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Top 10 things to do in Dakar, Senegal

Find out where to eat, sleep, party and escape the hustle and bustle in our insider guide to the capital of Senegal

The beauty of Dakar, a city that sprawls across the Cap-Vert peninsula in a jumble of villages and former French colonial towns, comes not from its architecture, but from its people and the atmosphere they create. Hot, dusty and derelict streets are brought to life by locals parading in an explosion of brightly-coloured fabrics and sharply-tailored suits. Roads are often choked with traffic, but there’s a buzz in the constant chatter and giggling of workers on the buses and in the sept places taxis. In the markets and the Medina, there’s a riot of noise and smells. And in the air, there’s a constant soundtrack of raucous jazzed-up Senegalese pop.

It can be an exhausting place to negotiate, but to escape the hustle and bustle for, say, the sedate confines of Club Med in the opulent suburb of Les Almadies 5km from the city centre, is to miss the point – and the warmth of the place.

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The 10 best flea markets in France

The author of The Flea Markets of France, selects her favourites for collectors, bargain-hunters or browsers just wanting to soak up the atmosphere

France’s many flea markets are great places to find collectables or pick up a bargain. I’ve selected 10 of my favourites below, with a mind to diversity in location, price range and wares. But these are just a start – there are almost 30 markets canvassed in my book, The Flea Markets of France, all held on a regular basis, either weekly or monthly. Enthusiasts may also wish to check out the many periodic fairs and “vide-greniers” (basically, “emptying the attics”) that take place on a less frequent basis in communities across France.

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