Madagascar – The day was finally here. It was September 11th and I had landed by Airlink in Antananarivo just after 2pm, been met by my tour operator Benjamin of Madagacar Tour and my driver/guide for the week, Tina.

After a visit to the ATM for local currency and sorting out a local simcard for my phone, I was ready to transfer into Tana where I was to overnight at the Hotel Pallissandre. A well located hotel with a good spa and restaurant, gym and large swimming pool.

Once in my room I flung open the doors to my balcony and THIS is the view that greeted me. The hills, soft golden hues, incredible architecture and a large buzzing market below. It was instant appreciation

Some cities are born to shimmer in the evening light. This is one of them.

A short walk around the market, some rejuvenation time in the Spa, generous portions of fresh fruit and vegetables for dinner and my arrival was marked with excited contentment.

Madagascar and I were destined to be friends. 

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