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If you have a VISA debit card – you will have no problem getting cash in ‘Tana’. There is an ATM and reasonable Bureau de Change in the airport. Rates are just as good, if not better, than in town. In the main Avenue de L’independence and around town there are multiple banks with ATM’s. These include the Bank of Africa, BFV-SG, BMOI, BNI-CL and a few exchange places. Western Union services are available from several businesses. You can get advances on Visa & Mastercards and exchange Travellers Cheques at several places. Ask about fees as you can shop around easily. There is a very safe ATM inside the Madagascar Hilton Hotel. Avoid outside ATM’s at night if you are travelling solo.
Bank hours are generally 8am-12pm, and 3-6pm Monday-Friday. They cut their hours the day before national holidays, so be aware of when they are.
This is a smaller, more compact, market than the main Analakely ‘Pavilions’. I highly recommend this market. It can be slightly claustrophobic when you first enter, but it’s a bit more of a traditional market. The small winding pathways between market stalls throw up surprises at very corner. There are a few souvenir items, but mostly clothes, some fresh fruit, definitely cheap clothes, electronics and pirate CD’s & DVD’s. The sellers are relaxed by ‘Tana’ standards and will even talk to you without hassle. It’s just across the street from the right side of the train station. Be careful walking along the sidewalk (pavement) as it is narrow and drivers do not always slow down.
Directions: Just East of the train station (across the street)
Known for their ‘Pavilions’’, this sprawling area sells it all. Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, flowers, crafts, stationery, handbags, clothes, electrical goods, furniture, household goods, pirate DVD’s, souvenirs, books and some stuff that’s just plain rubbish. This is a fascinating way to see the local way of life in ‘Tana’. You do get the freelance street sellers that will sometimes follow you for a while, but it a good overall experience. In the fringes of the area you will even find people selling cookies (biscuits) out of their cars (4th photo). If you need to telephone anyone they have mobile call centres or will sell you air time for the local mobile phone provider. If you don’t see what you want, just ask. I found many of the established sellers more than happy to direct you onwards. Prices range between very negotiable to slightly
negotiable. Some electrical goods sellers will not budge on printed prices. Ask anyway. You never know.
Please watch your valuables as there are pickpockets. There is a Police Station in the market (last photo)
This small lake is the beautiful heart of Antananarivo. From the main hotel and shopping areas it over and down the hill. The emerald green waters are surrounded by purple blooming Jacaranda trees and create an absolute oasis of peace. The best month to see the blooms are October. Thankfully the many aggressive street sellers do not regularly inhabit the area. In the middle of the waters is an island with the Monument aux Morts (Monument to the Dead). This large white Angel is dedicated to French soldiers lost in World War I. To the left of the lake (as you look at the memorial) is a fantastic flower market every day. You will also find some local stalls offering different products and services – a real slice of local life.
WARNING: This is a quiet and secluded place that should be avoided at night.
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