05.01.2011 - 05.01.2011
DAKAR, SENEGAL, AFRICA
We pulled into port before sunrise, and docked right next to the U.S. Navy! What a wonderful sight.
Dakar has not been under French rule since 1960, but the influence of three centuries of colonial rule is very evident. This monument honors the Senegalese soldiers who served in the world wars.
This is a modern African city.
The Presidential Palace - before 1960 it was the seat of the colonial governor.
This monument to the "African Renaissance" was completed just last year. It is 161 feet tall. Yes, we climbed up.
A local art form is sand painting - the colored sands are from all different areas of Senegal.
A room with a view
This weaver is proud of his craft, which took him four years to learn. His interpreter was a man who somehow moved himself around through the sand and dusty roads using his arms and hands and his withered legs.
The three squares in this monument represent three phases of Senegalese history - the center one represents their past slavery history, the middle square their Renaissance, with the female figure urging citizens towards the large square, the future.
How blessed and how fortunate we were, to be coming back to the showers, clean water and food of the Crystal Serenity.