The Gambia is justifiable known as ‘The smiling coast of Africa’ as everywhere you go you will find a smile to greet you.

These two ladies, cleaning fish at Sanyang at the leisurely pace that is typical of this little West African country, were only too pleased to laugh and smile for my camera.

As well as always smiling, The Gambian people are colourful, laid-back and always seem to be happy no matter how little they have.

I love this image as it brings back the sites, sounds and even the smells of The Gambia – a small country with a big heart.

Picture the World

Thanks to Lucy from On The Luce for nominating me to submit a photograph from The Gambia to The Departure Board’s Picture the World photography collection. It’s hard to select just one image that represents a nation but I have chosen this image. In turn I nominate Suzanne from The Travel Bunny with her lovely images of Vietnam and Abu who writes Visual Journey for his stunning shot of Palouse (although feel free to choose any photo or region you wish Abu if you decide to take part). Of course, you don’t need to be nominated to take part  just visit Picture the World and I’d love to hear from you of you do.


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