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Sunday, August 30, 2009

City Tour

Overlooking Bastos from Palais de Congress

Yaounde view standing from the Greek Embassy on Mt. Febé

Looking down from Benedictine Monastary

Monument de la Reunification


Marché Central

Marché le Mfoundi..Live chicken anyone?

Tsinga Craft Market..lots of Cool stuff here

Carving table/stools I got at Tsinga

Mahima Supermarché

Carrefour, Bastos

The embassy had a city tour for the new comers and that's us and one other family. Iris the asst CLO is our tour guide. First in our iterinary is Mount Febé...climbing Mt. Febe by foot or by wheel is fun and worth it, the road is smooth and passable. Our first stop in Mt. Febé is the Benedictine Monastary and museum and standing from the monastary is an impressive beauty overlooking Yaounde. Opposite to the Monastary is the Mt. Febé hotel a four star hotel in Cameroon. The embassy location is adjacent to the Mount Febe golf club. Yaounde the capital of Cameroon is sorrounded by mountains and the Febe mountain adds a lot of beauty to Yaounde.
Our next stop is the Palais de Congres...its an old govt building on another big hill where they held convention or international conference. It's not where the Congress meets! Which is what everyone thought!
We drove by the Djeuga Palace Hotel where the former embassy use to be. Then off to Mahima Central/ Casino or the Super Marche where I mostly do my groceries, they have imported goods there kinda western market but very expensive though...a box of cereal cost $10 and the Philadelphia cream cheese cost $9 but Im just buying the local brand cream cheese for $3 and that is what Im using now on Jeff'and Claire's bagel every morning...its not as good as the philadelpia cream cheese but ok.
Then we stop by at the Reunification monument take some pictures and drove back to the town where Iris show us some bazaar ( Bricolux, Niki Centrale, Snob Bazaar) and the Dolce Vita ice creams shop I dont know how good the ice cream but I miss Ben and jerry!!
There's a street name after JFK it even has his monument in the middle of the street I saw that while we're heading to the Laking African fabric store, the fabric besides its an art its a beautiful clothes with an African design and color...Im gonna get one soon and have it tailored dress just like what the local women wearing here.
We passed by Marché le Mfoundi where you can get fresh product, they sell their chicken alive and if you wanna buy you bargain for the price and then bring it to the other guy who will murder the chicken (slaughter) and dressed it for you but of course thats another fee but still way more cheaper and fresh tooo
The Independence Street in central town is what I like most that's where all the good restaurants and bar is. I cant wait to have our car here! After Independence St. is Carrefour Street the road back to Bastos to our place, Yes the place where we live is called Bastos!(Bastos in my dialect means Disrespectful) its like a neighborhood where all the embassies are. The local say they get that name from the British American Tobaco but it was shut down now.
The Tsinga Craft Market is another great place for Yaounde Shopping. here you can buy traditional crafts and arts of their region they all have a typical African flavor, I was able to buy two small tables/stools with art carving on the sides, I haggled for the price and ended up getting a good deal. We hope to get some more of them and other things of course!!
The tour end passed 12 o'çlock and that's give us enough time to get ready for the Luau party at the Marine house. There's always something going on at the Marine house!!


badet said...

"I was able to buy two small tables/stools with art carving on the sides, I haggled for the price and ended up getting a good deal."

-Let, buti walang nag-remark ng "ang barat naman neto!" hahaha. lumalabas ang super tawaran power natin jan a. pero, seriously, ang ganda ng design nung tables&stools. in kris aquino voice "i want one, like now na!" hehehe... o sige, i just drop by. aabangan ko yung "more deals...and other things". sa susunod na shopping adventure...

hi kay Clara sabi ni Xuno!

beach addict said...

Yup! They have no idea that we are expert in tawaran..The original price of that big table is $100 but I got it for $40 I still find it expensive though but you know my OCD attacked me that time hehehe.. Watch out for my tailored made african dress!walang tatawa promise!

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