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Holidays with Cherchez la Curl

Kyoto, famous for geisha like these, is one of the places Cherchez la Curl plans to visit next. 1.  Tell us about the first holiday you remember taking. The first holiday that I can recall purely from my own memory (and not from siblings’ and parents’ stories) would be a road trip to my mother’s village in Ondo state. I must have been about four or five years old.  I remember patches of the drive quite vividly.  I remember riding in the backseat and sleeping with my head on my mother’s lap, waking up intermittently to stare at a pale blue sky flecked with patches of white cloud, and at some white birds flying about the green tips of the tall bush that hugged both sides of the road.  I remember waking up properly, and my mom teaching me a Yoruba folk song about the birds known as “lekeleke” (cattle egret). She told me a story about how singing the song and jangling my hands just so would produce little white flecks on my nails. I remember the wonder I felt when I looked down at my nails, noticing the white flecks (which had likely been there all along), and … Continue reading

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Travel Pictures: Cross River (Part 2)

Cross River is becoming one of my favourite places to visit.  Here are some pictures from my recent trip there.  I split the pictures from the trip into two posts so you don’t get photo-overload    See the first part here. One of the public sitting rooms where you can chill (ha!ha!) in front of the fire at Obudu Mountain Resort.

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A day out in Calabar: The National Museum

The National Museum, Calabar This may sound strange but I actually like going to museums.  Yes, I know.  I’m a real rock ‘n’ roll kind of gal.  Since I like museums, before I even set foot in Calabar, I knew I wanted to check out those the city had.  Last time I was there, I went to the Slave Museum so this time, I went to the National Museum.  Now, I don’t know how these things work but it turns out there are at least two National Museums in Nigeria – one in Lagos and the other in Calabar.  I’ve been to the one in Lagos a couple of times so I thought it would be interesting to see the one in Calabar too. The National Museum in Calabar is housed in a late 19th century building.  I love old buildings so for me, half the enjoyment of being at the Museum was

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Restaurant Review: Rhapsody’s, Ikeja

Rhapsody’s, Ikeja Rhapsody’s is a restaurant of South African origin with two branches in Lagos – one at Ikeja City Mall, Alausa and the other on Agoro Odiyan Street, Victoria Island.  I went to the restaurant in Ikeja.  Rhapsody’s Ikeja has a black and cream theme with lots of glass and mirrors everywhere.  It feels a bit like a restaurant on a spaceship but with pop music.  Somehow, I can’t imagine pop music on a spaceship but I digress. 

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Why don’t people travel more? (Hint: it’s not the reason you think)

I used to think the major thing preventing Nigerians from travelling was money.  However as I get older, I meet more and more people with more than enough money to travel who don’t.  That has led me to conclude that the main reason Nigerians don’t travel is

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Travel Pictures: Calabar (Part 1)

I had a great time on holiday in Calabar.  Here are some pictures from that trip.  I split the pictures from the trip into two posts so you don’t get photo-overload   You can see the second part here. This sculpture of hands is at the park near the Calabar Museum and is associated with Calabar.

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5 great things to do in Calabar

This roundabout in Calabar is called the Calabar Calabar roundabout.  I haven’t the foggiest idea why 😉 Calabar, the capital of Cross River state in Nigeria, is associated with tourism.  It’s nearly impossible to live in a city in Nigeria and not have come across one of many advertisements encouraging people to come to Calabar especially for their annual carnivals and Christmas concerts.  Apart from the carnivals and concerts, when people  think of Calabar, they often think of a clean place with little traffic and no okadas (commercial motorcycles). 

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Hotel Review: Axari Hotel, Calabar

An executive/ single room at Axari Hotel Axari is a medium-sized hotel about 15 minutes drive from the Calabar International Airport.  It is a reasonably-priced hotel – single rooms cost N13, 500 per night and the rooms are clean, large and decently-furnished.  I’m not sure you can find such a room at that price in Lagos. 

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Picture of the Month: Calabar

I’ve been wanting to go to Calabar for a long time and finally, I got the chance.  This photograph I took in Calabar is one of my favourites from that trip.  The sun was setting and I was lucky enough to capture the different shades of orange and blue that came with the moment.  I also like

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A sweet post: my favourite ice-cream places in Lagos

If you follow me on Instagram , you’ll know that I love ice-cream.  It’s not like I have it everyday but it’s definitely a comfort food for me.  (Is ice-cream even food?)  Anyway, because of my deep feelings for ice-cream, I have searched far and wide (within Lagos, you understand) for the best ice-cream and am happy to report the result of my scientific research.

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