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Bitche, France - 5th July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

We drove on to Bitche. It's built around a citadel that's about 80m above the town. The walk up was not easy.
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When we walked toward the citadel we passed the city hall and were surprised to see real storchs nesting on top of it.
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This is the view on Bitche from the citadel. A castle was built here in the 12th century by the dukes of Lorraine that passed to Eberhard I of Zweibrücken in 1297 as part of a marriage contract. When his line became extinct a few hundred years later it reverted to Lorraine and was captured by the French in the 17th century.
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The citadel was first built in the 17th century by Vauban, but was rebuilt starting in 1740 by Cormontaigne.
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It has a seperate, deep well inside and a bombsafe ring of the local sandstone. That way it held against Bavarian troups for 230 days, until the end of the war in 1870. There are movies about that.
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the first gate, then a second gate with a draw-bridge in between.
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Now it's a habitat for many insects and lizards.
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Unfortunately the lizards didn't want to pose with me, but I asked for some of the photos of them to be added here anyway.
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* Posted Jul 6, 2008, 4:02 pm Last edited Jul 7, 2008, 8:07 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Zweibrücken, Germany - 5th July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

We visited the city Zweibrücken. You already heard about their dukes owning this or that in my earlier updates. Well, this is their Herzogsschloss (Herzog = duke) from the back.
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And this is me at the place in front of the city hall. The statue is of Bismark.
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Here you can see a bit of the state stud farm of Rheinlandpfalz(that's the German state). It's very close to the city center.
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Homburg, Germany - 9th July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

Tonight we heard many sirens and screeching tires and saw blue, blinking lights outside the window. Hopefully nothing really bad happened there.

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Essen, Germany - 18th July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

I am now in Essen and we're busy packing the suitcases and buying some small stuff we still need. Bye for now! I'll update again when we're back in Germany!

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Düsseldorf, Germany - 19th July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

We had to go to Düsseldorf to catch our first plane which took us to Dubai. I can't tell you much more because for this part of the trip, I was mostly sleeping in the suitcase.

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Dubai, UAE - 19th July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

In Dubai we changed planes and it took nearly 5 more hours to fly to Mahé, the main island of Seychelles.
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* Posted Aug 12, 2008, 9:18 am Last edited Aug 12, 2008, 9:19 am by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Au Cap, Mahé, Seychelles - 20th July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

We arrived at Mahé early in the morning and I was glad to get out. We just spent the day relaxing. we found that the food on offer here is much different from Europe.
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Au Cap, Mahé, Seychelles - 21st July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

We live in a self-catering house and it has a private beach that we went to today.
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We have to be careful not to get sunburnt!
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* Posted Aug 12, 2008, 9:30 am Last edited Aug 12, 2008, 9:36 am by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


crossing Mahé, Seychelles - 22nd July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

Today the weather is warm but not beach-sunny so we are going to explore the island a bit. We're going to drive to the west coast. Here we are still on the east coast, doing our very own version of 'drive-by shootings'.
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There are abount 5-7, depending on which size you count, different mountain roads that allow you to traverse the island. They are very narrow and esp. the bus drivers drive them very fast and not only on their side of the road, either, so it was a bit scary because on the one side there are the huge granite rocks and on the other it goes down without guard rail or even a tiny side-strip.
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The mountains go up to around 900m and have a real rain forest.
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We're through! This is Boileau Bay.
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* Posted Aug 13, 2008, 11:52 am Last edited Aug 13, 2008, 6:52 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Port Glaud, Mahé, Seychelles - 22nd July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

We wanted to get to a marine national park at Port Launay so we took the coastal (not that there is any other) road north.

Grand Anse and Île aux Vaches:
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Port Glaud:
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the Sundown restaurant:
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A little boutique and grocery store. Small ones like this are all along the roads.
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a very nice garden
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In front of Port Glaud there's Thérèse Island and the smaller L'Islette.
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Port Launay Marine National Park, Mahé, Seychelles - 22nd July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

The road led through some mangrove areas.
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We drove up until Cap Mantoopa where the road ends at a youth village that borders on Baie Ternay, a nature reserve, on the other side. The children of the island all spend some time here in the summer.
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We turned back a bit to find the best place to go to the beach at Port Launay Marine National Park.
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We looked for a dry and not too sandy place in the shade to relax a bit. These roads are very curvy and narrow in places.
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Then we made your way back. Days are relatively short this close to the equator. At 5 p.m. it already starts to get dark.
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Back to the east coast.

We wanted to do some more shopping. Fresh fruit and also fish are often sold in small amouts (extras from the garden or the day's catch).
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North again to the capital: Victoria
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* Posted Aug 13, 2008, 6:50 pm Last edited Aug 13, 2008, 7:26 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles - 22nd July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

Victoria is the capital of Seychelles. It has ca. 60 000 inhabitants, the only traffic light on Mahé (Praslin has one at the airport that warns cars when a plane is landing, I rather doubt that there are any others), no parking garage and most shops close at 5 p.m.

This is the clock tower in the modern center of Victoria. It was erected in 1903, the year when Seychelles became a colony of the UK, instead of just a province of the colony Maritius. It's a smaller copy of a clock tower that was built in London a few years earlier.
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It has become the symbol of Victoria. It strikes the hour twice, with one minute in between.

the postoffice:
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palace of justice, also called Victoria house, it was built as the New Oriental bank in the late 19th century:
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Seychelles emblem in front of the ministry of finance:
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There are a number of shops for clothes and a big supermarket (for these islands) but all in all the choice is very limited. 2 or 3 different kinds of instant milk, 3 different kinds of rice, 2 different types of pasta, 3 different kinds of totmato sauce, 2 different juices...

* Posted Aug 13, 2008, 7:23 pm Last edited Aug 13, 2008, 7:30 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Au Cap, Mahé, Seychelles - 24th July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

We watched the fruit bats today. In German they are called 'Flughunde' (flying dogs) because they aren't actually closely related to bats. They live in all the tress here and make holes into the fruit to eat them and leave the rind/nut.... They are very loud and seem to fight among themselves for the best places to sleep. They are most active at dusk.
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Anse aux pins, Mahé, Seychelles - 26th July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

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Today we had dinner at the Carefree Restaurant. We were the only guests, but we had great service and food.
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We had the nice lady show us which fish she had to offer today.
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A 3 D map of the island Mahé:
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We are here:
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Lot's of money, the official certificates and private photos.
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The food:
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fresh lobster
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fish kebab
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shark
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caramelized bananas and vanilla ice-cream
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We're full!

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Au Cap, Mahé, Seychelles - 27th July 2008

By: Apperveilchen

We spent the day at our beach.
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Do you think the snail likes me?
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