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The sea at Stella Maris, Maio, Cape Verde

The sea at Stella Maris on Maio island

This is the view from Stella Maris, on the island of Maio. The picture was taken during a couple of days of rough seas. The views from Stella Maris are lovely, either looking west over the Atlantic towards the island of Santiago, or looking east along the coast of the island, as in this picture.

China Capital Airlines

Flight connections between Cape Verde and China?

Cape Verde and China have been in discussions about the possibility of an air transport agreement between the two countries. If such an agreement is formulated it will allow both TACV and China’s Capital Airlines to fly between the two countries.

Luís Filipe Tavares, Foreign Affairs minister has stated that this agreement could be completed by the middle of 2018.

This latest potential agreement between the two counties is just one of several other areas of cooperation, such as defence and port security.

Guinness world record for cachupa

Guinness World Record achievement

Cape Verde chefs recently achieved a Guinness World Record by preparing a large pot of Cachupa. Cachupa is the traditional Cape Verde stew.

The Prime Minister of Cape Verde, Ulisses Correia e Silva was present at the Badja ku Sol festival when the group of chefs made the 14,021 lb (6360kg) pot of stew. The event took place in Praia. The Prime Minister hoped that it would help to promote Cape Verdean food.

In order to make this vast quantity, the chefs used 600kg of corn, 100kg of chicken and 300kg of pork, together with beans and vegetables. The finished product was sampled by more than 30,000 people, each having a small bowl.

Adjudicators were on hand to confirm that the record had been broken.

Boats on the beach, Maio, Cape Verde

Photo of the week – Boats on the beach on Maio

The main beach (Bitxe Rotxa) in Vila do Maio is a lovely place to enjoy the sun and sea, with bars on the beach where you can eat and drink. The colourful boats are evidence of one of the main trades, namely fishing. Fresh fish can be purchased every day.

Stair case in Vila do Maio

Photo of the week – pretty staircase in Vila do Maio

This attractive staircase is worth stopping to admire. Many houses do not have gardens and this person has made the most of the external space that they have.

Hibiscus on island of Maio

Movie of the Moment – Why Cape Verde?

Why cape verde

Movie of the moment – Why Cape Verde?