This bridge is one of the most important and characteristic symbols around Saint Louis. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the man that designed the so-named tower in Paris. It connects the mainland to the small island in the middle of the city. It is a structure of seven arches with radii tens of iron and is defined by as many stone pillars as the Senegal River. It has a one-way lane back and sidewalks for pedestrians. Perhaps the highlight of this bridge is the interesting way it is shaped. It is a very modernized bridge in terms of its regard to its surroundings. However, although somewhat out of tune, it acts as a symbol and has been very well preserved and maintained. It is the most important step, if not the only, linking both sides, for without it people were cut off and had to cross by canoe. On its banks every day boys jump from the piers to the river whether it's safe or not. They're just kids.
Saint Louis, or Ndar as they say in Wolof, Senegal's majority language, is the second largest city in the country after Dakar. It is located to the north of the country, about 300 km from the capital, to the border with Mauritania. Only about 200,000 inhabitants are there, or possibly less. It once was a French colonial town. At the time of the protectorate, the city was built on a small island, about 2 km long 300 m wide, surrounded by the Senegal River. It was the Senegalese capital of the colonies from the seventeenth century until independence in 1960. It's a much more pleasant city Dakar, since it is so small, much quieter, eat well, we are on the river all the time, as the Senegal River, which forms the border with Mauritania, is surrounding the city. We arrived at Saint Louis by jeepney in 4 or 5 hours from Dakar, but you can also go by boat, if you have more time, by the river, is very nice. It is a lovely colonial cities with all the charms and colors you would expect.