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Pictures of our trip 2013/14 to Cape Verde
- Fogo from 12/13 until 12/23/2013
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
Ukraine – August 17 to 21, 2013 - Ilyichevsk Port - Odessa - Bilhorod Dnistrovsky - Moldova Border
Moldova – August 21 to 22, 2013 - Ukraine Border - Causeni - Transnistria Border
Transnistria August 22 to September 1, 2013 - Tiraspol - Chitcani - Bendery - Moldova Border
Georgia Part 3 – August 13 to 15, 2013 - Abkhazia Border - Poti - Ferry to Ilyichevsk/Ukraine
Cape Verde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to Feburary 28th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Western side part 2April 7th to 10th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 2April 10th to 29th, 2014
Cape Verde Map
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latest picture: December 26, 2013
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101  The Church "Igreja Nossa Senhora
da Conceição" dominates the view of São
Filipe, the capital of the island of Fogo
with its almost 10'000 residents
102  One of the small squares with benches
under shady trees in the upper part of the
historic center (Vila Riba). It reflects the
peaceful atmosphere of the capital
103  The colorful houses that line the
cobblestone streets procure the feeling
of an “ideal world”. São Filipe was
built by the Portuguese around 1500
as the second town of Cape Verde
104  The bust of Lieutenant-Colonel
Alexandre Alberto da Rocha de Serpa
Pinto, Portuguese Governor-General from
1894 to 1897, surrounded by blooming
flowers on “Praça do Presídio“
105  In the mornings the “Rua do
Mercado” of São Filipe is busy. Vendors
are selling fruits and fish along the sidewalk
106  A mural from the Italian artist Ozmo
at the northern end of „Rua do Mercado“
on the occasion of the „Festival Sete Sóis
Sete Luas“ on November 11th, 2013
(another picture is in Ribeira Grande
on Santo Antão - picture # 532)
107  The offer of vegetable, fruit
and fish is abundant in São Filipe's
municipal market
108  Cassava roots and pies belong to the
main diet. Pies are also used for the national
dish "Cachupa" that most of the locals eat
already for breakfast
109  The market in São Filipe is managed
by women. They gossip and chat, crochet
or hold their sleeping child while waiting
for customers
110  São Filipe's pitch-black sand beach
of "Praia da Fonte Bila" stretches for miles.
Due to the strong sea currents it is
however unsafe for swimming .....
111  ..... it lies at the base of the 230 ft.
high cliff on which the capital of São Filipe
is built in the west of the island of Fogo
112  Thanks to São Filipe's commanding
setting on the cliffs, the sea view is
guaranteed from everywhere – in front
the towers of the church “Igreja Nossa
Senhora da Conceição"
113  The canon at the tiny „Francisco
Craveiro Lopes-Square” of São Filipe is
pointing to the smaller neighbor island of
Brava where we spent Christmas 2013
114  Monument in honor of the 1955 visit
in Fogo of the Portuguese President
Francisco Higino Craveiro Lopes [note the
typical five insignia of the Portuguese Coast
of Arms, e.g. also in Timor-Leste (East Timor
ex. Portuguese Timor – picture # 11)]
115  "In death all are the same"! This
private cemetery of São Filipe lies in
privileged, elevated seashore setting
south of the city
116  Emil is checking emails in our room
at “Casa Beiramar” in São Filipe, managed
by the Germans Monika and Mike. Our little
tree is spreading some Christmas mood .....
117  ..... there are also other ‘guests’ than
the ‘two-legged’ ones: A spider has woven
its net at the Guava tree in the garden. There
are no poisonous species here that are
dangerous for humans
118  Emil at our breakfast table at
“Casa Beiramar”. In the background
are the Swiss guests Judith and Philipp
who have also an adventurous spirit
119  A small cultivation with pawpaw
and cabbage in the middle of the dry
120  A heart warming sight: A beautiful
“Grey-headed Kingfisher” (Halcyon
leucocephala) along the road. We are
not exaggerating: We see dozens of them.
They are not shy leaving us plenty of
time to take pictures
121  "Jimson weed" (Datura
stramonium) manages to survive
in the dry landscape similar to
the Sahel zone
122  The still active volcano "Pico de
Fogo" is the most impressive mark of the
island. It is 9’281 ft. high; its cone has a
diameter of 15 miles at sea level, between
3 and 5½ miles at the altitude of the
caldera (around 5’900 ft.) and the top
crater is around 150 ft.
123  A cobblestone track leads through
volcanic scree, ashes and bizarre lava
formations through a moonscape down to
the crater floor, which north of Bangaeira
finally drops down to Mosteiros
124  On the western side we are closed-in
by a gigantic half circle rock wall of almost
3’300 ft. – called "Bordeira", while in the
east the "Pico de Fogo" rises up
125  Dark lava formations rise ghostly
from the floor of an ancient crater, called
"Chã das Caldeiras". From the grey ashes
plants spring up; nature is returning
126  The inseparable trio poses happily
for a picture in front of the perfectly
shaped cone of "Pico de Fogo" and
enjoys the eerie silence
127  Lava fields, scree and ashes cover
the crater floor of "Chã das Caldeiras"
on an altitude of around 5’900 ft.
128  In all shades of grey and adapted
to the environment: The 700 people village
of Portela with its low flat roof houses at
the base of the 3’300 ft. tall crater wall
“Borderia” .....
129  ..... Clothes flutter in the wind
behind a house. There is only
collected rainwater available
130  At the “worlds end” where the road
ends too: The village of Bangaeira with
around 800 people, nestled along the
crater wall, which is open towards the
right in direction Mosteiros (clouds
from the sea try to move in)
131  The "Chã das Caldeiras", the floor
of an ancient crater, lies at 5’900 ft. The
strong red color of the Christmas star or
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a
refreshing dot in the barren moonscape
132  It is simply amazing how nature
starts to reproduce again and again
133  Roundhouses (called “Funcos”)
on the former crater floor, built of
volcanic stones and with a cemented
peaked roof are part of the picture
in the "Chã das Caldeiras"
134  How insignificant does our Land-
Cruiser look against the dramatic backdrop
of the vertically towering crater wall
135  We leave the "Pico de Fogo" area
without climbing to the top of the volcano.
The 3’000+ ft. difference of altitude and
the 5 to 7 hours strenuous 30-40° climb
and descent are too much for Liliana
136  There have been eruptions again
and again in the past, the latest – after
an interruption of nearly 100 years –
in 1951 and 1995. In the foreground
“Pico Pequeno”
137  A mural in São Filipe with local
scenes. Due to the lack of a slaughter-
house animals still have to end their lives
the ancient terrible method (far right)
138  A Christmas tree made of
glittering colorful garlands in a
suburb of the main town
139  Fishermen and fishing boats are
resting near the Tortuga B&B, reached
by a 30-minute walk along the beach
south of São Filipe
140  We just stop for another picture:
Cobblestone, dried up meadows and
loneliness accompany us on our
50 miles tour around the island
141  One of the black lava tongues
stretches down to the sea on the
south side of the island
142  Here it comes into view again:
The "Pico de Fogo" with its eastern
slope. On the right side of the
picture the village of Tinteira
143  At a bridge we discover tiny
watercourses that flow between the dark
volcanic rocks towards the sea .....
144  ..... a rarity in the Sahel like
dried up landscape, caused by
rainfalls a few days before
145  Again and again we are amazed
about the wonders of nature [probably
a kind of cow parsnip (Heracleum)]
146  The village of Dacabalaio between
thorny acacia trees in the dry landscape
of the southeast
147  Who does not own a donkey
must transport the heavy load
148  Do people still live in this isolated
stony place with its beautiful name of
Bombardeiro along the rocky east coast?
149  A forest of agave is spreading along
the rocky eastern seashore of the island.
These plants are growing in abundance on
Cape Verde and can reach a huge size
150  Cushions of plants have set roots
again in the lava fields. They are shiny
dots in the dark and rather
desolate environment
151  The north and northeastern coast
of the island is wild, buffeted by waves
and wind and rather forbidding
152  Rocks battered by waves and lava
fields ad nauseam. With its yellow tarp
and local red license plate our blue
LandCruiser adds some color
153  Miraculously the destructing
lava flow stopped before the church
of Lagoa Atrás
154  The power of the waves leads to
bizarre formations at the northeastern
coast like this bridge of
“Ponto da Lagoa Atrás“
155  Above the district village Fajãzinha
at Mosteiros in the north strange rock layers
have been exposed by wind and weather .....
156  ..... close by is a whitewashed
tomb lonely on a mountain slope
157  At the cool and foggy northern
slopes of the volcano sprawl green
"aerial roots"
158  The second biggest city in Fogo –
Mosteiros with a population of around
10’000 – sits picturesquely in the sub-
tropical northeast between the steep
mountain slopes and the sea and
consists of about 7 districts: here in
the front Sambango, back Laranjo
159  On a small forecourt in Laranjo/
Mosteiros stands a Christmas
tree made of tires
160  A glimpse from the hill down
to the coast of Fajãzinha, a suburb of
the spreading coastal town of Mosteiros
161  Foggy but green – that’s how
the north and northeast of Fogo
showcases itself (at least to us)
162  With its rough and difficult terrains,
Fogo’s most suitable mean of transport
is still the donkey
163  The humid climate of the north
favors the growth of coffee,
pawpaw, mango and banana
164  "Ponta da Salina“, approximately
10 miles northeast of São Filipe. An
impressive rock bridge separates a
swimming pool from the ocean .....
165  ..... beside, in a couloir, it rages,
splashes and churns during rough sea .....
166  ..... the towering water fountains in
their immaculate white offer a fascinating
spectacle of nature, particularly when not
getting wet
167  Colorful fishing boats are waiting for
their next catch in the protected bay of
"Ponta da Salina". Behind is a small black
sand beach – the only one in the region
168  A farmer’s house where corncobs
are laid out to dry on the roof
169  12/23/2013: Arrival of the Fast-
Ferry 'Kriola' that will bring us and our
LandCruiser in a bumpy 40-minutes-ride
to the western neighbor island of Brava
170  On our return from the island of
Brava to the main island of Santiago the
FastFerry 'Kriola' makes a stop at Fogo.
The capital São Filipe is greeting in the
warm morning light .....
171  ..... the second colonial house with
its puce tiled roof and the balcony to the
left of the cathedral is the guesthouse
“Casa Beiramar” where we stayed for
ten days
172  The FastFerry 'Kriola' sails along
the 230 ft. high cliff that protects the
west side of the island against the
rough Atlantic Ocean, respectively
breaks slowly off
173  The stormy sea has already
ended dramatically for many ships
between the islands
174  One last time we admire the perfectly
shaped cone of the volcano "Pico de Fogo"
before the FastFerry 'Kriola' enters in
direction east the open sea
175  The farewell of the island of Fogo
(means island of fire) could not be more
beautiful: Dolphins accompany and charm
us with an unforgettable performance
The "Greater"-Middle East trip 2012/13:
Sharjah/Dubai/1st Traveler's Festival/Emirates National Auto Museum - UAE with car Nov. 2012 to Jan. 2013 - part 1
Western UAE - Liwa - United Arab Emirates  with car in January 2013 - part 2
Oman 2013 – Part 1 - February 2013: Musandam Peninsula
Oman 2013 – Part 2 - February 2013: Sohar - Muscat - Rustaq - Nizwa
Oman 2013 – Part 3 - March 2013: Sur - East Coast - Island of Masirah - Dhofar
Oman 2013 – Part 4 - March 2013: Salalah & Surroundings (Dhofar) - Nizwa
Oman 2013 – Part 5 - March 2013: Western Hajar Mountains
Al Ain, Eastcoast & Ras al Khaima - United Arab Emirates with our car in April 2013 - part 3
Iran - part 1: Ferry Port Bandar Abbas-Shiraz-Persepolis-Pasargad (between Persepolis and Yazd) May 2013
Iran - part 2: Pasargad (excl.)-Yazd-Esfahan May 2013
Iran - part 3: Esfahan (excl.)-Chelgerd-Hamadan-Sanandaj-Orumiyeh May 2013
Turkey: Iran Border - Esendere - Hakkari - Van - Dogubayazit - Kars - Ardahan-Hopa - Georgia Border May 28 to June 4, 2013
Georgia: part 1: Ajaria - Gori - Tbilisi - Kakheti - Azerbaijan Border June 4 to 13, 2013
Azerbaijan: Georgia Border - Balakan - Seki - Lahiç - Baku - Xinaliq - Quba - Laza - Baku - Ganca - Georgia Border June 13 to 24, 2013
Armenia part 1: Georgia Border - Akhtala - Haghpat - Dilijan - Lake Sevan - Selim - Arates - Nagorno-Karabakh July 2 to 9, 2013
Armenia part 2: Nagorno-Karabakh - Goris - Tatev - Noravank - Khor Virap - Echmiadzin - Geghard - Gyumri - Georgia 17 to 22, 2013
Articles in newspapers about us on Cape Verde:
Article: "Estão em São Nicolau: Emil e Liliana há 30 anos à volta do mundo", Online Newspaper "Jornal de São Nicolau" - March 6, 2014
Article: "Cabo Verde na Volta ao Mundo de Emil e Liliana Schmid", Daily Newspaper "ASemana" - March 9, 2014