Saint-Louis for day trip­pers

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES -

Crav­ing a quick trip out­side the city? Head 200 miles (320 kilo­me­ters) north to the French colo­nial set­tle­ment Sain­tLouis.

This lively fish­ing com­mu­nity con­nects to the his­toric city cen­ter, a small is­land in the Sene­gal river brim­ming with colo­nial charm. Rem­i­nis­cent of New Or­leans, Saint-Louis boasts bou­tique ho­tels, trendy restau­rants, gal­leries and an an­nual jazz fes­ti­val.

Don’t miss Sene­galese de­signer Rama Diaw’s bou­tique, which fea­tures col­or­ful and wear­able cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories for women, http://www. ra­ma­di­aw­fash­ion.com/ .

If you have the time, head far­ther north to the lush wet­lands of the Djoudj Na­tional Bird Sanc­tu­ary, an­other UNESCO World Her­itage site.

On your way back to Dakar stop by Lake Retba, Sene­gal’s “pink lake,” about an hour out­side of the cap­i­tal. The wa­ter may ap­pear more murky than rosy de­pend­ing on the sea­son and time of your visit, http:// www.lak­eretba.com/ .

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