2014 - Cape Verde, Senegal & The Gambia.

Our cruise on M/V Braemar from Tenerife to West Africa in January 2014.
SPA51627  M/V Braemar in Tenerife, at the start of the cruise. mindelo main street  The main street in Mindelo, St. Vincent, Cape Verde. Mindelo is the capital of the island of St. Vincent, Cape Verde monument mindelo  Eagle monument, Mindelo. This was to commemorate the first Lisbon to Rio crossing in 1922 by the Portuguese aviators Cabral and Coutinho. mindelo  The charming and understated town of Mindelo.
braemar mindelo  M/V Braemar docked in Mindelo. SPA51635  M/S Black Watch docked in Mindelo. This photo was taken from the deck of the Braemar, which was moored up opposite. SPA51638  Braemar and Black Watch together in Mindelo. boats in mindelo  Colourful boats in Mindelo harbour. Not surprisingly, the town depends on its fishing trade.
mindelo (2)  Mindelo, St. Vincent, Cape Verde. As yet unspoilt by tourism and commercialism on a grand scale. mindelo braemar2  Mindelo harbour, with the Braemar in the background. mindelo with braemar  Mindelo harbour, with the Braemar in the background. SPA51646  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.
colourful veg  Colourful fruit and vegetable market in Mindelo. veg market mindelo  Colourful fruit and vegetable market in Mindelo. SPA51647  Mindelo Harbour, taken from up Mont Verde. green valley  Valleys and mountains in Santiago Island, Cape Verde.
praia football  Kids playing football in Praia, Santiago Island. Praia is the capital of the republic of Cape Verde. local entertainment praia  Entertained by the locals at Santiago island. We stopped for a buffet of local dishes in a pleasant open-air bar by the beach. beach santiago  Beach and fishing boats in Santiago island. rugged coastline  Rugged Cape Verde coastline.
coastline santiago  More of the stunning coastline. arch22  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. SPA51664  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. batik 1  Batik market in Banjul, Gambia. Batik is a colourful hand-dyed fabric using a number of processes, and the goods were very reasonably priced.
batik 3  Stall holders showing us their batik creations. Large tablecloth, hand-designed and produced. batik 2  Intricate design on hand-dyed batik fabric Banjul, The Gambia. croc pool  Crocodile pool near Banjul in the Gambia. Don't get too close! croc  Crocs away!
SPA51674  Crocodile with babies basking in the open sewers. Open sewers ran alongside the unsurfaced roads in the small village near the crocodile pool goree island  Beach at Gorée Island, Senegal. Taken from the ferry landing stage on the ferry's arrival from Dakar. slave trade  Statue outside the Maison des Esclaves, Gorée Island. Statue erected to commemorate the abolition of slavery in Senegal. door of no return  The horrific "Door of No Return" through which the slaves were loaded onto the boats, to leave Africa forever.
sand painting  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. monument senegal  World War 2 monument, Gorée Island, Senegal. wooden carvings  Wooden carvings and souvenirs in Gorée Island, Senegal. SPA51684  Dakar skyline from Gorée Island, Senegal.
SPA51690  Beach and landing stage, Gorée Island, Senegal. 20140126 110055  The "Guns of Navarone", Gorée Island, Senegal. These guns featured at the climax of the famous film "The Guns of Navarone". braemar gran canaria  The Braemar in Gran Canaria.