July 17 Day 17 Bobo to Banfora and area

Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
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Trip End Aug 08, 2009


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Friday, July 17, 2009

We had our petit dejeuner at Sanga Café again today. We chose to sit outside this morning because it was cooler outside than it was inside.  We brought our laundry with us and a guy that Sanga knows got the laundry from the back of the vehicle and took it away to be laundered.  In preparation for our sight-seeing today, Sanga thought that he should buy some new shoes.  He called a guy over and he explained what he wanted and the approximate size.  Dave decided that he wanted some shoes too and off the guy went to the market.  He returned about 15 minutes later with two pairs of lovely shoes that cost $2.50 each.  Wow!!  Dave was a sport and wore his new shoes.

The guide book on Burkina tells of many things to see and places where we can eat and stay according to mid-range or  budget options.  So far we have stuck to the mid-range options and have been pleased with what we have eaten.  We have also used the guide lots for finding touristy things to see and do.  We left after noon today for the city of Banfora. 

Today we visited Karifguela Falls.  On the road to the falls, a little boy answered a question and then he started to follow us.  Sanga asked him if he would like to be our guide to the falls.  Of course he said yes and off we went.  We viewed them from the base and then climbed up a steep incline on steps that had been made into the side of the hill.  We all got our feet wet and enjoyed the views from the top.  At the end, we gave him a little money and Dave gave him his shoes and a little football from Canada.

We then went to Domes de Fabedougou.  They are 1.8 billion years old and are made of sedimentary rock where there was once an ocean.  We walked around and took pictures.

Our final excursion of the day was Hippo Lake.  We took a pirogue out onto the lake and were paddled by a little guy that broke quite a sweat manoeuvring our boat on the water.  He took us to the part of the lake where the hippos were cooling.  They were mainly submerged but every once in a while there would be a big head coming out of the water with the mouth wide open.  Some locals were playing in the water close to the hippos, they were not at all afraid.  We got some good shots.

We returned to Bobo and went directly to a restaurant named Les Deux Palmiers.  Dave had a small lasagne with a salad and Ann had a Salade Nicoise.  We both ate dessert at the end.  Dave had vanilla icecream and Ann had a Coupe Normande.  This was the first night that we had wine instead of beer.  We ordered a chilled rose since it was so hot and humid.
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ogrose
ogrose on

Thanks!
The wedding was lovely. The bride was beautiful and the groom handsome. We are heading to the gift opening and then back to the lake. Don't know when I will be able to catch up with your adventures again. Nice shoes, Dave - can't believe you gave them away. Speaking of shoes -from Robert this morning as he was looking for your recycling spot - 'Ann has more shoes than all of us put together!'. Good thing he doesn't know about the coats! Have a great time and talk to you when you get back.

C.

barbian
barbian on

The Lion King
Hi Ann and Dave!
We had a great time at The Lion King last night. Thanks for the tickets! The show was absolutely spectacular. Kyle, Stacie, Ian and I thought it was most appropriate that we were watching a musical set in Africa while you are actually in Africa. Edmonton had a big storm last night too, which added to the excitement. Not as exciting as hippos, fried caterpillars, or funky white plastic shoes though.
Glad to hear your journeys are going along so well!
B.
p.s. Dave...you need to take up Kyle on his offer for those Tragically Hip tickets...really, you'll kick yourself if you miss it!

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