Ivory Coast 129th Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. Ivory Coast is my 129th country.
Ivory Coast also known as Republic of Côte d’Ivoire is a former French colony that gained its independence in 1960. From independence until 1993, Félix Houphouët-Boigny ruled Ivory Coast, but since then the country has been subject to volatility with multiple civil wars and coup d’etat. Ivory Coast has the largest economy in the eight country West African Monetary Union driven by cocoa beans and petroleum products. Ivory Coast is surrounded by five neighbors and rests on the Atlantic Ocean with a long coast line.
I entered via a land crossing, existing Ghana and entering Ivory Coast in a fairly non-eventful border crossing. I spent a bit of time in Grand-Bassam, a former capital, on the ocean. This is a former French colonial town and also sadly known for a 2016 Al-Qaeda attack that left 16 dead in this UNESCO town. Next up was a visit to another former capital Abidjan, the economic engine of four million. Here I visited the unique St. Paul’s Cathedral. Last, was my visit to Yamoussoukro, known for the stupendous Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.
Ivory Coast – 129th Country