Tuesday, June 22, 2010

BENIN

Those are some photos I took last year when I was in my father's country in Benin! We stayed a few days in beach town called Ouidah, which was a major crossroad for the slavery trade in the West African coast. It is ironic how such a beautiful and peaceful place has such a sad history. Anyway I love going there because the beach and the river are really beautiful , and it is a good place to rest and disconnect from the modern world.
The other series of photos was taken in a village near the city of Abomey, as we were visiting a Priest who wanted to show us the school project he is doing for the children who live too far way from the schools and major villages. I liked to see the kids play, and explain their projects for the future. Plus it was interesting as it is part of my studies so it's always good to see concrete results of what you are studying, especially now that I understand it more.
Anyway, I am glad because next week I will be going home. I haven't see my family for 6 months so I am really looking forward to it! So I will try to post pictures from Tunisia this time :)
What are your projects for this summer? :)

30 comments:

Janna said...

I hope to visit West Africa one day, but you've given me a chance to have a glimpse. Thanks!

Daphne said...

Beautiful post, as always.
You're a wonderful photographer,
I love the way that these pictures capture the amazing African feeling I love so much. :)
Your blog is a treat, really.
My projects for the summer are going to Kenia for 16 days and work on the blog, I'm planning on postings loooads of outfit posts.xx
Love
Daphne
ps: what do you study, exactely?;)

Marinka said...

Jana: I hope you do, it is really a good experience!

Daphne thanks a lot, its really nice of you. I am studying international development and globalization .
I hope you will enjoy your self in Kenya, I never got the chance to go there but it seems like a wonderful country!

Mila said...

WOW,such amazing photos!!!

Laura Holland said...

i love your photos!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Beautiful pictures. I can imagine that you are missing your family after such a long time. Looking forward to pics from Tunesia. xoxo

Floddertje said...

Thank you for your so nice and many comments...
It made me smile today because you crote in french!

Barbara said...

Wow it looks like such a beautiful place!!!! and I love the pictures so very much, the color treatment is great!! :) I couldn't pic a fave

Kate said...

beautiful photos! the sky and sunlight in the first three are breathtaking!

xx

Amy T said...

these pictures a beautiful especially the one with the woman and the little boy.

alot of countries with a sad history always are the most beautiful ones. its quite upsetting.

on a lighter note the mask below is amazing!

Marinka said...

Thanks so much for your nice comments :)

Yes , Sabine I do miss my family a lot, and Africa too, so it will be good to go back.

Floddertje: Yes I wrote in french, I am glad to know it made you laugh :)

you are right Amy, but thanks god Benin in one of the most peaceful country in west africa, but its quite poor so it needs to develop. :)

Biana said...

Wow really cool pictures. I love the vintage effect. Really nice blog!

My Republic of Fashion said...

Such a beautiful place, its sad that there is so much violence. Great pictures though.

SarahD:)

Andrea Desde el TrĂ³pico... said...

Gorgeous photos! This seems like a realy beatifull place. :)
xoxo

Andrea Desde el TrĂ³pico...

Marinka said...

Actually Benin is not a violent country there haven't been a war or conflit since independence, so its pretty calm there!

LA said...

wow... so envy, this is amazing, like a dream for me.

My projects these summer will be work, work and work =(

GREAT SHOTS, BTW!








LA

Juliet said...

Looks really beautiful!

juliet xxx

Marta said...

nice photo :*

Karolina Joanna said...

The sky is beautiful there

soph (owl vs. dove) said...

These are wonderful photos. The ones along the coast are beautiful.

loucieee said...

I'm so sad to hear the slavery trade, dear. :( But, these pictures uplifts my mood, really. It's realy beautiful. I'm looking forward to see pictures of Tunisia. 'til next time. :)

valncami said...

wow these pictures are stunning! i am in awe! it would be amazing to travel like that, it looks so beautiful! thanks for your comment on our blog!

xo, camilla
abutterflybyday.blogspot.com

danica said...

wow! these images are breathtaking!

Nazara said...

this post is really beautiful...
I like the way you look, the way you catch the special moments in your photos.
you are very sensitive.
I hope you spend a wonderful time at home :)

Marinka said...

Thank you Nazara, I feel the same about your picture especially those about Japan, they are so perfect! :)

Anna said...

Beautiful pictures! A goal of mine is to visit Africa. I think it is an amazing place...it is where everything originated.

pumkyn said...

These photographs are absolutely gorgeous!

Ddays Of Our Lives said...

Really inspiring pictures, it makes me want to go there, so thanks for sharing!

Marinka said...

You are welcome, I am glad to know that it made you want to go there.. :)

Mumbles said...

these pictures are awesome
and nice blog by the way

Marley