Sunday, December 7, 2014


Madagascar - a far away island with a unique fauna and flora. I was so lucky to have the time to explore and to experience its beauty firsthand. We arrived via Nairobi in the capital Antananarivo or, as the French called it during colonial times, Tana.

Tana was built on 12 hills and steep streets and steps are everywhere but makes exploring the city even more interesting. What is striking is that Tana has rice paddies, many churches, looks like the Caribbean and then like Asia, the streets are cobbled and polluted and the French influence still noticeable.

Baguettes? Mais oui!

Baguettes are one of the many leftovers from the colonial times. The official languages spoken are Malagasy and French.

Markets are a great way to start to explore a new culture and country.

More than 92 percent of the population has less than 2 Dollars a day, that makes Madagascar one of the poorest countries in the world.


  1. Great photos! Made me feel like I was there with you.

  2. Ein Farbspektal sondergleichen! Und ein wenig Sehnsucht nach Holyywood meine ich finden zu können ;-) Ich wusste nicht, dass Madagaskar eins der ärmsten Länder der Welt ist, andere arme Länder sind irgendwie präsenter ...
    Hattest du eine schöne Zeit?

    Hab' auf jeden Fall eine schöne 2. Adventswoche ... Frauke

  3. Wahnsinn. Ich hoffe, es kommen noch sehr viel mehr Madagaskar-Fotos ...

  4. Must have been a fantastic trip. Love all the color and excitement at the market.

  5. Großartig! Ich habe in meinem fast genau 50-jährigen Leben noch nie einen einzigen Gedanken daran verschwendet Madagascar als Reiseziel in Erwägung zu ziehen - und du fliegst einfach hin und bringst fantastische Eindrücke von dort mit.
    Bilder & Motive, die noch nicht tausende Male gezeigt wurden.
    Liebe Grüße and welcome back to Switzerland, Uwe.

  6. So interesting Karen! The first photo makes me think of the villages that are wedged into the steep hills of Northern Italy, but then the architecture is different and so is the landscape. I see where it looks/feels like a melange of different places. Love the market shot with the colorful jars.

  7. Yep...very cool color captures! Really gives us the essence of the place! How fortunate to get to see this part of the world. We all should have an annual experience of what poverty is all about...since most of us are so fortunate! LOVE markets!