Reunion to Madagascar
10.05.2014 - 10.05.2014 24 °C
We got up this morning and realised we'd forgotten to check the flight times again! ....a hasty check showed it was 40 minutes earlier than the original time so we were running late! After a very quick breakfast we started the drive back to the airport - fortunately the roads weren't too busy and we made it in plenty of time. We got to check in about 90 minutes before the flight was due to take off and 30 minutes before check-in was due to close to find they hadn't even opened any check-in desks!
We flew to Antananarivo and were met by our guide, Ralph and our driver Eile. The hotel was about 17km from the airport, but we stopped at a handicraft market and a view point of the city on the way. We saw several large heavily laden carts being pushed by a couple of people to transport things like rice, cement and even a sofa and armchair. There were several rice paddy fields and plenty of laundry laid out to dry on the river banks.
The market was a long road with stalls to one side selling various souvenirs, mostly wood carvings, pretty stones or raffia bags, although there were a few more unusual items such as the turtles and crocodiles. We managed to find a shot glass for our collection, some vanilla and a marquetry picture of a map of Madagascar.
From there we went up through the cobbled streets to the viewpoint.
We are staying at Hotel Palissandre for the night before heading towards Andasibe.