Thursday, February 12, 2015

More Photies - 'Oh are you the lady who fell backwards?'

We  visited Mindelo, Cape Verde Islands and bussed up the mountains contrasting the white sands dunes with the arid landscape.  One of the island volcanoes had been erupting for a month so there was a dusty horizon.



 Can you see the taxi driver who was doing backward somersaults on the dunes?
 We visited Praia Grande Beach for a 'taste' of the island.  This lady is a member of the Capoeira Dance Group.  She was adjusting her fantastic dress in the only loo and at one stage fell over and had the greatest difficulty getting up again.  Everybody had to squeeze past her.
 The little girl sitting on stage was enchanted by the dancers and ignored her mother's pleas to move..
 This couple were the star dancers and did a dance full of sex and gusto.
 Then the pros invited us to dance with them.  No prizesfor guessing my reaction


  Isn't she lovely?
 Now we are in Praia another  island doing and historical excursion which was once a major slave trading post.
 Alberto in the orange top was an excellent guide.  everybody could hear him and ha was passionate about the islands and hoped eventually to get into politics to help bring about necessary changes.
 Vasco de Gama on his way to India,  Christopher Columbus during his third voyage to the Americas and Darwin on his remarkable journey all stopped off at the port.




 The Municipal Market.  I ventured in but it was so crowded my arm was at risk and the ladies had heavy copper bowls on their heads which could have toppled over in the crowds


 Looking down from the Real de Sao Filipe Fort.  There's Bubbles in yellow.
 These boys live in a delightful village Cidade Velha -the oldest settlement in the Islands
 The village church which had an enormous bell outside attached to a rope.  Bubbles persuaded Roberto to pull on the rope when there was an enormous clang.  Then Bubbles had a go - then Roberto.  Goodness knows what message they were sending out.  I was quite restrained.
 The stone structure was the village hanging place.  We were offered a taste of the local grog and some of us partook.  Medicinal you understand.  Cor!!
 I\ bought a picture from her.  Isn't she splendid?

 Back in the Canaries





 Great pavements.


This is my idea of a nightmare pavement.  Anyone, over 65 with Vari Lux glasses will understand. 


26 comments:

Pat said...

Please excuse the odd error.
I don't wasn't to risk going back to correct as the photos have taken on a life of their own and at one time 137 wanted to be published.

The Cloudcutter said...

So wonderful and colourful! And yes, that little girl who refused to leave the stage is gorgeous!

Pat said...

CC: the children on the islands wee a delight. They always looked so neat and tidy - especially the girls.

AndrewM said...

What's the local grog?

Is it rum-based?

johng1962 said...

Lovely photos, Pat!!

OldLady Of The Hills said...

What wonderful pictures Pat! I feel like I had a great taste of this fabulous trip----I LOVED seeing the Chickens walking about....! And that last photo---it looks Daunting, to say the least....

What a Beautiful place!!!!

Pat said...

Andrew M I'm not sure but I didn't need any pain killers the rest of the day.

John: thanks.:)






//Andrew M

Pat said...

Naomi: Bubbles could not understand why I wouldn't walk on it.

Kim Ayres said...

Wonderful set of images. On a dreich, cold Scottish winter's day, it's lovely to see a bit of warmth and sunshine. More than a little envious :)

Pat said...

Kim: even with one arm the weather and scenery speak for themselves . Nice to hear it from you.

giveitanothergo said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time despite the are indecent

helen

Pat said...

Helen: what can you mean? There was nothing indecent going on je t'assure.

rashbre said...

Thanks for the guided tour! It looks excellent!

maurcheen said...

Lovely. Wish I was there. :-)

Xxx

Pat said...

Rashbre: gratuities most welcome:)

Mage said...

WOW what a magic trip into another universe. Thanks so much for shareing with us.

Pat said...

Maurcheen: put it on your list of 'things to do when I retire':)

Mage: it would have been even better without the broken wing.

Z said...

Gorgeous!

Vagabonde said...

I caught up with all your posts – what a cruise you had! I have always wished to go to the Cape Verde Islands. I went to Senegal but it still was too far from Dakar and the flight was expensive. I enjoyed your photos. I love the music from there and have at least 3 CD of Cape Verde groups plus several of the late Cesaria Evora who I saw in Paris before she passed away.

Pat said...

Z: thank you:)

Vagabonde: thank you for that vagabonde. I have just heard her singing 'Sodade'and the video brings back the feel of the islands vividly.

Granny Annie said...

Beyond wonderful!

Pat said...

Granny Annie: :)

Guyana-Gyal said...

This is so Caribbean, for a minute I forgot it was somewhere far away.

As children, we loved playing in white sand.

As for that dance, haha ha ha ha, I had to laugh at your description.

Pat said...

GG: When we disembarked at Tenerife half the passengers stayed on the ship to go to the Carribean with tempting reductions. Maybe one day.

LL Cool Joe said...

I have to say your photos made me grin, you've managed to capture quite a few butt shots! :D

Wow, what a great selection of images, they all look fascinating. Looks like you had a wonderful time, well, apart from your injury!

Pat said...

Joey: I didn't realise at the time but there is a wretched lady in check shirt and white trousers who seems to wave her butt constantly in my shot:)