Near the superb building of Lenstiti kreol (the Creole Institute) and the Ecomuseum of the Plaine Saint-André is another heritage area, opening up on the Coco House (coco), whose ambition is to highlight the multiple uses of branches, leaves, fibers and nuts from the coconut. It is noted that a few strokes are enough to transform a mashed branch and a coconut coconut into a great color. Too bad that this Coco House is so often closed…
A little further, surrounded by two frangibasers… flamboyant at their flowering, the great colonial mansion, built around 1870, remains open to the visit (free), but what disappointment when we knew it at the time of its restoration, company twenty years ago with financial support from the United States. Restoring the atmosphere of the time of the colonies, with its old furniture and parquet floors, this house of master seems to be nothing more than a shadow of what it was, the state having shown, here too, a regrettable laissez-faire about the maintenance of this heritage box. Even tired, she is still in the heart of a village of twelve small pavilions, built to present on the same site various facets of the Seychelles crafts.
From all these chalets, Joël Banane's «Colors of the Islands» is the oldest and one of the most attractive.
In other workshops, various products from local crafts: pottery, silk paint, painted wooden fish, pareos and t-shirts… and, above all, ship models. Those of the Navy, which is signed by the ten employees of Jean-Louis Marchesseau, a French who made a name with miniature replicas of the ships of the Ancien Régime! Please note, however, that opening hours are very fluctuating and better than luck.
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