Anyway, here is postcard from today...from paradise, as many people think, from Seychelles! Seychelles in an island country, spanning and archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 kilometres east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar. It is part of the Mascarene Islands along with Mauritius and Reunion. Seychelles, with an estimated population of 86,525, has the smallest population than any African state.
Postcard above is from Praslin island. It is the second largest island (38 km²) of the Seychelles, lying 44 km north east of Mahe. Praslin has a population of around 6,500 people.
It was named Isle de Palmes by explorer Lazare Picault in 1744. During that time it was used as a hideaway by pirates and Arab merchants. In 1768 it was renamed Praslin in honor of French diplomat, duc de Praslin.
Praslin is known as a tourist destination with several hotels and resorts, as well as a number of beaches. It also has substantial tracts of tropical forests with birds such as the endemic Seychelles Bulbul and the Seychelles Black Parrot. The beautiful Valee de Mai Nature Preserve is known for the unique coco de mer and vanilla orchids.
Many thanks to Harris for great postcard and superb stamps too! :)