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Day 15

Seychelles - La Digue

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Today we climbed Nid D'Aigle - although it's only 333m it was quite hard going in the heat, so we stopped at a bar near the top for a well earned beer

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The climb is worth it for the great views.

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We followed the track along the top and gradually wound our way back down to the coast ....we lost the path several times and it took us about 3 hours to get down by which time we were very hot and sticky!

We spent the rest of the afternoon lying in the warm shallow water of a beach near our bungalow.

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Day 14

Seychelles - Mahe to Praslin to La Digue

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We arrived in the Seychelles this morning and encountered our first hiccup - the travel company who are supposed to be looking after us in the Seychelles didn't have any paperwork waiting for us and our flights to the next island hadn't been booked. Fortunately the accomadation had been booked and there was room for us on the ferry, so we sailed to Praslin and from there caught another ferry to La Digue. It started raining as we got close to Praslin - luckily we'd brought umbrellas!

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We're staying at the Fleur D'Lyse bungalows just down the road from the harbour. Sadly our transfer was by taxi rather than the more traditional ox-drawn cart.

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La Digue is the third largest populated island - it's 5km by 3km with a population of about 2,500 and 5 taxis! Until recently the main mode of transport was ox-drawn cart or bicycle. There are more bicycles than people on the island - with no street lights and no bike lights the roads are a little hazardous at night.

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Day 13

Dubai

sunny 30 °C

We spent most of today on the Hop On Hop Off Big Bus tour and finished up back at Dubai Mall for our evening meal before heading back to the airport for our overnight flight to the Seychelles.

The bus tour has two routes - Red for the old town and Blue for the beaches.

Many of the souks in the old town are based around the Dubai Creek - our tour included a cruise on a wooden Arabic Dhow.

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The blue route took us away from the old city past many of the skyscrapers that Dubai is famous for.

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and onto Atlantis on the Palm - a 46 hectare resort built on an artifical island of reclaimed land.

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We finished the tour in the Downtown Dubai area, famous for the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountains and the Dubai Mall.

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world (828 metres high) and overlooks the spectacular Dubai fountains - the world's largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake. It was designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas. The fountain shows draw large crowds.

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The Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world and covers an area equivalent to 50 football pitches, it contains over 1200 shops, an Olympic sized Ice Rink and an Aquarium.

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Day 12

Maldives to Dubai

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After an early breakfast we caught the speedboat back to Male airport and flew to Dubai. Although the temperature is the same the humidity is much lower here making the heat more tolerable especially when you need to keep your knees and shoulders covered.

We caught the metro to Dubai Mall to have a little look around before meeting up for an evening meal with some folks from work who happened to be out for the week.

The palm trees line the edge of the Mall with the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) in the background.

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Day 8-11

The Maldives - Rob's birthday

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The last 4 days have mostly been spent reading, snorkelling or eating and drinking!

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We saw a beautiful manta ray - it's wing span was about 1.5-2m as well as plenty of reef sharfs and colourful fish.

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One morning, I heard a shout from our neighbours as they swam out to a school of dolphins (5 adults and 2 babies) about 30m from the huts. Three of the dolphins were jumping out of the water together.

We also celebrated Rob's birthday.

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