May 4, 2024

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INTRODUCING THE STORIES OF SENEGAL

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Hello from Dakar!

As a proud native, this city is my heart and soul. Senegal isn't just where I was born; it’s a sanctuary where I return to rekindle my essence and recharge with love, wonder, and big dreams. After all, this was the birthplace of DIARRABLU, and at the time, little did I know it would turn into the global brand it is becoming. 

Welcome to "Stories of Senegal," a heartfelt exploration of this country's wonders through the lens of cultural influencers, travelers, and insiders. As we connect with local tastemakers, get ready to discover the vibrant art, delectable cuisine, and untold stories that encapsulate the spirit of this place I hold so dearly. Let's celebrate Senegal's culture, passion, and authenticity in this special blog series!

Join me today in exploring my favorite people, places, and things to do in Dakar, and don't forget to share your experiences and tag me on Instagram @thediarrablu.

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My Dakar home

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With my mom and grandma.

1) FOR WHEN I CRAVE ARTISTRY & VIBRANCY

Whenever I crave a dose of Dakar's artistic heartbeat, I find myself drawn to the Village Artisanal at Soumbedioune, a vibrant market with local creatives. This place makes me so proud because my grandparents actually started the leather tanning workshops, and every time I visit, I get to sit with my uncles and listen to their rich stories about what craftsmanship truly means to them. 

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The Village is very close to my grandma's, so whenever I'm there, I also stop by to visit. 

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ph: ICD AFRIQUE | icd-afrique.org

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ph: Phare Des Mamelles | @pharedesmamelles

2) MY SUNSET SANCTUARY

The Phare des Mamelles, with its panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, has become my sanctuary for sunsets in Dakar. I recommend going there for good drinks or having some fresh seafood as you watch the day's end against the backdrop of the Atlantic. On Friday night they have great parties with really amazing music and a fire show. 

3) CELEBRATING BLACK CIVILIZATIONS AND SENEGAL’S CULTURE

The Museum of Black Civilizations has been my personal time machine, allowing me to journey through Senegal's rich history. Each artifact and exhibit feels like a bridge between the past and present, connecting me to the diverse tapestry of our West African heritage. It's a place where my appreciation for Senegal's roots deepens with every visit, making me feel intricately woven into the fabric of our shared history. I highly recommend blocking a full day, multiple times, to fully immerse yourself. 

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ph: SEYLLOU | adf-magazine.com/

4) MY REFRESHING CULINARY OASIS

Maison d’Italie, in Ngor Island, is my culinary oasis in Dakar, a secret escape only a 15-minute boat ride away. The food is amazing, and the setting, surrounded by turquoise waters, turns every meal into a celebration. After indulging in exquisite cuisine, the refreshing swim in the Atlantic becomes the perfect end to my little escape. 

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ph: Maison d'Italie | @maisonditalie

5) A REMINDER OF OUR PAST AND PROGRESS

Goree Island is a historical destination recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This small island served as a center for the transatlantic slave trade. Today, its colorful streets, colonial architecture, and cultural landmarks stand as a reminder of the island's troubled past. Visitors can explore museums and monuments while enjoying the island's vibrant local culture and stunning ocean views. Growing up, this was a common destination for our school trips and weekend getaways.

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ph: John Ryle | johnryle.com

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I love taking pictures of their charming, colorful houses and keep them all as inspiration for my art and prints.

EXTRA TIP: take a drive to Saly and stay at Maison Blu

Saly, nestled along Senegal's captivating coastline, is where we spent every weekend as a family growing up, and today represents the definition of a ‘dream home’ for me. Renowned for its golden beaches, palm-fringed boulevards, and bustling markets, Saly offers a dynamic blend of beachside tranquility and lively local life. 

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One of the beautiful sunset views in Saly

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Happy kid about to eat a delicious meal.

I recently renovated our family house in Saly, and it felt so special! I was responsible for the interior design, and everything, from the pillows to the furniture, was handmade by local artisans. Even though this is outside Dakar, it is my personal favorite activity, and I’m biased here because this was my first home design project (and also a childhood vacation home) You can now book your stay through Airbnb and find some of my exclusive art collection hanging on the walls. 

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