Travel with me to Nairobi


Welcome to my blog that unites my two passions: French and travel. Travel to Nairobi, capital city of Nairobi today. It is the largest city in Kenya  with a population of more than 3 million. It was founded in 1899 from what was a swamp area, It was a rail depot at first. The word “Nairobi” came from the Maasai word enairobe, which literally means ” stream of cold water. ”

Kenya was created by European colonisation in Africa from the mid-1800s to 1960s. Kenya was a protectorate from 1895 to 1920 and a British colony from 1920 to 1963 when it became a republic. The two main languages spoken are Swahili and English.

Nairobi is a cosmopolitan city with an ethnic mix of races.  Nairobi is known as the ‘Safari capital of the World’.There are many places to visit in and around Nairobi. An important street in Nairobi is Kenyatta Avenue, named after the first president of the Republic of Kenya. Many of Nairobi’s famous buildings are situated on this street such as the Post Office housed in a skyscraper, and the strange caged Galton-Fenzi building, named after the man who founded the Automobile  Association Branch of Nairobi.

If you drive 20 minutes away from the city centre, you will discover Nairobi National Park, one of Kenya’s top parks where you can see the ‘Big Five’ and many other species living in the wild. Ten kilometres from the city centre, you will find the Karen Blixen Museum, dedicated to Danish author, Karen Blixen. One of her books, Out of Africa, was turned into a film of the same name in 1985, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep .

The Kenyan Government established a cultural centre, the Bomas of Kenya, to promote, maintain and preserve the rich and diverse cultural values of the various ethnic groups and to serve as a tourist attraction.  Then there is also the Giraffe Centre which may be found 5 kilometres from Nairobi. This centre was established to protect an endangered giraffe species, the Rothschild giraffe, native to East Africa.

Another tourist attraction are the  fourteen Thika Falls, which have historical and religious significance to Asian immigrants and the residents. There are many other attractions to visit – stroll into the colourful market, visit the Train Museum, admire the Nairobi Arboretum, go ice skating at Africa’s largest ice rink and breathe in the scent of Africa.

French Vocabulary

Today we are going to learn the vocabulary to do with meals and when we are at the table:

le repas = a meal repas

le déjeuner = lunch déjeuner

le petit déjeuner = breakfast petit déjeuner

le dÎner = dinner diner

le souper = supper souper

un verre = a glass verre

un couteau = a knife couteau

une fourchette = a fork fourchette

metre le couvert = to lay the table mettre le couvert

une tasse = a cup tasse

une carafe = a jug carafe

une serviette = a napkin serviette napkin

une cuillère = a spoon cuillere

une petite cuillère = a teaspoon petite cuillere

une nappe = a tablecloth nappe



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