Ivory Coast, West Africa, about 20 million people and my favorite place on earth. Since I leave in New York I have noticed that most Americans don’t even know this country exist. This is why , as the chauvinist I am, I decided to show you what it looks like.
Abidjan, the country’s capital
Located in the south of the country and known to be a cosmopolitan city, Abidjan is a city of 5 million people. Indeed, the city is considered as crossroad between African people and European people. The city is very westernized with its multiple modern buildings, restaurants, bar, and night-clubs.
The city with its multiple neighboorhoods is bordered with the Ébrié Lagoon and has multiple little islands. The climate is an equatorial climate, which is hot and damp.
After years of politic instability, Ivory Coast, which is the most dynamic economy in West Africa, is developing its infrastructures and Abidjan is probably one of the developed city in Africa.
Assinie , caught between the lagoon and the sea
Nowaday the most famous seaside resort in the country, assinie was originaly a fisherman village in southern Ivory Coast with pieces on land caught between the sea and the lagoon.
The village still exist with its small and rustic houses, and its unpaved roads, but has integrated in its lanscape 4 stars hotels and jetskys in the lagoon.
Yamoussoukro, the measureless city.
As the man who built her, Felix Houphouet Boigny the first president of the country, Yamoussoukro is measureless. The city which is not as big as Abidjan has larger roads, as large as NYC roads. The first time I went there I didn’t understand all this big things in a so little city. And then I understood that it was the work of a man who wanted to build a country as big and strong as the country that colonized his country, France.
For instance, the biggest basilic (which is a catholic edifice) or the world stands in Yamoussoukro. You can also visit Boigny’s house which is like a little city in the city with its own airstrip. Or see the caimans lake in the centre city.