Our cruise on M/V Braemar from Tenerife to West Africa in January 2014.
1 M/V Braemar in Tenerife, at the start of the cruise.
2 The main street in Mindelo, St. Vincent, Cape Verde. Mindelo is the capital of the island of St. Vincent, Cape Verde
3 Eagle monument, Mindelo. This was to commemorate the first Lisbon to Rio crossing in 1922 by the Portuguese aviators Cabral and Coutinho.
4 The charming and understated town of Mindelo.
5 M/V Braemar docked in Mindelo.
6 M/S Black Watch docked in Mindelo. This photo was taken from the deck of the Braemar, which was moored up opposite.
7 Braemar and Black Watch together in Mindelo.
8 Colourful boats in Mindelo harbour. Not surprisingly, the town depends on its fishing trade.
9 Mindelo, St. Vincent, Cape Verde. As yet unspoilt by tourism and commercialism on a grand scale.
10 Mindelo harbour, with the Braemar in the background.
11 Mindelo harbour, with the Braemar in the background.
12 Waiting for the President to arrive. Outside the Town Hall in Mindelo, the crowds gathered for the arrival of the Jorge Carlos Fonseca, the Cape Verde president.
13 Colourful fruit and vegetable market in Mindelo.
14 Colourful fruit and vegetable market in Mindelo.
15 Mindelo Harbour, taken from up Mont Verde.
16 Valleys and mountains in Santiago Island, Cape Verde.
17 Kids playing football in Praia, Santiago Island. Praia is the capital of the republic of Cape Verde.
18 Entertained by the locals at Santiago island. We stopped for a buffet of local dishes in a pleasant open-air bar by the beach.
19 Beach and fishing boats in Santiago island.
20 Rugged Cape Verde coastline.
21 More of the stunning coastline.
22 View from the top of Arch 22, Banjul, The Gambia. Arch 22 commemorates the Gambia's independence. You can see the shadow of the monument, a large archway inside which you could climb the pillars to the top.
23 View over the city of Banjul, from Arch 22. A good view of the Gambia's capital city Banjul, showing one of the many mosques in this predominantly-Muslim country.
24 Batik market in Banjul, Gambia. Batik is a colourful hand-dyed fabric using a number of processes, and the goods were very reasonably priced.
25 Stall holders showing us their batik creations. Large tablecloth, hand-designed and produced.
26 Intricate design on hand-dyed batik fabric Banjul, The Gambia.
27 Crocodile pool near Banjul in the Gambia. Don't get too close!
28 Crocs away!
29 Crocodile with babies basking in the open sewers. Open sewers ran alongside the unsurfaced roads in the small village near the crocodile pool
30 Beach at Gorée Island, Senegal. Taken from the ferry landing stage on the ferry's arrival from Dakar.
31 Statue outside the Maison des Esclaves, Gorée Island. Statue erected to commemorate the abolition of slavery in Senegal.
32 The horrific "Door of No Return" through which the slaves were loaded onto the boats, to leave Africa forever.
33 Sand-painting artist at Gorée Island, Senegal. There are 15 shades of sand and the picture is outlined and filled in with adhesive, which causes the sand to stick to the glue.
34 World War 2 monument, Gorée Island, Senegal.
35 Wooden carvings and souvenirs in Gorée Island, Senegal.
36 Dakar skyline from Gorée Island, Senegal.
37 Beach and landing stage, Gorée Island, Senegal.
38 The "Guns of Navarone", Gorée Island, Senegal. These guns featured at the climax of the famous film "The Guns of Navarone".