The Maldives

Ah, the natural seat of a King and a Queen – The Maldives! I sure would merrily sit on my coral throne and shuffle bejewelled feet in the white white sands of these islands were I ever coronated for a Monarch!

Anantara Maldives, South Male Atoll: f/9; 1/60sec; ISO-100

Anantara Maldives, South Male Atoll: f/9; 1/60sec; ISO-100

Alas the tropical Maldivian Monarchy ended many moons ago (along with my fantasies to take over as its Queen), when a Republic and its stuffy seats of Parliament replaced the cushions of a throneroom.

Anantara - Dhigu, The Maldives South Male Atoll: f/5.6; 1/25sec; ISO-100

Anantara – Dhigu, The Maldives South Male Atoll: f/5.6; 1/25sec; ISO-100

On 11 November 1968, Ibrahim Nasir was proclaimed the First President of the Second Republic (the First Replublic of 1953 was shortlived after a mere eight months when Amin Didi was overthrown and a Sultanate was formed once again).

In 1978 Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom was elected the President of the Maldives. He has been the President for the past 26 years. It is to Mr. Gayyoom’s gloriously unspoilt islands that I journeyed during the Northern Winter of 2012…

Anantara-Veli, Maldives, South Male Atoll: f//9; 1/60sec; ISO-100

Anantara-Veli, Maldives, South Male Atoll: f//9; 1/60sec; ISO-100

 

One Response to The Maldives

  1. Hey, thanks for sharing I always look forward to reading your posts one of the few blogs I still follow home decorated

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