Around Tana

Trip Start Mar 23, 2007
Trip End Apr 01, 2007

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

Another interesting day, and not too strenuous.  Although I didn't sleep particularly well, partly stuffed up becuase I was allergic to something in the room and partly because I think I had been bitten and was itching, and the noise from the corridor too.  Not very restful.

We got a taxi to the Rova, but having somewhat out of date guide books we didn't realise it wasn't open to the public.  Apparently it was gutted by fire several years ago and restoration work is ongoing.  Went for a wander down a side lane near there from which there were great views across the next valley.

  As the Rova was at the top of a hill, we walked down to the next museum, which was in a big impressive building, but the museum collection small but interesting (afraid I can't remember which museum it was though, and don't yet have my books) and then further down again to an old church. It was locked and we were walking around when a nice lady, probably a caretaker of some sort, offered to open it for us.  It was an Anglican church, very high church. I was amused to see a Mothers' Union certificate on the wall!

We continued to wander and wend our way downhill.  For the most part, and this applied throughout the trip, the people were lovely and not at all pushy.  You could say hello to someone and they wouldn't then follow you several blocks, and if you said 'no thank you' to someone trying to sell you something, for the most part they said 'ok' and left you alone.


We ended up at Independence Avenue, the main street of Tana, and had a wander around the maze that is Anakely market.  We tried to head to Lac Anosy next, but somehow ended up on the wrong side of the next hill, and eventually gave up.  Instead we traipsed up the long steps to Place de l'Independence past lots of sellers of rubber stamps.


Had lunch in a cafe at Place de l'Independence, which was quite nice, though we thought they were never going to serve us.  Tried to visit the Museum of Art & Archaelogy, but it was closed, with no indication of when it might be open, so we gave up on that.  Wended our way back to Sakamanga, arriving as my feet were starting to really complain.

Had a delicious meal in the restaurant in Sakamanga, and chose something with vanilla for every course to celebrate our holiday:) 

And so to bed, armed with tissues, earplugs and anti-histamines...
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