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... at Sucupira handicraft market. Once again, we immersed
ourselves in the culture and its traditions talking to the locals,
taking their photographs and buying a few African style shirts and
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... fishing rights. It is a tale we have heard across West Africa. The Chinese seem to have a finger in everyone's pie.
In the afternoon we took a trip out to the old Cidade Velha. We saw the enormous fort overlooking this village, and finished the day perfectly by wandering round ancient cobbled streets with names like Rue de Banana followed by a drink overlooking the sea.
... and visited a Catholic Church.Our next stop was the museum of archaeology which houses many artefacts rescued from pirate ships that sank in the seas around the Islands during the 14th, 16th and 17th centuries together with artefacts from the ruins of the San Felipe Fort.
A bumpy road led us on to Cidade Vehla, the oldest settlement in the Cape Verde Islands and the first European city in the tropics, we heard how the city was a place where slaves were held ...
... Murano glass. Murano, as you know, is the famous Venetian hand-blown glass and is much appreciated the world over.
We then went back to the cabin for a while, where I did some kumihimo braiding out on the balcony, until it was time to go along to the next event.
We made our way to the Morning Light pub, where the “Name that Tune” quiz was going to be held, played by pub entertainer Pat Shannon. ...
... at a small primitive distillery where we could walk around and take photographs. Although the sun was warm there was still quite a strong wind, although it wasn’t as bad as yesterday. There were a couple of wooden buildings with corrugated tin roofs and over all hung the evocative smell of wood smoke. This was where a brand of Cape Verde rum was distilled, and a gourd containing some was passed around for us to have a taste. I ...