Colours of Elmina

East of Accra is one of West Africa's most colourful towns

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Wooden carving at street stall in Elmina
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Overlooking Elmina's natural harbour at dusk
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Overlooking the beach east from Elmina Castle
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Riding through the market
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Most of the town comes out every morning to count the boats back under the bridge
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Fishing boast returning
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Time for repairs and relaxation before fishing time
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A riot of colour as the boats come back in
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Off-loading the fish from the boats

Is there a more colourful vision in Ghana than Elmina's fishing port on a clear morning? This masculine little town subjects the visitor to a whirl of sights, sounds and smells like nowhere else on the coast. The clatter and chatter of the fish market is a world unto itself and truly a sight to behold - a swarming rainbow palette of batik dresses and football shirts offset by great tubs of crabs, squid and mahi-mahi, all dominated by the painted hulls of newly returned pirogues, themselves strewn with flags and washing. When you factor in a supporting cast of goats, chickens and wheeling birds of prey, not to mention the oven-door heat blast, it's quite a scene.

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