Ivory Coast – Amazing People
While in Abidjan, we met Gerard, randomly as usual, he came to say hello and offered his assistance if we struggled to obtain a visa for Ghana.
As he was so nice to us we called him anyway to see if we could meet up with him and say thanks for his offer. It so happened that he lived close by to the Ghana embassy where we were at the time and invited us round to his place for lunch.
Gerard told us that he has lived in the Ivory Coast for the past 20 odd years, his business was the agriculture of palm oil in the east of Ivory coast on the border of Liberia.
He has loved his time here by the stories he told us but it hasn’t always been easy and he sometimes lives in Limbo ready to leave the Ivory Coast if the stability in the country becomes worse as it has done on previous occasions. Gerard laid out a great 3 course meal for us as we talked out life and for that we are thankful to him.
When we said our goodbyes we explained that we were heading to the Ghana border soon and he mentioned a beach house in Assinie, that he had built with the intention of renting this out to tourists, but as tourism hasn’t been popular recently over the last few years he said that not many people have stayed at his place, we asked him if we could stay there for a night and he said this wasn’t a problem, we just had to inform him of the day and if we brought our own provisions the stay would be possible.
Beach House – Assinie
We reached Assinie after a night in Bassam. We were told that Gerrard’s good friend Yao would meet us at a particular time/location. The road to Assinie was very good and we made the trip in no time, we stocked up on beers and food in the nearby village, met a Benny hill lookalike Swiss traveller and had a coffee with him and then took a boat out to Gerard’s Beach house which was across a lagoon, it all seemed idyllic and we were not disappointed when we got to Gerard’s Beach house, it was a magical house, everything was naturally made mostly from wood, Yao the housekeeper was friendly and explained that he and Gerard had built this house over the last 14 years, it was absolutely incredible and words cannot express how much I loved this place. The photos attached may do this place some justice however you have to be there!
Gerard told me that this Beach house was a piece of his heart and it was very clear the love that he has poured into this place, I took a walk down both sides of the coast from his place and it was very clear that his house was by far the best thing on this quiet secluded beach.
Part of the agreement that we promised Gerard we would do is try and promote this place and if the photos above don’t do it for you then I don’t know what would! We have to give a big thanks to Yao as well, he was a kind person and made us feel very welcome, we paid him a small amount of money for the small generator to be filled with petrol and he provided us with coffee and warm water. The bath was an amazing place as we were given hot water that was warmed by some hot coals and could well be the best bath I have ever taken outside with the cool sea breeze in such an amazing setting.
We even tried Gerard’s homemade marmalade that he gave us that he is looking into starting a small production with, Gerard it was very good and we can only hope that some of our friends get in contact with you to experience this and your amazing house!!
If anyone wants to experience this paradise please contact Gerard on:+225 07 07 74 02 to discuss a potential stay. You will not be dissapointed