Mindelo 013It’s there.  Probably the best, and only reason, for stopping at Cape Verde, an island country of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean.

The islands were uninhabited until colonized by Portugal. “Ideally located for the Atlantic slave trade, the islands grew prosperous throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, attracting merchants, privateers, and pirates. The end of slavery in the 19th century led to economic decline and emigration, although Cape Verde gradually recovered as an important commercial center and stopover for shipping routes. Incorporated as an overseas department of Portugal in 1951, the islands continued to agitate for Mindelo 105independence, which was peacefully achieved in 1975″  [Wikipedia]

Interesting historically, yes, but there isn’t much to do here, some wild and strangely beautiful mountains, but they did have water and were an ideal stopping place for ships, and they are used today to throw in another port that breaks up the long, arduous journey cruise ship guests might otherwise endure crossing the Atlantic.

There are some Switzerland-like climbs up the mountains, ragged shorelines, and for me the chance to get one of the guests to take my favorite picture of myself.

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