La Casa del Papa
Travel Blogs from Ouidah
1st February We had to leave Togo today as our 7 day visas ran out, but our passports were at the Gabon embassy - we got the visas (well done Marianne & Cade!). We crossed into Benin (also known as part of the Slave Coast, or as Dahomey). Again there was a lot of voodoo there. Benin is a bit wider than Togo - 75 miles (120 kms) along its coast. We camped at a site with a pool! And a diving platform! Most of 'the usual suspects' went nuts off that!
2nd February ...
... swim in years. Togs and goggles on I whipped out a km like I’d never stopped training. The following 2 days I built that to 1500m without any trouble. I can’t tell you how good that felt. We were getting a bit sedentary with all the long days on the road and it was starting to show. So much for losing weight in Africa!
The next day we all trooped back into town to apply for the *****ian visa. The crew actually made it into the embassy this time, only to ...
... a whole lot missing from the bottle and I suspect she was bunging it on). What a lovely way to repay someone who’d been kind enough to help you when she thought you needed it.
There was a lovely breeze coming off the ocean and we all sincerely hoped it stayed like that for a good nights sleep. We all headed off early to bed as we had a pre dawn start to get to the embassies in Contonou when they ...
... returned and off we went to Cotonou and then to Ouidah.
As the sun was setting, we arrived at the coast and the memorial "La porte de non retour", which commemorates the slaves leaving from here. A sombre but necessary reminder of just how humble we ALL should be. We all need a lesson in humility. I set up the tent as the sun set behind the palm, spoke with Mark (our security) and relaxed.
... desperately and uselessly on the floor for the last hour as it was was already 7.20am. We quickly chucked our things into the bag and took a hasty goodbye from the kind staff at the auberge, starting the daily search for breakfast and cold water before we could leave. In our rush to set out before the sun would be too hot, we forgot all about Richard and his depressing offer. We had found all we needed, and were starting out on the road to Come when we saw a bright shirt and ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free parking