30 April 2012

Cape Verde Islands

I  have just returned from the Cape Verde Islands which are about to become the next big thing. Life here has in places not changed in centuries and much of the traditional use of cane production still survives from small local farms.
The cane is used for rush mats, roofing materials, firewood and producing the traditionl rum based drink grogue in traditional family distilleries as above above.
Fortunately cruise ships can't get to the smaller islands as their draft is to large but expedition cruise ships with their zodiacs and small passenger numbers are discovering the islands and hopefully will add extra income without damaging their lives. These companies I am glad to say also have an ethical outlook on the local population, wildlife  and landscape.

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