- Saint Louis
The third stop in our Senegalese adventure was the city of Saint Louis. The city has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. It used to be the capital of Senegal under French colonialism. The city is an island full of pretty faded-colored buildings in shambles, crumbling away, yet full of charm. We stayed in a gorgeous bed and breakfast called Au fil du Fleuve. It's a gorgeous renovated house from the nineteenth century. I loved getting lost in the old town and admiring houses in ruins. It was very charming and quiet compared to the hustle and bustle of Dakar. Make sure to grab a crepe at La Crêpe Saint-Louisienne, an institution since 2013. Do not miss the fish market, smelly but worth it!
- Langue de Barbarie:
Close to Saint-Louis, there is a national park composed of 4,900 acres of thin sandy peninsula, which separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Senegal River. We spent a few peaceful days at a bed and breakfast named Maison Niokobokk right on the beach. We took long walks, read books and took it all in.