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Capital City of Cape Verde – Praia

The Praia is the capital city of Cape Verde and is located on the southern end of the island of Santiago. The main shopping area is on a raised outcrop in the centre of the city which is known as Plateau. Plateau is the main shopping area. Here there is a pleasant tree lined pedestrian street, with cafes and restaurants. Praia is gradually being smartened up now has a pleasant town centre shopping area. There is also a seafront with more restaurants and bars. The city is also home to a port and an international airport.

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Children in Vila do Maio, Maio Island

Children on the island of Maio are happy and playful. They have few, if any of the elaborate toys that many European children have, but they have lovely beaches, quiet streets and lovely weather. In Maio they are particularly friendly and even though many visitors may have a language barrier, it is still possible to communicate in some limited way. These four in Vila do Maio (Porto Inglês) enjoyed being photographed.

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Fogo island – the caldera

The volcano caldera is not to be missed if you visit Fogo island. The landscape is intriguing and you can clearly see the lava flow from the last eruption in 2014. The tallest peak is Pico do Fogo, seen in this photograph. Hiring a car and driving though the caldera to the beginning of the park at the far end is a very worth while experience. Expect rough tracks, not smooth roads. There is a modern hotel offering attractive rooms, nice food and optional massage. A different, very informal restaurant and accommodation built out of blocks of lava is well worth a visit (booking in advance if necessary). The chef cooks on an open fire and creates delicious food.

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Looking to Fogo from Brava

The two islands of Brava and Fogo are quite close together. To get to Brava (known as the garden island) you need to fly to Fogo and then take the ferry. There is no airport on Brava. The main town on Brava is Nova Sintra, which is one of the most attractive towns in Cape Verde. The micro climate on the island makes it ideal for flora. The gardens are lovely with an abundance of lovely plants and flowers. One of the main attractions on Brava is Faja d’Agua. This is a tiny village nestling by the sea and only reached by a mountain road.

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Road from Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande, Santo Antão island

Many of the roads in Cape Verde are finished with small granite setts or cobbles. These are painstakingly cut to shape by hand and consequently some of the roads take a long time to build. It must be a very hard and tiring job to shape these stones in the heat of the day. Unlike typical cobbled streets in Europe, these roads are comparatively smooth, because the granite is shaped to provide a flat surface. This photograph was taken on the mountain road between Porto Novo and Ribeira Grande on the island of Santo Antão.

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Jet skiing in Santa Maria, Sal

Water sports are a big attraction in Cape Verde and the opportunities include diving, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, swimming, sailing and jet skiing.

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Donkey being used for transport on the island of Maio

These children are enjoying using this donkey as a taxi! Children in Maio don’t have all the toys and games that most children in Europe have, but they are happy. They were also excited to be photographed.

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Smart new Praia airport in Cape Verde

The extension and refurbishment of the Nelson Mandela International Airport in Praia is now well underway. A smart modern building is emerging from the building site, with a large new check-in hall, travelator and much improved taxi pick up area. If you remember the old waiting area under the tent, you will realise that improvement was necessary. Although not completely finished yet, it is already a vast improvement. Further work includes expansion of the freight terminal and a new fire station.

The Caldera on Fogo

This picture was taken in the caldera on the island of Fogo. The old road was abruptly interrupted by the lava from the eruption in 2014. A new track has been formed to get around the lava flow. The caldera is well worth a visit; it is an enormous area with two main villages, a hotel and small restaurants. The wine produced within the Caldera is of good quality. It is sad to see some of the houses buried by the lava, but it is good that there was no loss of life.

Rough seas on Brava

This picture was taken at Faja d’Agua on the northwest of Brava when the seas were usually rough. The spectacular waves in this lovely bay (often referred to as the most beautiful bay in Cape Verde) were mesmerising. Brava is a lovely island with lots of vegetation and a most attractive main town of Nova Sintra. The island is the most south-westerly in the Cape Verde archipelago and is known as the island of flowers, partly because of the gardens in Nova Sintra. The little village of Faja d’Agua developed during the 18th and 19th Centuries, when whaling ships from America landed here.