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message 1: by Muphyn (last edited Feb 08, 2009 05:23PM) (new)

Muphyn | 816 comments I came across this article on literary tours across Africa the other day (can't remember what I was actually looking for). Besides the travel info, it's got some interesting bits on authors/books of various African countries. Just thought I'd post it, in case people are interested... :)

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/a...


message 2: by Andrea (new)

Andrea | 660 comments I read through this and thought it was interesting and a fun idea, although I think it's funny that with all the great African lit. the only tours actually available deal with Alexander McCall Smith's fictional characters. I like the books, but there's a lot more out there. I've never visited Karen Blixen's house in Kenya, but I've been told it's one of the few houses from that period that's authentically preserved and open to the public. The thing is, most Kenyans are not exactly keen to remember "that period." I remember as a kid I went to Alabama with my dad to visit an aunt and I was so disappointed that he wouldn't take me to a tour of one of the "Ante-bellum" mansions. When I was older I understood how he felt. The site makes me want to travel more. If only I could find somebody to pay me:)


message 3: by Friederike (new)

Friederike Knabe (fknabe) | 162 comments Karen Blixen's House - It is well preserved and a lovely place to visit on a weekend afternoon. It has some catering available and you see many Kenyan as well as other visitors milling about. It is easy to imagine her living there as much of the house interior as well as buildings in the grounds are preserved.


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