Saturday, July 4, 2015

Saturday - Jardin du Roy

After a delightful morning in the sunny Antja Park, watching ring-tailed lemurs in the trees and on the rocks a few feet from us, we had a hot drive to tonight's hotel.  We have left the highlands and are entering the heat off the south.  It was somewhat disconcerting to arrive travel-weary, feeling dusty and grubby in clothes stained with the red soil on which we sat to eat our picnic lunch and (in my case) the carrot juice from my sandwich, at a luxurious hotel.  Entering reception we were presented with scented, chilled facecloths to clean our hot hands and faces!  There were even bougainvillea flowers entwined in them.  Having regained some composure from that surprise we were then given sugar-rimmed glasses of hibiscus juice.  We have entered a different world - all for about $120US a night for our room.  Dinner tonight (3 courses, including duck and foie gras) cost us around $15 a person - with complimentary lychee rum.

Breakfast fruit at Jardin du Roy - papaya, pineapple, cactus, mandarin & banana

Bruce & Shay Mason & Simon - at last we're in the same place!
With Esmerelda too!

View from our room at Jardin du Roy

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