Saint Louis, Senegal – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Strolling around Saint Louis with no fixed plans.
|Senegalese taxis on Faidherbe Bridge in Saint Louis|
|Senegal Map By Google|
Once at the reception, we saw the same Senegalese guide that we met in our hotel in Lompoul the day before. He said his French costumers were staying in our same hotel so he was also sleeping in a room there.
|Muslims meeting point in the Narrow Island|
After having a shower, we went out to find a good place to eat. We had identified a restaurant on TripAdvisor that didn’t exist anymore so while trying to find another one we again met up with the same guide who seemed to want to join us for dinner. The three of us walked about 30 minutes with our torch to reach another restaurant recommended on TripAdvisor but that one was also closed. So we finally decided to return back to our hotel for dinner.
The guide kept on talking and I was no longer able to follow him. I was really very tired and hungry and I didn’t want the guide to stay with us anymore. I was just hoping for some good food and a glass of wine before sleeping. As I hoped, the food at our hotel was very tasty and the wine was not too bad which I was pretty pleased about. I could sleep peacefully.
The next day we wandered Saint Louis with no fixed plans. We had our lunch at the Senegalese restaurant called Fleuve Plus, it was just in front of our hotel. (rice with shrimp sauce/rice with fish skewer). That was not actually my kind of restaurant. I am pretty picky, while Alessandro adapts more easily.
|External mainland: Langue de Barbarie Village side|
|School in the Narrow Island|
|External mainland: Langue de Barbarie house entrance with domesticated pelican|
There was more poverty here than in the narrow Island and there were no tourists at all. People asked us to buy some milk, rice or any other food items. We bought some but obviously, you can’t buy for everyone. We took many, many photos with the people which we developed and gave them the day after.
|Just a fast click at the Narrow Island|
We had dinner at La Terrasse Restaurant. They have western food, pizza, and alcoholic beverages. It is slightly expensive compared to the other restaurants in Saint Louis that offer Senegalese food but when you’ve only eaten rice for days, it’s nice to enjoy something familiar.
|This picture really means a lot to me: so much of happiness and spontaneity! Narrow Island|
We spent our second night in Saint Louis, in the same hotel and the day after we moved to Bandia by public transport. When it comes to Saint Louis, I have to say that this town gave me something more compared to other cities in Senegal. Being a very touristic spot meant, on the other side, free to go everywhere and this, allowed us to connect more with the people, therefore with the culture.
June 4, 2019 at 12:01 pm
wow! What a great journey you have.
June 13, 2019 at 12:28 pm
Senegal has never been on my radar but maybe I’ll get there someday. It sounds like it’s worth the visit.
June 13, 2019 at 1:28 pm
I’ve been looking forward to visiting Senegal because I have friends from there. I like how you didn’t stick to the tourist spots. Spending time with local people provides a very different perspective?
June 13, 2019 at 3:50 pm
Man, these images tell such a story. I love the classroom and the beach. Crazy to see a nice beach that is a people's beach and not just another tourist attraction.
Just One Passport
June 14, 2019 at 6:26 am
I would like the outer mainland as I love fishing villages. It is so sad to hear the people have to take shifts in their own home.
June 14, 2019 at 9:29 am
You seem to have had a great experience in Saint Louis, discovering all the small little things as you went around the city.
June 14, 2019 at 9:47 am
Great photos, Senegal looks super interesting! It's too bad to hear about all the garbage though
June 15, 2019 at 10:32 am
Sounds like a splendid time! If you ask me, sometimes having no plan and just wandering around is the best plan!