy curios and fish.

For a fish market it didn’t smell so bad… not like the experiences we’ve suffered in Mopti and Bamako (Mali) or anywhere else in Africa, for that matter!  In fact, if we come back to the Seychelles and opted to self-cater, we’d shop here for dinner, every day – no problem!

Wandering up the hill from the centre of town, you get a glimpse of normal life – as opposed to just the tourist sights (beaches and palm trees), and I enjoyed the traditionally built homes and buildings that were dotted around Victoria.

Of course, we had seen homes like this on Praslin too – but if you want to experience the original architecture of the Seychelles in all its traditional glory – the island of La Digue is the place to go.  We, unfortunately, didn’t make it to La Digue on this trip.  I figure the best way to look at this oversight is to save something to justify a return trip.

Within a couple of hours we had seen what we wanted to see and then plonked ourselves down at a window table in The Pirates’ Inn for some lunch and “people watched” as local business folk escaped their offices for their lunch breaks.

We noted, out of interest, that a Seybrew beer in a restaurant on Mahé cost only SCR 40 (~£2) compared to SCR 70 (~£3.50) on Praslin.  Mind you, if you shop where the locals do – a bottle of beer on Praslin can cost you as little as SCR 20 (~£1).  Guess what we did. ;)

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