Ah, walks to mosques and graveyard.
Entry to Grand Mosque
Occupies a city block, but is plain and devoid of ornament, inside and out. Inside did not have prayer rugs, but prayer woven straw mats.
A neighborhood mosque, equally plain. On one of many streets which dead-end at the Niger RIver, providing easy access to the river-bank.
The main cemetery, located in the center part of the city.
A market street downtown, typical merchandise displays.
Chinese mountain bike seller.
Electronics and Stacking Chairs Store. Note the array of solar photovoltaic panels, used to charge 12v car batteries.
I bought a multi-socket extension cord in order to recharge multiple batteries (phones, camera, flashlight) at the same time.
Street-side moto repair shop.
Brother and sister who appear to be doing laundry on a commercial scale.
Traditional adobe block house compound. Note the deteriorating room on right, showing main roof beams.
All the children seem involved with parging the exterior. More of about that in D'jenne.
Segou rose to prominence in the 18th Cent. and some of the "Neo-Sudanese" style of architecture from that time remains.
Much of it residential compounds...
...with touches of decoration.
A less durable type of housing are those made from wooden poles/rafters and woven mats.
Surrounded by his handiwork, a weaver works in the shade of his mats.
An assembled building. They are popular with people living along the river who move back and forth as the Niger rises and drops during the the annual cycle of rainy season and dry season.
More contemporary, if not practical, buildings are being built of reinforced concrete frame, with concrete block infill. A load of re-bar heads to a construction site, where...
due to limited space inside the existing compound, re-bar assembly takes place out front on the side of the street.
I was invited in and up to the second floor to watch a re-bar cage be lifted into place.
Meanwhile the family was eating in the courtyard. The gestured for me to sit and eat but conversation would have been stilted, so I politely declined.
A residence with an attempt at street-front landscaping. Note the concrete block protection around the two trees: herds of goats and sheep are known to travel along streets and nibble at what they can find. I suppose the low unprotected plants are not to their liking.
Restaurant Le Golfe.
One of many food vendors at the "Food Court" at the festival site...
...serving Flag beer, red sauce on rice, fried fish, French fries with sweet banana.
Simple sandwich lunch and coffee...
...om the second floor deck of the Doni Blon guest house...
..where I stayed in a room off the car-park court-yard. Right on the river...
...with local art on the walls.