1 Tana is a city built around two defendable ridges. That castle was where princess was living
2 View of city with poultry
3 Steep narrow streets
4 Lots of colonial cobblestone in various states of disrepair
5 Women often carry stuff on their heads
6 Every sidewalk is a marketplace
7 At first sight I thought that these outdoor sausages were marketed as "Gassy" which would make sense in 30C temperature. Gasy is just short for Malagasy style
8 Rich live on top of the hills and the lower you go the dirtier it gets
9 Lots of fresh veggies and spices. There is only one western style store ShopRite and even that is rather small. There is a mall Le City where there is a full size supermarket but that is 10,000 Ariary cab ride ( about $4)
10 Lots of ancient French cars as cabs
11 Mangoes, Tamarinds and tires :)
12 Lots of alleyways with small kids playing in serious sewage and dirt. Don't think they ever need to worry about alergies.
13 There is no running water in majority of houses so people come with containers and collect it at this city pump.
14 Guncha buying vanilla, cinnamon and experiencing the market
15 These kids were racing down the hilly street on homemade skateboards / carts
16 View from Aina hotel window. Across is a row of Indian owned jewlery shops. This street has no lights . At night there are homeless people sleeping everywhere iand it is rather dicey to walk around
17 Monument to Ho Ji Min who is a brotherly leader in fight against French colonialism.
18 Stunning lake and those magenta flowered trees which keep on dropping sour water on your head. Similar to redwoods
19 Angel Noir
20 Our flight from Tana (Antananarivo) to Diego (Antsiranana)
21 Arriving at Sakalava Bay
22 Bungalow 16 is mine. It has one big bed with mosquito net and shower/ toilet. Fan helps when it gets really hot
23 Common area where we eat , have internet access and enjoy breeze while being in shade.
24 There is a family of lemurs 6 or 7 which come to visit
25 Their main attraction is to get some carrot from kitchen or drink water from outdoor shower
26 Amazing balance and jumping ability
28 Lizard about 10" long
29 Visiting baobabs
30 Most of the land is covered in bush which is mostly thorny bushes and open grassy areas
31 Sakalava Bay - our hotel is located where those boats are pulled out
32 Lots of erroded limestone sticking out
33 Walking along the beach is zebu which is a longhornded domesticated cow relative often represented as zebu steak on menu
34 Kiteboarding setup happens about 100 yards down the beach
37 We were fed 3 course meals since we opted for "full pension" . Next time "a la carte" should be picked to avoid overeating.
38 Guncha getting ready
64 There were not many fish compared to Hawaii or other places. They leave abandoned nets and there were quite a few fishermen here.
65 Fisherman comes back
66 The view
67 This outdoor shower is main reason lemurs come by. The drink from the hose as water is luxury around here.
68 Crabs were everywhere . At night you could not walk without stepping on them