Sometimes I go to places that so resembles something I’ve read in a book that I feel like I’m in that book and someone’s reading about me. When we went to see the Bangui Windmills, I felt a little like that. For so long, I’ve enviously viewed so many photos of friends (both online and IRL) who went that place that visiting it myself and seeing the humongous, white, fan-like structures against the brilliant blue sky was almost surreal. I couldn’t quite believe that I was there.
Bangui Windmills are about 15-20 minutes away from Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. It’s our second stop, and as we walked on the beach, wiggling our toes through the hot sand, I kept thinking: “It’s majestic”. And it was. There really were no other words to describe it. It’s not just the size (though that’s certainly part of it), it also how beautiful the row of snow-white windmills look against the sea. The beach is dotted with old logs and a few stalls selling souvenirs, and it looked dry, deserted, almost dismal–but all that just put the windmill’s beauty in stark relief.
Shirts and souvenirs are sold from the stalls along the shore. The prices are reasonable (20 PHP – 300 PHP, depending on the material), and vendors sometimes allow you to haggle. I bought a mother of pearl necklace for my mom, and a couple of windmill keychains for myself.
TRAVELER’S TIP: If you’re DIY-ing your itinerary like we did, you can ask the locals here for directions to your next destinations. We asked them the order that the tourist spots will be from Bangui to Pagudpud, and they very kindly accommodated our touristy questions.
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