Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Salt is a big part of what made Tombouctou a large trading city in eons past - and it is still important today.

Traditionally carried on camels from salt pans in the Sahara, when driving south to Douentza we saw a donkey caravan of about 20 animals, all heavily laden with salt.

The first picture here is from Korioume, the port on the river near Tombouctou...much busy-ness loading up several pinasse ready for onward travel up and down the Niger.
Salt blocks here are along the port in Mopti.

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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.
Photography has been published in Camera Canada, Foto Flash, Minolta Mirror and travel publications, as well as displayed at gallery exhibits in Toronto.