Land Of Sand And Stars

Land Of Sand And Stars
Land Of Sand And Stars
Elaborate mud architecture, cliff-clinging villages of ancient astronomers, and the evocative city of Timbuktu are all in Mali, West Africa – a place of stark beauty in the heart of the Great Sand Sea.

It’s Monday in Djenné and the weekly market is in full swing and full colour. Makeshift washing lines are festooned with vibrant fabrics, bulbous baskets of fresh produce wilt in the searing sun, and the mingling dust and heat rasp at your throat. It’s been this way in Djenné for over 2 000 years and, today, trade is as swift as ever, with plenty of chortling between animated customers. A typical scene in Africa really, except for the surreal backdrop read more



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Bewitched by the magic of France, Melissa Jane Cook is an intrepid explorer. A lover of traversing the globe, she eagerly absorbs different cultures and laps up the magnificent oceanic experiences. Wooed by words and writers alike, her penchant for facials, chocolate, owls and bugs, is surpassed only by her fascination with the stage aglow in lights or bookshelves that heave with stories, where characters invite her along on their marvellous journeys.