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Pictures of our trip 2013/14 to Cape Verde
- São Nicolau from 2/28 to 3/13/2014
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
CapeVerde: 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: 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
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301  2/28/2014: The FastFerry ‘Kriola
arrives at the port of Tarrafal after a
bumpy ride of 7 hours. We received
50% discount on the fare and on our
arrival short before midnight we were
greeted by the Mayor of the port city
302  Nostalgic and authentic: The glow
of the warm evening light catches the colorful
fishing boats and the lovely painted houses
of the Tarrafal Bay in the southwest of the
island. The population of 5’000 makes
Tarrafal the 2nd biggest place
303  ‘Pensão Alice’ in Tarrafal – the
green painted 3-story house on the bay
with our parked LandCruiser in front –
is our home on the 150 sq.mi. small
island. Two nights of the stay are
offered by the Municipality of Tarrafal
304  It is noon. School children return
home for lunch. Tarrafal is a neat clean
place with cobble stone streets. Trees
and flower pots in front of quaintly
painted houses add to its charm
305  There is always time for a game:
On a small square along the Tarrafal
seashore. Unfortunately the jobless
rate on the island is big
306  Life in the fishing harbor of
Tarrafal: People love to gather for
a chat – an atmosphere that is rare
to find. Are the planned ferries
in the near future changing it?
307  Scene early morning at Tarrafal
Bay: Fishing boats returned with their
catch. Residents walk home with a
bunch of fresh fish .....
308  ..... or also with a full container
carried on the head. Fish is the main
diet of the islanders besides
beans, corn and rice
309  Nobody goes empty handed:
Also these youngsters hold silvery
gleaming fishes in their hands
310  Fishermen spread their nets at
the black sand beach on the
Tarrafal Bay – to dry and to arrange
311  Gathering around a fishing boat. In the
background lies the already decaying but
never used ‘Sanilisa-Project’ of the holiday
resort ‘Monte Gordo’ in Tarrafal with over
190 rooms. Air and sea connections to and
from this island are currently still too irregular
312  A glorious sunset over the
quiet Bay of Tarrafal that is also
popular by sailors
313  This girl from Tarrafal looks
already pretty self-confident
into the camera
314  There is not much entertainment
in the fishing village of Tarrafal; but
‘people-watching’ is always an option
315  Out of use but still a landmark:
The light tower on the west side at Barril
316  ‘Carberinho’ with its roaring surge
and the bizarre washed out rock formations
belongs to the self-proclaimed Natural
Wonders of Cape Verde. It lies a bit offside
of the road to ‘Praia Branca‘ on the west
coast, about 10 miles from Tarrafal .....
317  ..... Liliana admires with fascination
the masterpiece that time and force of
nature created .....
318  ..... and persuads Emil to
pose for a picture
319  We are returning on the track to
the cobble stone road that led us to the
bizarre rock formations of ‘Carberinho’
320  In a single file along the water’s edge.
It is easier to withstand the raging wind
with four legs instead of only two
321  There is a sensation of freedom on
the way to ‘Carberinho’ in front of this
1’430ft. high remote hill at ‘Praia Branca’
322  Dry and arid land dominates the
landscape to ‘Praia Branca’ in the North-
west, which remembers us strongly to the
Sultanate of Oman on the Arabian Peninsula
323  The towering mountain peaks of
‘Tope Matin’ (3’500 ft. – left) and ‘Tope
Moca’ (3’080 ft. – right) pop up east of
‘Praia Branca’ in the northwest of the island
324  After our detour to ‘Carberinho’
we return to the coastal road and drive
towards ‘Ribeira da Prata’
325  A picturesque sight: The pastel
colored facades of the houses of
‘Praia Branca’ with the bizarre
mountain ‘Tope Matin’ in the back
326  Our LandCruiser doesn’t like cobble
stone roads, but he loves the deserted
coast in the northwest on the way to
‘Ribeira da Prata’
327  Our remembrance picture at the
dramatic coastline road between ‘Praia
Branca’ and ‘Ribeira da Prata’ in the
northwestern corner of the island;
afterwards the road ends
328  The colorful houses of ‘Ribeira da
Prata’ nestle on the mountain slope at
the end of the cobble stone road in the
northwest, 14 miles from Tarrafal
329  A bright smile welcomes us at
this straw covered dwelling built of
natural stones in ‘Ribeira da Prata’
330  Waiting for a transport – an
“Aluguer“ – at the church in ‘Ribeira
da Prata’. It is the most important
mean of transport, also for tourists
331  Heading back from our excursion
to the northwest via ‘Praia Branca’
to Tarrafal
332  At the beach ‘Praia Grande’ north-
west of Tarrafal – close to the lighthouse
of Barril – cattle egrets make a nap
in the shade of an acacia tree
333  The houses of the harbor village
of Tarrafal nestle on the small coastal
strip between the sea and the
barren mountains
334  Our LandCruiser is driving on the
relatively new, 16 miles long tarmac road
from the harbor of Tarrafal towards the
capital ‘Ribeira Brava’. In the back-
ground the 3’212 ft. high Monte Cintinha
335  Blue dominates in the choice of
colors, like here the church of Cabeçalinho
along the road from Tarrafal to
‘Ribeira Brava’
336  No neighbors, just the backdrop
of the mountains (Monte Cintinha)
337  The small white church ‘Senhora do
Monte’ on the mountain slope of Monte
Cintinha marks the summit between the port
of Tarrafal and the capital of ‘Ribeira Brava’
338  In such remote places there
is neither running water nor electricity
339  The clouds get stuck at the north-
eastern side of the mountain ranges which
enables the growth of vegetables
340  View from the summit at Cachaço
to the capital ‘Ribeira Brava’ in the
northeast with its 5’500 people .....
341  ..... closer view of the capital. It was
long Cape Verde's religious centre and built
inland to protect its treasures from pirates .....
342  ..... view from the west side to
the capital. The dark mountain on the
right is the 2’021 ft. high Monte Bissau
on the eastern part of São Nicolau
343  A group of the still existing 100
dragon trees (Dracaena draco) on the
island of São Nicolau. They remember
us to the second kind of dragon trees
(Dracaena cinnabari) we saw on the
island of Socotra in Yemen .....
344  ..... a doozy of a dragon tree. Due
to the abusive use of its sap (dragon blood)
in traditional medicine it has almost gone
extinct. The same type can be found also
on the Canary Islands, some in Morocco
and a few on Santo Antão (picture # 554)
345  It is growing on rocky slopes
and fascinates us with its rosettes
and its shiny yellow flowers
346  The climate on the north coast is
favorable for growing produce. Here
near the village of Carvoeiros
347  The typical Christian cemetery of
‘Ribeira Brava‘ along the airport road.
The vast majority (nearly 80%) of Cape
Verdeans are Roman Catholic
348  Dry hill country dotted with acacia
trees dominate the landscape outside of
‘Ribeira Brava’ – left the road to the
airport and Preguiça, right the one to
Juncalinho; the mountain in the
background is Monte Cintinha
349  Preguiça, the sleepy fishing village
with 600 people, lies at the southeast
coast, 5 miles from the capital .....
350  ..... a round memorial pillar about the
newly discovered Brazil on the journey to
India of Portuguese Pedro Álvares Cabral
in 1500 stands at the ruins of the fort
above the harbor of Preguiça .....
351  ..... the six canons remind
of the historic importance of the
Fort of Preguiça, called also
‘Forte do Príncipe Real’
352  In the fishing village of Preguiça,
our LandCruiser is once more the
attraction. The children are interested
especially in our country ribbon
353  View from Preguiça to the rocky
eastern coastline and the barren mountains
of the eastern part of the island – an
elongated narrow spit
354  The northern part of the eastern spit
is marked by wild, barren and almost
unpopulated land. The cobblestone road
follows mostly directly the seashore
355  In the pretty village of Juncalinho on
the picturesque rocky coast of the eastern
spit live around 500 people. It is about 14
miles from the capital ‘Ribeira Brava’ .....
356  ..... the showpiece in Juncalinho
is the ‘Capela da Sagrada Família’,
built 1960 from natural stones
357  Modest, but friendly:
A house in Juncalinho
358  On our way back from Juncalinho
along the northern seashore we experience
a fascinating evening mood .....
359  ..... the mountain peaks rise
dramatically towards the sky
360  The village of ‘Morre Brás’ is
besides Juncalinho the second settlement
along the northern part of the eastern
spit. The mountain peak is named
Monte Caçador and is 1'821 ft. high
361  A ghostly, almost surreal mood hits
us at ‘Fajã de Cima’ towards Pico Agudo
and Monte Deserto
362  A sisal agave on the Cachaço
summit against the backdrop of
mountain peaks in the soft evening light
363  View from ‘Pensão Jardim’ over
the red tiled roofs of São Nicolau’s capital
‘Ribeira Brava’, situated in a basin at
650 ft. above sea level
364  “Hopefully it won’t get any
narrower!“ The winding hillside streets
of the capital lined with colorfully
painted houses are reminiscent of
the Portuguese colonial time
365  Liliana is crossing the small main
square ‘Praça Cónego Dias’ of the
capital with its ochre-colored cathedral
‘Nossa Senhora do Rósario’ .....
366  ..... the neat bright interior
of the cathedral, built in the beginning
of the 18th century
The carnival in the capital ‘Ribeira Brava’ is ranked as the second best on Cape Verde after Mindelo on the island of São Vicente.
The carnival of Cape Verde (Ribeira Brava) is our third carnival experience on our worldtrip
besides Guyana (Georgetown - February 2003) and Grenada (St. George’s - August 2003)
367  The participants of the procession
in their glittering costumes and colorful
feathery headdress are getting in line
368  The “Queen” is wearing a
beautifully elaborated golden costume
369  A lot of pomp and sophisticated
details – nothing is too exquisite for one of
the most important celebrations of the year
370  Three beauties pose for a picture
371  A sexy lady in black and silver
372  A richly elaborated costume
made from satin, beads and feathers
373  Already in greatest carnival mood.
The Creole population is buoyant and
on carnival of an exuberant love of life
374  Also men are dressed
in elaborate costumes
375  Carnival is also the time for
an own remembrance snap
The carnival of the capital ‘Ribeira Brava’ is unique in the way that at the end all of the floats and groups end up at the small
‘Praça Cónego Dias’ which makes it more ‘intimate’. Spectators mix with the groups and get caught up by the swinging hips
and the hot rhythms of drums. In between beautiful fireworks light up the night sky
379  On the small mountain road to the
remote settlement of Hortelão rises the
4’304 ft. high ridge of ‘Monte Gordo’,
the island's highest peak
380  In the barren stony landscape
shiny red flowers are a special feast
for the eye
381  Close to the turn off at Cabeçalinho
to Hortelão a farmhouse nestles at a
valley basin
382  The side trip to Hortelão is just
how we like it: Wild and lonely
383  People are still living in the remotest
corners, in the harshest regions, like here
near Hortelão. The archipelago of Cape
Verde lies at the same latitude as the
Sahelian zone and suffers from extreme
drought. Only the cities of Praia and
Mindelo have desalination plants
384  It still exists – traditional farmhouses
of natural stones with thatched roofs
(‘Palhal de Cima’ in the Hortelão valley)
385  Terrace cultivation in the Hortelão
valley like in Yemen. The endurance of
the Cape Verdeans to get some produce
to grow in this arid area is admirable
386  Life in the remoteness of the Hortelão
valley. The preservation of traditions,
especially the music, helps people to
accept their often difficult way of life
387  A woman is on her way back
home with her donkey. She has
collected some greens on the
slopes of Monte Gordo
Also in desolate and barren corners of the island flowers are sprouting:
388  Shrub verbena (on Cape Verde:
Freira) (Lantana camara)
389  Blue delicate ‘goblet like blossoms’?
390  A type of acacia
(probably Acacia melanoxylon)
391  Low sailing clouds over barren
hills and the Atlantic Ocean – view
towards the East. In the foreground
the main road from Tarrafal to
‘Ribeira Brava’
392  From left to right the islands:
Ilhéu Raso (2.7sq.mi./538ft./uninhabited),
Ilhéu Branco (0.1sq.mi./1’073ft./uninhab.),
São Vicente (87.8sq.mi./2’379ft.),
Santa Luzia (13.5sq.mi./1’296ft./uninhab.),
behind it Santo Antão (301sq.mi./6’493ft.);
in the foreground Tarrafal
393  The setting sun is putting the sky
into flames at the Bay of Tarrafal
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
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