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Oct 8, 2010 - Mopti - Tombouctou

Apres le pays Dogon, nous sommes de retout a Mopti, mais pour peu de temps car nous voulons prendre le bateau pour Tombouctou. C'est une sorte de petit ferry qui navigue sur le fleuve Niger pendant et apres la saison des pluies, et s'arrete dans 5-6 villes entre Mopti et Tombouctou. On a pris une cabine en 1ere classe, ce qui signifie 10 metres carre avec 2 lits l'un au dessus de l'autre, un lavabo et un ventilateur! Mais attention les repas sont inclus (wow!)!! On est quand meme loin de la "croisiere s'amuse"! Nous sommes partis jeudi...

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Feb 1, 2008 - Timbuktu

Today we arrived in the fabled city of Timbuktu. We landed on the shore about five miles out from the city and then were met by Tuareg drivers. The Tuareg people are nomads who founded the city in the 12th century. They have an amazing history that I hope to learn more about when I return home. Timbuktu was a major route for trading gold, salt, spices and slaves. It was once the most glorious and rich city in the world and became a learning center for Islam and boasted several universities for higher learning. Unfortunately, the city is all...

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Nov 22, 2007 - Ferry to Timbuktu

Nov 23...Up for tea & bread w/ tiny bit of jam. Up top in the cool breeze the Niger R. is flanked by villages both permanent on higher ground and fishing(flooded only occupied later when water goes down for 4 to 6 mos). Scenery chges from green eucalyptus trees to rice growing to much dryer & sand banks and then back to rice, etc. In our conversations w/ Marta we learn she was in on the 2nd most important discovery after King Tut in mid-East in 2002 in Syria(see Natl Geo. Feb or Mar 2005)=Teu Mishrife/Qatna(Homs). Fascinating! Enrico...

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Mar 10, 2007 - Good Golly I Miss Mali

Copyright 2007 David Rich 1100 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com 500 CFA=$1 G O O D G O L L Y I M I S S M A L I There's places you always want to go back to, that were so dang good you couldn't get enough; Mali is at the top of my list. The single key word is color; sheer unadulterated cacophonies of vividness to put Sherwin Williams to shame. Color pervades Mali, from the ancient market at D'Jenne to the sheer escarpments of Dogon country, and all the way up the legendary Niger River to over-fabled Timbuktu. The clamorous D'Jenne market has...

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Nov 8, 2006 - Timbuktu

Despues de ver las opciones para llegar a Timbuktu (el fin del mundo!), opté por ir en 4x4, la forma mas facil aparte del avion. La mas bonita era en barco, pero como en todo Mali hay solo 3 barcos, el siguiente llegaria en un monton de dias... El viaje duro 7 horas, incluyendo el cruce del Rio NIger en una barcaza. Llegamos al famoso Timbuktu y un guia nos hizo un tour nocturno por toda la ciudad. Una de las capitales de Mali en los siglos 12-15, fue un centro de comercio muy rico porque concentraba todo el comercio trans-Sahariano. Los de...

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Nov 19, 2005 - From the Niger River to Timbuktu

Start: Niger River End: Timbuktu Weather: Warm due to Cool breeze My cold progressed to congested nasal passages and a sore throat, while the pressure in my head was relieved and the glands in my neck felt less swollen. Overall it was an improvement that reduced the need to lie down and sleep. As such, when I was awoken at 2.30am and 4am due to the commotion of the unloading of sugar and the loading of logs, I sat on deck and watched the workers who had probably waited several hours for the overdue boat. In my previous condition I would've...

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Nov 8, 2005 - The Niger - Day 3: Campsite 2 to Timbuktu

Dossier: We spend one final morning on the River, hopefully seeing hippo en route, before finally drawing into the port of Korioume, gateway to the fabled city of Timbuktu. Travel Notes: Off again at 6am, slightly chilly on the river this morning, but with an amazing sunrise coming up. We briefly see a hippo. We are cruising down the river surrounded by a marshy flood plain that goes for miles in all directions. When the river is high, there is only water. As it recedes, it leaves little islands on to which the Bozo move. We arrive in...

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Dec 15, 2004 - Still Alive......

2 weeks spent being the tourist for what feels like the first time.....Relaxing boat trip up the Niger river,3 day trek through the Dogon country and then going by the truck to the very hard to reach Timbouctou while all the while being hassled constantly by the souvenir sellers.Think I much prefer being a traveller rather than a tourist..... Off to Ougadougou for more visa fun then onto the magical country of Ghana......

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