For those travelling on a tighter budget than me - thank goodness! - here's one bus to get yourself out of Tombouctou.
A hard, long, slow journey.
The sandy town is of course surrounded by desert - not the classic "dunes", but an expanse of scrabble as far as the eye can see...
Do not worry: if you go north, soon enough you'll be in dune-land.
An inveterate traveler, who has explored all seven continents, Neil centres his freelance writing today on travel.
Published work includes travel writing in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Buffalo News, Travel Scoop and The Wonderful World of Budget Travel. Featured destinations include: Toronto, Ontario; Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Qufu, China; Oaxaca, Mexico; Jersey, Channel Islands; Trans-Siberian Express.
Neil’s photography focuses on finding images of the worlds he visits that capture the essence of “place”. Whether photographing landscapes, archaeological sites or locals, the goal is to make a picture emotive of what brought one there.