Quick visit of Grand Bassam – The sea!

Grand-Bassam, east of Abidjan 15mn to 30mn by car (according to the traffic..), was the French colonial capital city from 1893 until 1896, when the administration was transferred to Bingerville after a bout of yellow fever. The city remained a key seaport until the growth of Abidjan from the 1930s. I visited ancient French governor house. It is now a small but quiet interesting museum. Governor’s palace was built with stones and Eiffel steel armature, all directly shipped from French..

Village is composed of old colonial houses and mansions, all in state of advanced decay, surrounded by coconut trees.

One should take care at the beach. Atlantic Ocean is pretty wild, has fierce currents and a ripping undertow.

Temperature was around 33 Celsius (91 F), humidity 80%


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