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Aug 8, 2019 - Ifaty to Antananarivo

Due to fly back to Antananarivo on Air Madagascar and the flights are notoriously inreliable. They are regularly cancelled with only 24 hours notice, which would mean a 10 hour bus ride back to the capital. This flight has been cancelled for the past 3 days, but we have heard that it has been confirmed. We are getting to the airport early to check in as they are likely to have overbooked the flight. In the meantime we got to hang out at the beach all morning instead of getting on an early morning bus. The flight made it, but we didn't reach...

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Jun 1, 2019 - Crocodiles and Turkish Airlines

The night before I made arrangements for a cab to pick us up, then get James, then to the crocodile farm, and to the airport. We packed our bags and got a scale and all seemed well (but scale a bit squirley). At 10:00 the cab arrived and we headed to pick up James. Lots of traffic but we finally got to him and off to the Crocodile Farm. Through a town on the outskirts of the airport where lots of people were crushing granite for rubble and selling it in piles. Normal sort of town. As we approached the farm there was a big open space where...

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May 31, 2019 - All around Antananarivo

We got up fairly early to get ready for our tour and there was a knock on the door – our guide had sent a note that we should leave at 7:00 to avoid traffic! We hurried up and packed and had a quick breakfast and were on the road with Ravo by 7:30 – but a bit late. Traffic was horrific. We spent maybe three hours in town, mostly stopped. There were street vendors who walked between the stalled vehicles selling all sorts of foods. We were being passed by cargo rickshaws and zebu wagons who went up on the sidewalks. Many curious children and...

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May 30, 2019 - Back to Tana

Departure day. We packed our bags and went to breakfast, then again loaded into the boat to cross the cove to get to Anakoa. It was dawn when we headed across. Again hundreds of sailed fishing boats filled the horizon – some close most, in groups, further out. A quite ride. We landed at the dock and met our transport and headed to the airport. After a while we said goodbye to Bruno. Gave him a tip and my 18 – 200 lens as the new one is just fantastic! We stopped at a souvenir stand and got some more things, then through security. Kitty...

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May 18, 2019 - Tana!

Kitty woke up about 2:00 AM – still on EDT then went back to bed. Time change (7 hours) is quite the jet lag! We eventually got up around 6:00 and went down for breakfast. Back at the room the key wouldn’t work, so back down and up again, final packing, then down to the lobby to pay the bill and to meet the shuttle. Shuttle ride was quiet but really slow at the airport. But we got there, got our tickets, went through security (with water), then off to our gate. Had to go through another security check before we could get to the gate. The...

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Nov 3, 2018 - The end is nigh (again)

So today has been a day at leisure in the capital city, and so a little sightseeing has been in order. Like many capital cities, Antananarivo is built upon several hills and the Rova, Queen Ranomalfana's palace sits high above the city on the summit of the highest hill. The original burnt down in 1986? and has since been rebuilt, although it is nothing but an empty shell. The building itself is impressive, a marble palace which dominates the city skyline but must have been even more imposing when it was surrounded by low wooden houses...

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Nov 2, 2018 - The end is nigh

So here we are, the final stop of another trip as we fly out of here in the early hours of Sunday morning. Today has been another day when we have done nothing much more than sitting in the minibus and retrace our steps north to the Madagascan capital Antananarivo. Before we left Ambrosita this morning we had a look round a wood working workshop, and had a demonstration of the native marquetry, and what most fascinated some of us was the machinery used for the cutting featuring such exclusive items as a bed spring and a cable cut from an...

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Sep 27, 2018 - Introduction

Welcome to another trip and so another journal. So where am I going this time? Well, the 4th largest island in the world, 226,917 square miles in size which makes it larger than the likes of Spain, Germany and Sweden which is divided down the middle by a chain of granite mountains, which rise to over 2,500m above sea level at their highest point (which of course is my destination). Like a lot of modern day countries it is moderately new as a state, becoming a single country in the early 17th Century (up to that point it was divided into...

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Sep 3, 2018 - Bon's Travels

9-3 From Bon's texts: had been out all day wandering around w/ Cathy, Kim from Korea and Gemma from Catalonia. We all will leave tomorrow for a trip south and then west to see the baobob trees. Not all that far, but roads horrible (!)! So everyone says 4-6 hours. Then a day to drive to baobob area, a day to see and the reverse to Tana(Antananavo-Capital) for a night and then head north to Nosy Be. From there some day trips to parks, and snorkeling and then?? Fun group in the dorm.

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Aug 6, 2018 - Antananarivo

Monday 6th August 2018 Antananarivo Up at 7am today, down for breakfast in the hotel restaurant then on the bus for our trip to the Lemur Park where we saw 6 diurnal varieties of lemurs that reside in the park. It was a very pleasant place set beside a river. We had many photo opportunities and were able to get very up close and personal with the lemurs, who can jump an amazingly long way across the branches. After the park visit, we went back into town to the supermarket where we bought some things then went to the craft market and bought...

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Aug 5, 2018 - Toliara to Antananarivo

Sunday 5th August 2018 Ifaty to Toliara to Antananarivo We had a leisurely start to the day and were then picked up at 11:00am from the hotel for our 20++km drive to Toliara Airport for our afternoon flight to Antananarivo. Arrived at the airport to be told that our flight due at 2:05pm had been delayed by 7 hours, but there was a possibility that there may be seats on the 5:35pm flight but that we wouldn’t know for a number of hours. So we lined up our bags and sat and waited, with a few updates from our guide. When the airport terminal...

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Apr 29, 2018 - Arrival

After 29 plus hours enroute I arrived in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, late in the evening. “Tana” as it is popularly known probably has a population numbering in the millions but there are limited international flights to the country. As a result, the airport is quite small and we were the only jumbo jet on the tarmac at 10:00 pm. It seemed almost apocalyptic to get off such a large plane to a dark, mostly silent airport. I was most amazed at the flight from Paris to Madagascar. I expected a smaller jet with a high percentage of...

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