CNN travel doc about British colonialism heads to Africa

Written by By Meg Tobin, CNN

Earlier this year, Francine King from EOS magazine sent CNN on a whirlwind day of travel-themed research in a “world tour.” Our featured coverage this week builds on that.

In one of her many trips to Africa, King is intrigued by antique travel brochures from colonial times.

She digs out a 1902 international guide to the Iberian Peninsula — Casa Indagare, from Alcoo Caterel.

And King is giddy when she discovers an old photograph of a Las Vegas showgirl tucking into a homemade chicken dish she found in a collection of U.S. and European souvenirs, at a small village bazaar in Mauritius

Yes, these tiny Mediterranean islands look a lot like we did at 19.

We even get dressed up for a trip to Italy, thanks to an especially good finds in Moist and black velvet sari tops from Lina, in New York.

We also delve into France’s early 17th century natural history books, which highlight the fishing rituals of Galagny, near Brignoles in Provence.

But the most affecting moment of this adventure was living with the story that most people don’t know and listen to: life in colonial Kenya.

You might not expect to go back in time in the country once known as East Africa, but we’re not talking about the Somalis here, but of the colonial British Empire.

CNN reports about colonial landmarks — from the antiques stores in Nairobi to some of the secret locations across the countryside that are finally opening up for the curious traveler.

King says, “I didn’t expect to go anywhere in Kenya, but I felt like I wasn’t alone.”

King followed the story of the British explorer, Mary Anning, and her extraordinary finds in the region.

She recalls, “If we could focus on Mary’s story, then the story of Kenya, and its people, will be told again by young African girls like me.”

Our team goes on a two-week trip through Kenya and Tanzania — and is so ready for the remote places we’ve never been.

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