Cape Verde Journals

Were on our Way to Cape Verde

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A February 2008 trip to Cape Verde by MichaelJM

Hotel Dunas de Sal Photo, Cape Verde, Africa More Photos
Quote: This was the first time we'd been to the island and surprisngly travel agents seem to know very little about the place

Holiday Inn Gatwick Airport

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn"

Holiday Inn Gatwick Airport Photo, Horley, England
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The Holiday Inn although off the main airport grounds is only a five-minute drive to the South Terminal (another five/ten minutes to the North Terminal. We’d booked two; one night stays (one at each end of the holiday) with car parking in between. Being able to park your car at your hotel for fifteen days is a bonus at Gatwick and having hot to reception we were advised that the care would be moved to a more secure site but would be back at the hotel by the time we returned. That seemed fine by us and we just needed to remember to leave our car keys with reception when we checked out the next morning.I’m sure you’ll know this but it’s worth reiterating we always take a second key ring so ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 6, 2008

Holiday Inn Gatwick Airport
Povey Cross Road
Horley, Gatwick, UK RH6 0BA
44-0871-942 9030

Hotel Dunas de Sal

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Hotel Dunas de Sal Photo, Cape Verde, Africa
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Our hotel was around thirty minutes transfer from the airport and a mere five minutes (if that) drive down a bumpy cobbled road on the west side of the main town of Santa Maria. We’d chosen the hotel on two counts; firstly it was small; forty bedrooms, and secondly we were told that Thomson would not book anyone under the age of eighteen into the hotel.All rooms over looked a garden area with the swimming pool as the predominant feature. There are only two floors and three sides to the hotel accommodation whilst the forth side of the square is a covered walk way broken up with white hanging canvas bordering the pool in a lush grassy area in which is planted a number of palm trees offering ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2008

Holiday Inn

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Restaurant

Holiday Inn Restaurant Photo, Horley, England
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The ground floor restaurant at the Holiday Inn looks enticing enough and they sport a good menu in a light bright room with fresh flowers on each table. We were politely welcomed and shown to a table for two and promptly the menu and drinks list was brought to the table.The waiter rattles off the meals of the day (not shown on the menu) and then told me which draught beers were ‘on tap’. I understood hardly a word and momentarily thought that I must have been transported through time into another country.I consulted with my other half who had the same mystified look on her face as must have been on mine. We decided that we’d stick with the menu and I’d have another ‘go at the wa...Read More

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First night on the island

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Local fauna Photo, Cape Verde, Africa
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We landed exactly on time at this small but not quite primitive airport on the barren island of Sal (being Portuguese for salt). There were several gasps of concern from a group of seemingly ‘flight virgins’ behind us as we suffered a fairly noisy albeit comfortable landing. The steps were efficiently brought to the rear and front of the plane and disembarkation was quick. It was around 3pm and we’d travelled form a cold and miserable Britain to a pleasantly warm Cape Verde island. Indeed the heat hit is as we got off the plans and I was soon unzipping the bottom half of my trousers to convert them to serviceable shorts. (I’d had these made during a holiday in India and they have proved...Read More

Advice Seemed Hard to Come By!

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Hotel Dunas de Sal Photo, Cape Verde, Africa
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Cape Verde was a place we’d looked at in the brochures as a potential holiday, but for the past couple of years it had been relegated to second choice. Our plans for Peru had been put on hold and the Kenya safari holiday was no longer in the equation due to the civil disturbance in that country. I’d been working almost full time for a couple of months (a shock to the system after retirement and then a gentle two days a week consultancy) and so we opted for the Cape Verde Islands.You need a visa to enter the islands but fortunately that seemed fairly easy to sort with the travel agents (I managed to get a better deal with my local travel agents than I could secure on the internet) making an...Read More