Abidjan Off The Beaten Path

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    Grand Bassam

    by sachara Written Apr 23, 2005

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    43 KM east of Abidjan we visited Grand Bassam. At the narrow strip between the lagoon and the ocean, the Old Town the French colonist set up their capital, separated from the locals at the other side of the lagoon.

    In 1893 Grand Bassam was declared to be the capital of the french colony. But six years later a yellow fever epidemic broke out and the French people left the area for Bingerville.

    Now you will find only the remnants of that bygone era. Nowadays the people of Abidjan come to this place for the sun and the beach.

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    Any Ideas?

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 18, 2005

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    I must admit i left this one to last, i visited one evening it had traditional dancing and these stilt villas which could be rented out, it was a rather nice location on the Lagoon, and would have been a good place to stay, Prehaps someone knows where this is?

    I've added three photos to assist identification

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    Grand Bassam, colonial buildings

    by sachara Written Apr 23, 2005

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    The buildings of the colonial era in Grand Bassam are built between 1894 and 1920. All these buildings are in the old section of the town near the water. It is a pity, but many buildings are in various stages of decay.

    Some are restored like the governorshouse (now a museum) and the townhall.

    Grand Bassam
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    The Arena

    by globetrott Updated May 14, 2016

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    Rather close to the port-area you will find this large sports-arena, a giant hall for various festivities and competitions, but unfortunately I did not get any more infos yet. You will also see this arena from your cruiseship when you come into the port (my last picture)!
    For playing soccer there are larger stadiums as well in Abidjan !

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    The old steam-train behind the station

    by globetrott Written May 14, 2016

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    Abidjan is the endpoint of a railway and at the railwaystation you will find this old steam-train in one of the backyards. Once again our tourguides did not realize that this might be a much more interesting detail of Abidjan than many of the things they showed us, but OK, i saw it and was able to take some photos at least from the distance.
    I saw this behind a wall and you will be able to see it just from the higher position when sitting in a bus !

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    a ship-wreck in the port of Abidjan

    by globetrott Written May 14, 2016

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    We saw this ship-wreck in the port-area of Abidjan, while we were sailing to our berth in the port. When you enter the canal in order to get into the port of Abidjan you will drive towards an island, before you turn to the right in order to go to the port. And behind of this island you will find that ship-wreck that you will not see, except that you look back in the moment when you have just passed by the end of the island.

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    the "golden mosque"

    by globetrott Written May 14, 2016

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    This is one of the mosques that I saw in some distance while we were driven through the town of Abidjan. Unfortunately our tourguides did not plan to show us these mosques, they also could not believe that tourists would be interested to see a mosque from outside just like any other sight, for some interesting architecture.
    I call it the "golden Mosque" because I have no further infos about it !

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    a mosque with a white&blue minaret

    by globetrott Updated May 14, 2016

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    This is another mosque that we had passed by in some distance and all we could see from our bus was the white and blue minaret. This mosque is obviously in just a short distance from the port of Abidjan and we saw it in some distance while leaving the port-area !
    My last 2 photos: street-scenes like you see them quite often outside of the citycentre !

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    Grand Bassam. Former capital...

    by VTShounen Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Grand Bassam. Former capital of the country, now it's a small town by the sea less than an hour away from Abidjan. Makes for an excellent day trip. Interesting old worn-down colonial buildings, lots of crafts for sale along the road leading into town.

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    Two places offer unique...

    by evliyasems Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Two places offer unique evening dining experiences. The Village Ki-Yi, which serves an informal buffet in a garden atmosphere. Guests are treated to a dance performance by the Group Ki-Yi, an established dance company that portrays a number of West African ethnic groups.

    More formal is the Wafou Dinner Club, where patrons are seated at tables offering a splendid view of the stage in a small indoor arena that boasts a most unusual décor. Here the performance is slicker with mood lighting and theatrics thrown in.

    In the daytime, the Treichville Market is a haven for bargain hunters.

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    Road side souvenirs

    by Pete.Gibson Written Sep 22, 2005

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    On the road between Abidjan and Grand Bassam you come across loads of stalls the wood carvings depicting the Colonial french are very good value, I just hope the tourists come back one day

    Stalls along the road
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    Fishing villages

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 3, 2005

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    There are a number of small fishing communities dotted along the lagoons,and the locals will make you very welcome

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    Grand Bassam, lagoon

    by sachara Written Apr 23, 2005

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    The Ebrie lagoon divided Gran Bassam in Ancient Bassam, the former French colony at a small strip of land along the ocean and Nouveau Bassam at the mainland.

    Grand Bassam lies 45 KM east of Abidjan.

    Grand Bassam, lagoon

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