Strolling Through Mindelo, Cape Verde

Mindelo is a port city on the northern part of the island of Sao Vicente in Cape Verde. The city is home to 93% of the island’s population and is known for its colorful and animated carnival celebrations. 

The British formed a colony here in the nineteenth century and used it as a coal station at the height of the steam ship era, but this declined after 1900 causing unemployment and poverty. Now the population makes its living by fishing and the tourist trade.

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 Mindelo retains the influences of the past, from its Portuguese architecture to the British afternoon tea. The winding cobblestone streets and open-air cafes call to mind Portugal, but there is a distinct African feel to the pace of life here.

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Governor’s Palace

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Portuguese decorative tiles 

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We visited the National Artisan and Design Museum that showcases local crafts and tapestries. Three of the craftsmen were demonstrating their hand weaving projects during the time we visited the workroom whose walls were decorated with finished tapestries as well as samples of hand made batiks for us to admire. 

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 After walking around the downtown area we headed out of town and up the Mount Verde for scenic view of the island. Unfortunately the island received very little rain this year and instead of being green and luxurious, it was mostly brown and tan with evidence of serious erosion from a lack of vegetation when it did rain.        

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The Kids

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One Response to “Strolling Through Mindelo, Cape Verde”

  1. rozzellmaryann@aol.com December 7, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I don’t think I have ever seen so many fish! They must be very healthy with fish & veggies as their diet. I have loved all the pictures of the children. Carolyn, today is Matthew’s 17th birthday. Can you believe it! He is such a nice young man & very handsome too:) Mary Ann

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