Pat and Richard in West Africa 2011 travel blog

The view from the hotel restaurant

It's a hard life - by the pool at the hotel

It's Saturday and we are back in Bamako. We left Segou at 8am and were here by lunchtime, installed in a very swish hotel on the banks of the Niger River. Apparently it is owned by a famous Malian footballer.

We spent the afternoon lying by the pool, then this evening we had dinner in the outdoor restaurant and listened to a duo playing West African music - very pleasant.

Tomorrow we leave Bamako to travel to the west of Mali near the border with Senegal, which should be interesting. The town of Kayes was one of the first occupied by the French and there is a large fort there. Not sure how we will go for internet but will update this when I can.

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