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FEATURE DESTINATION: Senegal
Welcome to Senegal
Though it’s one of West Africa's most stable countries, Senegal is far from dull. Perched on the tip of a peninsula, Dakar, the capital, is a dizzying, street-hustler-rich introduction to the country: elegance meets chaos, snarling traffic, vibrant markets and glittering nightlife, while nearby Île de Gorée and the beaches of Yoff and N'Gor tap to slow, lazy beats.
In northern Senegal, the enigmatic capital of Saint-Louis, a Unesco World Heritage Site, tempts with colonial architecture and proximity to scenic national parks. Along the Petite Côte and Cap Skirring, wide strips of beaches beckon and the wide deltas of the Casamance invite mesmerising boat journeys amid astounding biodiversity, including hundreds of bird species.
Whether you want to mingle with the trendsetters of urban Africa or be alone with your thoughts and the sounds of nature, you'll find your place in Senegal.
The fourth edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games 2022 (YOG) will be held in Dakar, Senegal. The decision was unanimously taken today by a show of hands from the full International Olympic Committee (IOC) Membership during the IOC Session in Buenos Aires. This is the first time the Youth Olympic Games will be organised in Africa.
It’s easy to forget that a flight from New York to Dakar, Senegal takes as much time as one to Paris. Once there, hit the streets for lively beaches, world-class surfing, textile markets, fresh seafood, and—of course—mbalax, the city’s musical heartbeat.
Youssou N'Dour (French pronunciation: [jusu (ɛ)nduʁ]; born 1 October 1959) is aSenegalese singer, songwriter, composer, occasional actor, businessman, and politician. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine described him as, 'perhaps the most famous singer alive' in Senegal and much of Africa. From April 2012 to September 2013, he was Senegal's Minister of Tourism.
Global Thrift Store (2014): In Senegal, cotton fields stretch as far as the eye can see. Yet this natural wealth is increasingly overlooked in favour of used foreign imports as the country experiences a boom in second-hand trading from Europe.
In the 1960s, almost every Dutch windmill stood still. Now, one of the country’s oldest working ones is spinning again to help make artisanal bread.
By Michelle Potters
15 November 2019
When most of us think of Dutch windmills, we picture quaint structures sprinkled across the pastoral plains that whimsically spin in the breeze. In reality, most of these mechanical mills pumped water, ground grain and were once run by passionate and skilled millers in the 18th Century. Now, though, millers at Kijkduin Windmill in the Dutch province of North Holland are bringing new life and love to the country’s flour industry.
On this episode of Handmade, ceramicist Jono Pandolfi shows us how his team makes 300 handcrafted plates, mugs, cups, and other dinnerware for some of America’s best restaurants. You can read more about Pandolfi here: https://bit.ly/2N3x9KR