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Cape Verde

March 29 - PORTO NOVO, CAPE VERDE ISLANDS

sunny 73 °F
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Today the ship is moored near the volcanic island Santa Antão, the farthest west and north island in the Cape Verde archipeglio. The rising sun lights up the towering peaks.

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We’ve sailed 350 miles due west from Senegal.

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An amazing cobblestone road following an old trading route winds from the port into the mountains. There is a dry desert climate on this south side of the island.

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At almost 4.000 feet we looked down across the Cova Crater. Our guide said they have not had rain on the island for three years!

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Up in the mountains and fertile valleys on the north side pine trees are plentiful.

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The terraced slopes, for farming and irrigation, were created over the centuries. The islands were first discovered by Portuguese and Genoese mariners in 1456.

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Down from the mountains on the north side

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A favorite island drink, grogue, is made from sugar cane. It was pretty good!

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Half of the oxen power for the sugar cane press

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And – how about a freshly cracked almond?

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Heading back to the ship, we passed a 17th century recently refurbished lighthouse.

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The late afternoon sun silhouettes some tired fishermen.

Posted by Swenigale 06:22 Archived in Cape Verde

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