My first tryst with French Food happened during my trip to Senegal which is in Western Africa a predominantly French Africa. On a trip to St. Louis, I managed to try out some fantastic fish and other varieties of classic French cuisine. The memory of French cuisine was reignited once more last weekend when I was invited to be a part of Gout de France or I should say French food festival in Kolkata.
I was invited by The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel at their restaurant The Legacy Grill in Kolkata to be a part of a special evening celebrating French food what I was not aware was that the consul general of France in Kolkata Mr. Damien Syed would be a special invitee.
There is a famous saying “The way to the man’s heart is through his stomach” that statement describes me perfectly. Being an avid traveler I am a food lover too and I make it a point that wherever I go I do try out the local cuisine. When it comes to Senegal the cuisine is a true fusion of West African and French.
When once you have tasted flight,
you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,
for there you have been,
and there you will always long to return
Leonardo da Vinci
Sometimes in life dream does come true and it did for me when I was at St. Louis, Senegal. I read about this hotel on the Internet while researching about hotels in St. Louis and I fell in love with it just by looking at the photographs. This small hotel had that romantic charm tagged with it, after all the name itself tells a story. Hotel De La Poste which means The Postal Hotel tells a lot about it. But why on earth was a hotel name related to a postal service?
The word “Dark Continent” struck me during my childhood, I kept wondering why Africa was called the Dark Continent. I imagined that the word dark was being referred to the colour of the skin of the people or may be that the colour of the soil was being referred to or may be that major part of the continent is not electrified which makes the night dark.
It was in the month of February 2015 that I was given a hint that I might be given an opportunity to travel to Dakar, Senegal. It seems that my luck always favours me when it comes to travelling the African Continent. Previously I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Kenya which is Eastern Africa and now I am getting an opportunity to visit Western Africa. By early March it was more or less confirmed that the trip was on and I need to start preparing for the great escapade.
Majestic, grandeur, humungous, huge…. These are some of the comments that you hear from people those who have visited Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine or African Renaissance Monument. I had something different in my mind when I saw this monument, it was “Ooh My God Woooooooooow”.