IMAGES OF MALI...TIMBUKTU...THE ARRIVAL


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April 21st 2011
Published: May 13th 2011EDIT THIS ENTRY

WE HAVE MADE IT...WE HAVE MADE IT...WE HAVE MADE IT...

Bienvenue a Tombouctou....Welcome to Timbuktu

IMAGES OF MALI...TIMBUKTU...THE ARRIVAL



Sanddunes line the Niger riverbank as our pinasse slides into the port of Korioume...people everywhere...hands grabbing our packs to load into 4WDs or reaching out in the event we are feeling benevolent...goodbyes to Ibrahim & Amadou who will now head downriver...into 4WD with Bastos...telling us this will be the BEST Festival au Desert yet...and the President is coming...belt along tarmac through a grove of Aussie gums...then through sand...through a brick signless gate...BIENVENUE A TOMBOUCTOU..."Welcome to Timbuktu"...we have made it...that fabled city...place of learning...once on the Niger river...now 20kms away...overtaken by the Sahara Desert...

Welcome to Timbuktu...the city of 333 Saints...La Mysterieuse

Relax & Enjoy,

Dancing Dave (who danced, danced and kept on dancing until he got to Timbuktu...(as you do)...)



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...LA MYSTERIEUSE...LA MYSTERIEUSE
...LA MYSTERIEUSE

Textures in mud
SONGHAI SETTLEMENTSONGHAI SETTLEMENT
SONGHAI SETTLEMENT

wherever there is room for a tent...
THE WHITE TUAREGTHE WHITE TUAREG
THE WHITE TUAREG

Mike looking quite at home...
TWO...TWO...
TWO...

From the rooftop... Djingareiber mosque
COMMEMORATIVE SQUARECOMMEMORATIVE SQUARE
COMMEMORATIVE SQUARE

...to the end of the civil war between the Tuaregs & the south...hence the Festival au Desert
BOCTOU'S WELLBOCTOU'S WELL
BOCTOU'S WELL

Legend has it Timbuktu was named after the "woman with the big navel" who operated this well
IBN BATTUTA WAS HEREIBN BATTUTA WAS HERE
IBN BATTUTA WAS HERE

In 1353 the Arab Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta visited Timbuktu in his travels through Africa, Middle East, India & China...made me jump when I saw his name on this wall.
RENE CAILLIE HOUSERENE CAILLIE HOUSE
RENE CAILLIE HOUSE

In 1828 was the first European to visit Timbuktu and live to tell the tale
MJR ALEXANDER GORDON LAING HOUSEMJR ALEXANDER GORDON LAING HOUSE
MJR ALEXANDER GORDON LAING HOUSE

In 1826 was the first European to visit Timbuktu...but was killed by the Tuareg as he tried to leave...
CHE GUEVARA IN TIMBUKTU...CHE GUEVARA IN TIMBUKTU...
CHE GUEVARA IN TIMBUKTU...

Voit ci le Grand Revolutionaire


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