Quinta da Montanha Hotel
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... for shipping slaves. Today as we
set out to go to the old fort, we were distracted by the bustling
scene in the public market. Walking vendors carry most of their
wares on their heads. A woman selling cheap sandals has a bunch of
sandals on top of her head. Another woman selling vegetables has a
big basin full of various vegetables. One ...
We are on Santiago the main island of the Cape Verde (pronounced Cape Verd) archipelago, an ex Portuguese colony 300 miles off the Coast of West Africa. Our ship is docked in in Praia, the capital of the country. The people look very African but there is something European about the tourism. Certainly its a lot different from mainland Africa. On this island all the inhabitants look ...
Praia is in Cape Verde, a volcanic archipelago of ten islands and five islets and was a Portuguese territory until independence in 1975. Cape Verde has tragic history having been exploited from all corners of the Atlantic but now is self governing and has a hopeful future. In consequence the cultural mix is extraordinary and the people are very proud of their musical traditions.We took a tour called Historical Praia & Cidade Velha (The oldest settlement in the Cape ...
... the Braemar‘s version of “Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook”, a popular TV programme in Britain which tries to get non-cooks to produce an edible meal. It featured the hotel manager, ship’s executive chef Martin Grabenhofer, and comedian Martin Daniels.
They first of all had to prepare a Baked Alaska, which was taken away to be cooked, then some sort of prawn dish. There was, of course, ...
... br> I gave dinner a miss once again, and just went down to the Thistle restaurant for the coffee and liqueur stage. The show tonight was called “Happy Days” by the Braemar Show Company and was, inevitably, set around the music of the 50′s and 60′s. Despite arriving in the Neptune Lounge an hour before the show, the place was already almost full and we could only manage seats stuck at the side, at right-angles to the ...