Souvenirs from Cote d'Ivoire
The Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, called the Ivory Coast in English, is historic and beautiful, brimming with unique Ivoirian souvenirs to tempt visitors. There is a great market for reproductions of African masks and tribal mementos here, and you can pick up items that are authentic looking and reasonably priced. While most pieces labeled ivory are no longer made from elephant tusks, these bone carvings are still exquisite and quite distinctive. Brightly colored textiles, used to make the tribal costumes, are a spectacular deal, and can be purchased to bring back home to make curtains or slip covers. Sophisticated souvenirs from the Cote d'Ivoire also include metal worked jewelry in bronze, silver and gold, bracelets and necklaces made from seed and trade beads, and ethnic musical instruments. Baskets and pottery are also traditional gifts. With all of the things you'll purchase, don't forget to pick up post cards, magnets and key chains to hand out to your friends.
Cote d'Ivoire: Mealtime
Tasting new foods is one of the fun parts of travelling, and a meal on the Ivory Coast can be quite memorable. Ivorian food is based on root vegetables and grains, making for delicious cuisine with many vegetarian options. Chicken is popular, as well as fresh seafood, served with grated vegetable dishes and couscous. While you are shopping, look for street vendors selling aloko, fried plantains served with onions and chilies. Peanuts are endemic to the Ivory Coast and pop up in many of the dishes, often serving as a type of sauce. Corn balls are made from a paste called Aitiu and are very tasty. Kedjenou is a chicken cooked in a clay pot with vegetables, that tenderizes the meat for a concentrated taste. This is often served in small open aire cafes called maquis, along with mafe, a peanut and meat dish. You can wash your meal down with Bangui, a wine created from local palms.