Saturday, January 26, 2019

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, January 26, 2019

There's not much to see in Abidjan.  We started at Saint Paul's Cathedral, the second largest Catholic Church in Africa-



It was built from 1980-1985, blessed by John Paul II and holds 3500 people plus another 1500 can stand-


The stained glass is okay but nothing like in older buildings.  The faces look like something out of Monty Python-


Other windows-







There are also lots of mosaics-


Outside there was some kind of convention or revival with lots of singing and speeches-


Next door and throughout the whole downtown was a political rally for the RHDP Party which is presently in power.  The next election is in 2020-


People wear clothing made from fabric with the former and current president's faces.  So weird-





Imagine if we walked around with Justin's face all over our clothes!  Gross! 

Lunch was at Burger King where two full meal deals cost $26!  I had an immediate stomach ache after eating.  I forgot fast food does that to me.  I guess I don't eat enough of it and luckily it doesn't last long-


Another "highlight" in Lying Planet is La Pyramide, apparently a "noteworthy" building.  That's stooping pretty low-


We tried to visit the Musée des Civilisations but it was closed so after a visit to Decathlon, a well priced sporting goods store, we went to a North American style mall with cool window displays-



and a supermarket. Back at camp, for supper we had gambas- gigantic shrimp that were cooked to perfection.  

I'm loving the AC in my room but the tv not so much.  It's either religious preaching channels, unprofessional so-African music videos or soccer games.  Tomorrow I'll check out Grand Bassam.

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