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... and tall peaks and the harbour, in which the ship docked, was formed from a volcanic crater. We took a shuttle bus into the town, a journey of only ten minutes at most. I suppose the best that could be said was that the area could be a Canary island in the making but that it is in the very early stages of development. It was a photogenic walk along the seafront with some old and colourful Portuguese style buildings and plenty of colourful characters. We climbed ...
... colony Cape Verde is now Independent since 1975 It is a population of 90,000 mostly of Portuguese/African descent.
Our Tour took us in a rickety old bus down rough streets, some cobbled, and up into the mountains. Mount Vert as the name implies a geen mountain . From there we could see Mondilla and the harbour and our ship in dock. The land is very dry and arid as the the Sahara winds blow here sand from the Sahara desert and offers ...
... gym regime with the help of my faithful IPOD, although one morning when I threw myself out of bed to "just do it" (quote Michelle Bridges), I found myself smiling on the treadmill as Kylie Minogue was belting out a song about feeling it in the “jawbone, temple bone, collarbone, backbone etc”. I don't think she was referring to me and my rather stiff and aching body, a consequence of the previous nights dancing, however! The next day James Blunt seemed far more ...
- Stopped in Cape Verde Islands, traveled southwest and reached the coast of Brazil towards Cape St. Augustine
- The rest of the voyage was disrupted but claimed to continue South
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Landing on Sal, you've probably read is like landing on the moon, it is! You can't see any greenery, or buildings and you begin to think that this would have been a much more dramatic 'Lost', if you had to try and survive with virtually no natural resources other than Salt, they probably wouldn't have made it past the first episode - so I guess not...
Just got back from 2 weeks at the Garopa and thought I'd share some of our comments.
We've spent 10 days at Riu Garopa from dec 26th 2006, with my husband and my 5 years daughter.
We had booked 2 weeks at the Riu Garopa flying from Dublin with Falcon holidays , we departed on the 28th December 2006, this was our experiance; We arrived late at the airport in Sal, it took us 2 hours to collect our luggage but what took the time was getting the Visa, not really a problem to us as we were very excited but if we go again we will get one before we fly.
We had booked in July for the Riu hotel complex for two weeks in December, after reading some of the reviews on site I really thought I had made a big mistake! However the reality was very different - the island of Sal is totally barren (I expected this because I had read up on Sal beforehand) the trip in the jeeps is worth doing, because you do see the only interesting bits of Sal all in one go. A hire car or jeep would not have been a good idea because there are few signposts (except on major roads only two of these, the rest are dirt tracks, so I imagine a do it yourself could be a nightmare!)
The Hotel is not for anyone seeking good food and wine. The quality of both is terrible. Pork was regularly offered with blood dripping from the chop bones and all the fresh food is fried not grilled. You cannot buy a bottle of wine in any of the Hotel bars or restaurants. The Cabo Verde "speciality" fish restaurant is particularly bad with all the "fresh" fish fried and then laid out on large plates to become cold before you can eat it. This applies to all "hot" food and it is amusing to watch all the guests waitng for something to be fried and then the rush to get it.
Stayed at the Riu Garopa for a week in early December 2006 and were very happy with the standard of rooms, choice of food and facilities.
We stayed at the Garopa for a week at the beginning of December 2006, and overall were very impressed with this new hotel.