Antananarivo, Madagascar – September 13th

Happy Friday the 13th! We took it easy this morning and headed out into Antananarivo around 1000am. We went to an old palace of tribe kings and queens from the 1700-1800s called Ambohimanga. We found a cab driver who took us in his beat up old car that took about 30 sec for the engine to turn over. But we made it after about 30 min of dusty roads and a climb up a hill. Our cab driver had never been to Ambohimanga before (even though he said he was part of the Merina tribe that the palace belonged to), so he came in with us. Apparently, drivers get to go into these places for free which was a nice perk for him.

The site was the palace made into a museum with artifacts labeled throughout the compound. There were also tombs of the kings and queens. The best part of the whole area was the lookout onto the city. The palace was up onto of a hill, as any good fortification should be, and this gave way to some beautiful views of the city. 

After our visit, we headed back to the apartment for a quick siesta because it was the hottest part of the day. Then we went back out into the city for the afternoon. 

We were on a mission to find some Madagascar vanilla which is supposed to be famous around here, but anyone we asked didn’t even seem to know what vanilla was. We figured it must be from a different region. We got a couple of cake slices from a local bakery and found some beers and headed back to the apartment. We enjoyed our beers on the balcony and watched the sunset.

Dog we named BFE (big fluffy ears) that lived at the apartment we were staying at

I think the traveling was starting to get to both Jay and I because we were both cracking up at everything and we were sure we were losing it. Lol.

We pulled ourselves together enough to get some dinner and then turned in early. Tomorrow we fly to Mauritius.

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