Thursday, June 25, 2009

Seychelles: Islands of Love

The Seyshelles consist of two-hundred islands located in the India Ocean, west of Africa.

The capital, Victoria, is in the island of Mahe that boasts some of the most beautiful unspoiled beaches in the world.

I ate the most delicious fish in Mahe. Delectable salads often contain octopuss and coco-de-mer fruits.

Transportation between islands is by ferry, hydrofoil, or small planes. We use this plane to go to LaDigue island. But it got stuck in the mud and on the way back, we all had to go down and push to get it going.

Within the islands, we used a cart pulled by an ox to move around.

La Digue is famous for its granite cliffs that sparkle in the sun and for its giant turtles.

The coco-de-mer is a huge tree with a straight trunk about twenty-five to thirty metters, fan-shaped leaves and large nuts or seed which centre enormous fruits ten to fifteen kilos. The coc-de-mer trees are hidden in a forest called la Vallee de Mai, hidden in the heart of the island of Pralin.
The coco-de-mer flowers are either masculine or feminine. The male blossoms are a mass of tiny yellow honey scented flowers resembling a big virile member.
The nut looks very much like a female pubis. a Seychelles legend says that coco-de-mers meet and mate on stormy nights, and that it's unlucky for human beings to be present.

This female coco-de-mer was given to us as a gift, apparently a valuable gift. My husband had it stored in a plexiglas box to preserve it.

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Jane said...

I didn't know much about the Seychelles, but it's beautiful. I think I would enjoy the cuisine. I would treasure the female coco-de-mer too if I received it as a gift.

Eva S said...

Beautiful picures, I think I'd love to visit the islands!

Molly Daniels said...


One of my favorite places to write was sitting beside Tampa Bay...I could easily be very happy on a white samdy beach anywhere!

Can I stow away in your suitcase on your next trip, lol?

housemouse88 said...

The pictures are awe inspiring. Congrats on the book. It sound interesting. Love medical stories. Have a great day.

Amber Skyze said...

Beautiful pictures, Mona.

Marianne Evans said...

Mona, being born under the water sign, I have to say, this blog was fabulous! You put me right there. Thanks for the mini-vacay! ;-)

Nightingale said...

You travel in such exotic places, small wonder your books transport the reader to interesting new venues.

Mona Risk said...

Jane, these people know how to cook and season their fish. The coc-de-mer is my hubby's precious souvenir. He shows to every guest who comes to our house.

Mona Risk said...

Eva, I went three times to the Seychelles, accompanying my husband on his business trips to these islands. I never tired of the unspoiled beauty. If you walk through the forest and the Vallee de Mai where the coco-de-mer grows you need musquito repellent. We were eaten alive.

Mona Risk said...

Molly you can travel with me through my books. LOL

Mona Risk said...

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Mona Risk said...

Amber, thank you for visiting my blog.

Marianne, I am glad you enjoy my mini-vaction

Nightingale, that's the whole idea, to take my readers around the world with me.

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Mary Marvella said...

You could write a travel book! Do you have a Costco nearby? They have a program called my publisher that makes cool books from your photos.

Razlover's Book Blog said...

Wow what lovely pictures!

Mona you are so lucky to have been able to visit these gorgeous places.

Dayana said...

wow, Mona! Beautifully exotic. Thank you for sharing your adventure. And very interesting information in regard to the coco-de-mer. Enjoyed the read:)


Jean Hart Stewart said...

Wow, looks gorgeous to me. I'll have to read up on the Islands a little, don't know much about them.Jean

Mona Risk said...

Thank you for stopping by. The Seychelles are one of the most beautiful places on earth, especially if you like the ocean as much as I do.