Quinta da Montanha Hotel
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Praia is one of the ten (10) islands in
Cape Verde. It was added to our itinerary after our port stops in
Banjul, Gambia and Dakar, Senegal were cancelled due to Ebola viral
What is it like in Praia? It has a lot
of historical importance since it was discovered by the Portuguese
and used as one of the ...
... 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.
... No fancy air conditioned coaches here, but small mini buses, our guide, Walter, had studied in Boston USA and was now back in his homeland attending university to become an English teacher. He was softly spoken but when you did catch what he had to stay it was very interesting.We took a walk through the cobbled streets passed old buildings with a lot of character but in desperate need of renovation in particular the military base which looked more like a scene from The ...
... Then it was off, as usual, to the Coral Club for the quiz which we lost by one measly point. The show company put on a performance called “Blues Brothers Soul Sisters” and we enjoyed the music by the M.I.T Band.
We were back in cabin 7050 at a reasonable time as we had to be up early in the morning. The Braemar was due to dock in Banjul, the Gambia, which would increase our “countries visited” total to ...
... and we also saw children herding pigs, cows and chickens as well. I think I can safely say that everyone enjoyed the tour, and we were all most impressed with the island.
We got back to the Braemar around 4.00pm, in nice time to relax and get washed and changed for dinner at 6.00. Tonight the theme was rock ‘n’ roll, but we didn’t dress up for that as it’s not my era; I wasn’t even born in the ...