When we booked our trip to Ivory Coast, we decided not to stress too much about what we wanted to do. We were going to let family decide what they wanted us to do. We just didn't want to do too much.
One thing my dad wanted us to do was to visit Yamoussoukro and see the Basilica. Yamoussoukro is the political capital of Ivory Coast. It is not as big and populated city, but it has a decent population. It is only 1hr 30-2 hrs drive from Abidjan, depending on traffic.
The main attraction in Yamoussoukro is the Basilica and she is worth to see !
The Basilica of our Lady Peace was a gift to the Vatican Church by our former President Felix Houphouet-Boigny (R.I.P./ best President ever!!) and it was constructed from 1985 to 1990. It was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in September 1990.
Fun fact: my parents were there when it was consecrated, and they said it was such a huge honor and amazing thing to see.
I am going to stop blabbing and let you see for yourself (somewhat):
This was Guillaume and I's first time to see it, and it was breathtaking. DJ had fun fun running around everywhere, and the ride back home was sweeter as he slept the whole way, and we saw CROCODILES !!
The following weekend, my parents took us to the beach and i was in heaven. Guillaume could not understand why i was obsessed with beaches, until he saw the view:
Heck, DJ was just fine laying his diaper and playing in the sand. Yes you read it right, i left my son in his diaper because what the fuck ever! We are on vacation LOL!!
It was the best way to end our vacation.
The last days before packing up to leave, we just stayed home and enjoyed family. The atmosphere was a bit heavy because we knew that we didn't know when we will see them (flights back home are quite expensive), but we were happy we got to be there.