For us,this year has been all about Côte d’Ivoire. We moved to Abidjan from Johannesburg at the end of 2011. So, our year has been spent getting to know our new home and exploring the city of Abidjan, known locally as the “pearl of the lagunes” and internationally as the “Paris of West Africa”. While Abidjan’s image may have been tarnished by the recent conflict in Côte d’Ivoire, it’s people have lost none of their spirit or their joie de vivre. We have loved every minute of 2012 and hope you have just as much fun following this photographic journey through our year!
We ushered the New Year in with a bang on the beach at Assouindé.
In February we witnessed a royal welcome for a visiting dignitary in Adzope.
In March, we caught these Abidjan school girls enjoying an after school treat.
Every modern city has crazy commutes. Abidjan is no different; but, this young man is fortunate to be able to zip through the traffic on his scooter.
In May, we were fortunate to enjoy a little downtime in beautiful Assinie.
In June, we captured this rainy shot of the Abidjan stadium and lights at dusk. Truly the “pearl of the lagunes”…
Teenagers everywhere still flirt at corner stores…..
We caught up with this egg seller doing his rounds in suburban Abidjan last August.
Local boys welcome us to the local mosque in Adzope.
In October, we visited Patrice’s recently refurbished alma mater, the University of Abidjan, or Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny.
Grand Bassam’s king receives feedback from his subjects during the Abissa festivities last November.
In December, Christmas decorations went up around the city and stores were stocked with seemingly endless supplies of toys, European chocolates and fine wines.