Abidjan is a city of contrasts, hte city has two faces. At one hand there are the living districts, where the ordinary people live, like in Treichville. These areas have low and traditional buildings .
And at the other hand you have Le Plateau. At Le plateau you can find skyscrapers and other high and modern buildings. Here are the ministeries and offices.
Special Laundry service
You will find in Adjame, in the north of Abidjan, hundreds of professional laundry cleaners. They all have their customers from which they collect clothes early morning and using rocks and tyres, they wash them in the little river near the Banco forest.
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By day, the Plateau is...
By day, the Plateau is undisputedly a wonderful place to take a leisurely stroll, visiting the many shops, relaxing in one of the quaint parks, or at a sidewalk café watching the world go by. At sundown, the offices empty out and all too soon the Plateau is still. By night, the focus of the activity shifts to Treichville, where you will find lively discos and nightclubs, and the highly popular local ‘maquis’ restaurants offering cheap eats that encompass everything from Lebanese specialties to authentic West African dishes.
The National Cathedral
One of the most magnificent examples of modern architecture. The cathedral is situated near the administrative area of Plateau, overlooking the Ebrie Lagoon.
This is Abidjan’s foremost craft market with a wide variety of souvenir ideas to choose from.
The City of Grand Bassam
The former Côte d'Ivoire capital on the Atlantic with French colonial architecture. Here you will find an artists' centre selling masks.
The Fanico Washers
At the Parc de Banco you can see the famed fanicos or washermen at work. They wash thousands of clothes in the river then place them over the surrounding flat areas to dry. Their washboards are tyres containing large boulders against which they bash the clothes.
Visit Treichville. It is a...
Visit Treichville. It is a large, dense and poor residential area that is much more 'African' than Le Plateau. Not nearly as dangerous as some of the other suburbs, so visiting it during the day is fine, especially if you stay close to the ferry terminal and along the main roads. There are some small shops and stalls near the ferry terminal for some shopping, and it doesn't take too much walking to be surrounded by old dirty apartment buildings and brightly clothed women with their infant wrapped around their backs while carrying a tub full of water on top of their heads. Avoid wandering around at night.
You can rent a boat to see the channels and the port .You can even watch the opera under construction .
Dont forget to bargain a little if you want a private boat.
Beaches in Grand Bassam
There are some restaurants near the beaches you can enjoy your sea food ,you can swim or you can take photos with local people and even you can buy an pineapple
Once you get out of the city the rugged countryside with its bright red clay soil is a sight to behold, the roads are very poor , dont atempt in the rainy season
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Modern St Pauls
This modern Cathedral opened in 1985, It was the work of renowned Italian Architect the apadtly named Aldo Spiritom and has beautiful stained glass windows
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MUSEE DES CIVILISATION
Here you’ll find art of the many different ethnics in the Ivory Coast.
Ubi, Dan, Mau, Wè, Niabwa, Bete, Guro, Baule, Yaure, Senufo, Lobi, Kulango, Akye, Anyi, Adyukru
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