18th of July, 2016

This day we went on a boat trip from Victoria (Mahe) to St Anne Marie National Marine Park and Il au Cerf. We went on a submarine underwater and looked at all the fish and then Vicky and I got off the boat to swim with the fish. I had never seen so many fish in one small patch of ocean before. You went to do a stoke and your arms would touch about 10 fish at once.

We then did a bit of fish feeding from the boat, even holding the food out to touch the fish. We got off the boat and went for a walk in the lush interior of the island, seeing many tortoises roaming around. The beach BBQ was also a highlight of the day. There were only 12 of us on the boat so it was a nice informative tour where we heard all about the fish species and the marine park.IMG_1973.JPGIMG_1976.JPGIMG_1977.JPGIMG_1979.JPGIMG_1994.jpgIMG_2008.JPGIMG_2623.JPGIMG_2634.JPGIMG_2653.JPGIMG_2705.JPG

19th of July, 2016

We hired a driver and went round the surrounding area. We stopped off at a view lookout points for some great views of the Seychelles and some beaches that weren’t attached to hotels so they were so quiet and peaceful.

Our hotel didn’t do much for serving local food and playing local music etc, so I am glad we got out and got a real feel for the Seychelles, asking the local driver as many questions as we could all morning.

We went to the Mission Lodge, which is the most famous lookout in the Seychelles. It is a historic viewpoint with some boards up offering some of the Seychelles history involving the British and French colonial powers.

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Tea anyone? (Seychelles Tea Factory)

17th of July, 2016

Aldabra (in the Indian Ocean) is the world’s second-largest coral atoll and it is home to the Aldabra tortoises. We sae plenty of them roaming around in the Seychelles and in a conservation park (Morne Seychelles National Park) near our hotel. They are really friendly and you can get so close to them before they start to move away.IMG_8461IMG_8469IMG_8480

16th of July, 2016

Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market, Victoria. On this kind of holiday I was a little fearful that all we would do is lay on a beach and do nothing. So I took things into my own hands and research some things for our family to do outside of the hotel. We were staying at Constance Ephelia hotel – which was on Mahe island and a 40 minute drive from Victoria.

Vicky was rather excited to go to the market, as everything named Victoria. Vicky and I had downloaded Pokemon Go the day of so before going to the Market so we were looking out for Pokemon as we were driving through the bustling city.

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They were selling everything at the market – local spices, sarongs, shark meat, fish, bags, shells, everything. We bought a magnet for the fridge as we tend to do.

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Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple – the only Hindu temple in the Seychelles

Victoria is the capital of the Seychelles and the selling of produce (especially tuna fish) makes up a large proportion of business in the city.

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2nd of July, 2016

Crickley Hill, Birdlip, Gloucetershire. Great views over the county, allowing you to see as far as Wales at some points. This weekend I visited Alex at his home and as it was lovely weather I had more of an outside tour, visiting this SSSI and some of the parks in Cheltenham as well as a lunch at a country pub/restaurant. There were lots of people sitting on the fields or under trees having picnics and some taking their dogs on walks – really idyllic really.

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Coming from such a densely populated part of the country, I love coming to Gloucestershire and just enjoying the peace and quiet and uninterrupted countryside

The pub we went to was The Colesbourne Inn, Cheltenham. It’s a really nice pub with outdoor seating and nice interiors. The only thing was, we forgot that it was a Sunday, so there sandwich/salad/lunch menu that looked really nice online was not on offer because they were focussing on the roast dinners.

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The Colesbourne Inn
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Excuse the tan lines – I forgot the suncream when I went to watch Wimbledon

23rd of July, 2016

Today I played a tennis match for my local club. It was a home game and we played on clay. It was doubles and I won one match and lost the other. However, overall we won by a set so I was happy. We then had a match tea and I got to take the leftover strawberries and cream home (yes I know, very Wimbledon). It was 28 degrees and after the 3 hours on court I was very pleased to be home.

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