"Cote d'Ivoire 1999" Top 5 Page for this destination Cote D'Ivoire by jacobzoethout
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We arrived in Abidjan on Monday, March 15th 1999, on a hot and very humid evening. People were everywhere on the streets in the lively neighborhoods of Adjamé, Marcory and Treichville. We took a taxi and went looking for a hotel, which wasn't that easy this evening. All hotels were full, too expensive, or just brothels. In the end we found hotel Konankro in Marcory; it was a good and cheap place to stay. We had some Flag beers in a bar on the other side of the street, meeting the girls there, and finally, very late, we went back to our hotel. My first night in tropical Africa!
After Abidjan, we went to the interior, to Divo, a small town. Our Lonely Planet didn't mention the town, but it had a nice hotel. By bush taxi we went back to the coast, over unpaved roads and along very green forests. Sassandra, on the coast, was a good place to stay, although we did not succeed in seeing hippo's in the mangroves. But we did hear one.
In Danané, we met a lot of Liberians, refugees, or people on their way back home, coming from all over the world. From here, we went to Liberia, and we did spend two days in that country.
After Liberia, we went to the north of Côte d'Ivoire, passing Yammoussoukro, the birth village of the former president of Côte d'Ivoire, Houphouet-Boigny. He made this village the capital of his country. The biggest cathedral in the world was built in this place (the top of St Peters in Rome is a bit higher, but this cathedral has a big cross on top of it, making it higher). Nothing else could make Africa seem more absurd.
In the north, humidity degrees were decreasing, and temperatures were increasing. Gone were the rainforests. We walked around in the village of Detikaha, near Ferkessedougou, where people invited us to eat with them, although they were living in very poor circumstances.
If you are sick and tired of the minibus, hire a taxi. It is not expensive, and you can stop in places if you ask. more travel advice
In Cote d'Ivoire, between major cities, there are big busses. They are the most comfortable way to travel around. more travel advice
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