Man and Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire

Man and Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire

Man is a town west of Côte d’Ivoire and is an is an agricultural region. People there are peaceful and quiet like the people in Guinea. Definitely less agressive then the people in Senegal:P

Check out the cute uniform and the bag these school kids are wearing and using:) The bag are made from the “rice bag”! Very creative:)


Since Ivory coast is one of the music capital in Africa so “we” decided to head to the club for some VIBE:P


Ivory Cost so far to me is a very safe city and people will try to help you whenever they can:)


The next day we headed to the capital city of Ivory coast-Yamoussoukro.

yamoussoukro, ivory coast

We went to visit the infamous Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro (French: Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro) The local tour guide told us he had no idea how much money the last president had spent on this church but I am telling you it must be A LOT!. The president wanted this church to be bigger and more Grand than Basilica of Saint Peter because this church is clearly inspired by the Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican City.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro (French- Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro
The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro

I was NOT supposed to take photos of the inside but the local guide was so friendly, he told me I can do whatever I want-SECRETLY:P

beautiful The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro (French- Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro
inside of The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro

The church is really grand but to me when compared to St. Peter, it’s just not as beautiful even the president tried hard to make everything bigger!

comparison of st. peter to The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

There’s even 4 hidden elevator sthere for people to get up to the top where there’s a huge terrace.

elevator inside The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro (French- Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro

The weather there is SO HOT AND HUMID even during the “winter time” and I was always wondering why the sky of Senegal, guinea and now Ivory coast are all very Hazy! The local told me it’s because of the “Harmattan” wind. The “Harmattan” is a seasonal wind which blows across Northwestern Africa every year from November through March. This famous wind blows from North to South, working its way across the Sahara to the Gulf of Guinea. Along the way, it tends to pick up sand and dust, turning into a very drying, dusty wind. When the Harmattan really gets going, the dust can create a cloudy haze.So, I blame it on the Haze who made my photographs so DULL!!!!:P So when we got up on the top floor, the whole city skyline was very hazy!

Harmattan in cote d'ivoire

But at the end I was so happy to see an OWL on the dome of the church! It’s truly magical as I have never see an Owl before in real life:)

owl in The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

Then we headed to the president palace trying to see the feeding of the crocodile:). However, we were told no tourist is allow to see that anymore because couple of years ago a tourist fell into the lagoon and was attacked by crocodiles:(

presidential palace in Yamoussoukro

Ofcourse I had to do some X’s mas shopping as the fabrics there are AMAZING.

african dresses from Yamoussoukro
african dresses from Yamoussoukro, ivory coast

If you have follow me on FACEBOOK, you probably already knew I bought a few of them and I will show you all later:)

dresses from Yamoussoukro

That night we pampered ourselves by having an amazing drinks and dinner on the top floor in a Five star hotel- Hotel President. It’s the most famous hotel in Yamoussoukro. The restaurant is supposed to be revolving but it’s NOT working anymore @_@…well, it’s AFRICA afterall!!!:p

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  1. Awww lovely!!! And that owl is sooo cool!!! Thank you for posting I love to read your blog;)!!
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  2. Lovely pictures Tammy! I want hot weather too:) Here is cold. The dresses are beautiful! kisses chris

  3. Stunning trips I hope you had a lovely time !! Seems like an amazing country

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  4. you are so lucky you get to go on so many travels!!!

  5. Wonderful pictures 🙂
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  6. Hi Tammy! This place is amazing, especially the Basilica just stunned me!:) Hope you are doing fine dear! Hugs and kisses! xo

  7. Tammy, I’m just in awe with all your photos and adventures! Looks like you’re having a wonderful time. Enjoy!
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  8. hope to have a great time!
    Merry Christmas sweetie!
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  9. Wow how amazing to see everything you have seen!

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  10. Incredible photos and stories as always! I am so impressed by the stained glass! Amazing!


  11. Bassilica looks really big, but not beautiful i think. thank for sharing all this
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  12. Your trip is such an adventure from meeting different people, watching chimpanzees and visiting places from the beaches to churches. It’s so much fun to read about it. Thank you for sharing.
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