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    HJF, The Gambia coastline – image © Jason Florio

    Jason and I have just completed our Gambia coastline walk and what a truly lovely experience it was; albeit mighty humid – an average of 90% humidity every day. ‘Mad dogs and English (wo)men…’ kept springing to mind. Even now, as I sit here typing in the relative coolness of our house, my fingers feel as if they sticking to the keyboard.

    The story was assigned by an airline inflight magazine. So,  unfortunately,  until they publish itwe can’t really say too much about the walk. However, we can share a few images from along the way – most of Jason’s however we’ll have to hold back on until the photo editor decides what they want to use.

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    We’ll be posting more images over the coming days, so please stop by again. You may also like to check out our floriotravels Instagram and Photostellstories FB pages + ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush - 930km Africa odyssey‘ which we completed in 2009

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    Our little companions during our walk around Jinack Island © HJF

    The Florios - Helen and Jason

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    Walking in #ebolafree Gambia, West Africa Jason and I have just completed our Gambia coastline walk and what a truly lovely experience it was; albeit mighty humid - an average of 90% humidity every day.
     

  2. Gambia coastline walk: 1st Stop - an island paradise - Jinack Island, The Gambia, West Africa

    Gambia coastline walk: 1st Stop – an island paradise – Jinack Island, The Gambia, West Africa

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    Walking boots and birkenstocks – 1st stop Jinack Island, Gambia. Image © HJF

    Day One – Jinack Lodge, Jinack Island

    It has begun,  our 80km walk along the Gambian coastline. We’ll be updating images  – connection allowing – onto our floriotravels instagram page. The stories will come later…

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    The approach to Jinack Island from the mainland, Gambia, West Africa – image © JF

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  3. Press: B There Magazine - Hitchhiking the Gambian Way

    Press: B There Magazine – Hitchhiking the Gambian Way

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    Words by Jason Florio for B There Magazine – October 2014 – illustration of Jason (sans beard!) and Helen in ‘the whale’ . Instagram image © Helen Jones-Florio

    On route, via Brussels Airlines, back down to The Gambia the other day, Jason was leafing through their new October inflight magazine, B There(a bi-monthly which covers the sub-Saharan African network) and came across the piece he wrote…

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  4. Walking boots and Birkenstocks – heading back to The Gambia, West Africa

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  5. In early December, 2012 – mid-January, 2013, we followed the course of one of Africa’s last major free-flowing rivers – the River Gambia. Along the way, Jason documented the everyday life of those people who’s lives depend on the river.

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    Image © Jason Florio - gold miners in the River Gambia, Senegal

    From the source of the of the river – in the Fouta Djallon Highlands of Guinea-Conakry, through the riverside goldmines of south west Senegal, on into The Republic of The Gambia itself, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean – we had an incredible journey, discovering the regions that we passed through; including dodging hippos and hair raising moto-taxi rides with stoned bikers! Welcome to behind the scenes of our River Gambia travels…

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    We hope you enjoyed the ride. You may also like to check out our Floriotravels Youtube page, where you can see snippets of our journey in motion.

    Updates coming soon on our pending travels, back down to West Africa

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    Slideshow: behind the scenes of the River Gambia Expedition -1044km source to sea African odyssey In early December, 2012 - mid-January, 2013, we followed the course of one of Africa’s last major free-flowing rivers - the…
     
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  7. 'Musa with Rescued Patas Monkey' - print donated to Critical Exposure fundraising auction

    ‘Musa with Rescued Patas Monkey’ – print donated to Critical Exposure fundraising auction

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    For the last couple of years we have been asked to donate prints to Critical Exposure – for their Picture Equality fundraising auction; to which we have readily agreed to. It’s such a good cause, which helps to raise thousands of dollars.

    Critical Exposure teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change.’ About…

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  9. Incoming! Photoville 2014, NYC - a photo destination - exhibitions in shipping containers

    Incoming! Photoville 2014, NYC – a photo destination – exhibitions in shipping containers

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    ‘River Gambia’ exhibition – Photoville 2013

    We are already missing being physically present at Photovillethis year. The phenomenal Brooklyn based unique photo destination is, to date, one of the most enjoyable exhibitions we have ever done . We were astonished at the volume of people who passed through our exhibition shipping container doors over the course of PV 2013 – 1000’s of people, who…

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  10. The History Boys - The Nile Explorers: Speke, Wood, Baker

    The History Boys – The Nile Explorers: Speke, Wood, Baker

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    L-R: Tom Mayberry, Peter Speke, Levison Wood, David Baker – image by Jason Florio

    The Nile Explorers – Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution (BRSLI), Bath, Somerset.

    Yesterday (with huge thanks to writer, explorer, and photographer, Levison Wood) we Florioswere honored to be in the midst of such esteemed – and truly inspirational – company to commemorate the 150 year anniversary of an…

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