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Oct 18, 2011 - 17 October - Djenne

On Monday we started early to drive to Djenne, a World Heritage listed town which sits on an island in the Bani River. The scenery on the road is fairly flat, with fields of sorghum, millet, corn and rice plus herds of cattle. The rains didn't come this year and the harvest has failed, so the fields have just been left and the cattle will be allowed to eat what remains. After crossing the river on the ferry we arrived in Djenne at lunch time. Djenne boasts an incredible mud mosque, the largest mud building in the world, which is quite a...

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Sep 26, 2010 - Djenné

Der Weg nach Djenne, zeigt uns wieder mal, dass man in Afrika Zeit und Geduld braucht. Geplante Abfahrt am Busbahnhof: 12 Uhr. Ankunft des Busses: 14 Uhr. Abfahrt des Busses: 15 Uhr. Nach mehreren auszerplanmaeszigen Stops (Kuehlerwasser nachfuellen) kommen wir dann irgendwann mit insgesamt 5 Stunden Verspaetung am Zielort an: Hauptstrasze nach Mopti, Abzweig Djenne. Mitten im Nichts, nur 5 Holzhuetten und ein paar verrostete Autos und ca. 10 Menschen, die am Straszenrand liegen und sitzen und im Dunkeln Tee trinken oder schlafen....

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Feb 24, 2008 - Djenne

Phew it't hot. Connundrum: You arrive in Djenne, it's in the desert, it's hot, it's seriously hot. Do you drink a)water or b)beer? Suplimentary information... You can get big bottles of beer or big bottles of water. Water is warm, hot even, beer is ice cold. Big bottles of water cost 1000Francs (usual price 500) big bottles of beer cost 1000Francs (usual price 1000). Answers on a psotcrad, hic! I'm not the only one to think this, everyone I've met here thinks that the mosque is tiny compared to what they've been led to believe and have seen...

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Jan 27, 2008 - Djenne

We are driving to Djenne today. Still no word on my luggage. I can't explain how pissed off I am with having to wear the same clothes (and socks, etc.) and not knowing where my stuff is. But I have calmed myself down and decided that there is nothing I can do about it and to just "roll with the punches and go with the flow". To get to Djenne we had the cross a small river on a ferry. Djenne is a wonderful town. The people here (and everywhere so far) are very nice and friendly and stare at me knowing that I am not white but not so black...

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Nov 13, 2005 - From Bandiagara to Djenne

Start: Bandiagara End: Djenne Weather: Warm Packed and left the auberge before 7am. As arranged a guide took us to the transport lot even though we said we knew where to go. He took the back lanes past the piles of rubbish between the house compounds and the river. We left Bandiagara on a minibus to Mopti. The drive was unremarkable with the passing landscape being similar, but less interesting than Dogon country. The approach to Mopti off the main road was interesting as it lead through rice fields and open water to the town on the banks...

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Oct 31, 2005 - Djenne to Sangha

Dossier: Situated on the banks of the river Bani, precious little has changed in Djenne over the centuries, although its golden era has vanished and it now appears isolated and locked in a forgotten time warp. Untarnished by 20th century modernism, its narrow alleyways and mud-brick buildings huddle together in a sleepy Rip Van Winkle embrace. The town's highlight is undoubtedly the famous Great Mosque, the largest dried-earth building in the world. Roughly, or perhaps one should say 'crudely' designed, the impression it creates against the...

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Dec 4, 2004 - To Timbuctou....

Departure from the somewhat civilsation that is Bamako beckons as we are making the trek to Timbuctou via Djenne and Mopti. We ran into another overland truck that did the drive up to Timbuctou recently so we're going to give it a bash ourselves...Surely it can't be that hard after the nightmare that was the Mauretania/Mali border crossing? One way to find out I suppose but we re now well stocked with all the essentials ie; beer,rum,whisky,chocolate and pringles and of course water,fuel and food. A cruise up the mighty Niger river will be...

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