Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde

The Miracle of São Vicente


End of another day
Sun sets behind Monte Cara and orange the Porto Grande Bay and its marina.
miraculous city
The houses of Mindelo arranged around the Bay of Porto Grande, with Monte Cara in the background.
Fleeting Shadow
Motorbike parked in the shadow of a decaying indigo building.
behind the goal
Customer in a bar in Mindelo with football decor.
Benfica Courts
Barbers from the Benfica barbershop (Av. Marginal) in full action.
in good company
Building of the old company Figueira e Cia, Lda, one of the most emblematic on Av. Marginal.
the discoverer
Statue of the discoverer Diogo Afonso above the sand and Av. Marginal.
The Marginal
Marginal do Mindelo closed by one of the ocher peaks that surround the city.
The People's Palace
Cyclists pass in front of the People's Palace, former Governor's Palace.
Shadows & Colors
Passenger passes by a peculiar building in the historic area of ​​Mindelo.
bathing sunset
Prainha lifeguards pack a board with the sun almost falling behind Monte Cara
Street vendors
Mindelenses improvise a sale on a worn street in the city.
São Vicente has always been arid and inhospitable to match. The challenging colonization of the island subjected the settlers to successive hardships. Until, finally, its providential deep-water bay enabled Mindelo, the most cosmopolitan city and the cultural capital of Cape Verde.

The rounded extension of Mindelo, with its pastel and prolific houses wanting to swallow at once the cove that served as its mold, only complicated the mission of finding a privileged point of observation.

We had been told about two, as would be expected, both situated on the slope that squeezes the city, especially to the east.

Two or three requests for directions later, still kind of lost on a second or third line in the João d'Évora neighborhood, explain the beginning of the trail to Monte Alto that we were looking for, we hoped the way to one of the blessed views of the island.

So it was confirmed.

The Panorama of Glorious Mindelo, from the top of Monte Alto

Already at the summit, we can see how its 126 meters and the slope of the hill had transformed it into a strange geological island, a proud resistant ocher surrounded by homes and establishments that, over time, Cape Verdean and foreign peoples made the expansion of the Mindelo.

Downwards, concentric towards the north end of the bay, we could see the most solid buildings in the city, without great logic or architectural corsets.

City of Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde

The houses of Mindelo arranged around the Bay of Porto Grande, with Monte Cara in the background.

Some, one-story villas, or little more. Others, buildings with their four or even five floors. All of them in pastel tones, all embedded in the foothills that, from there, ascend smoothly for 8 km, at 750 m from Monte Verde, the windy zenith of São Vicente.

Once sure of itself, Mindelo was no longer satisfied with the more welcoming and beneficial surroundings of Porto Grande. We enjoyed the panorama in other directions and even behind the hill that supported us.

The houses stretched out right there, in a sea of ​​cement in blocks that, the further away from the sea, the grayer it became, without the splashes of white and other colors typical of the urban core.

Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde, Shadows and colors

Passenger passes by a peculiar building in the historic area of ​​Mindelo.

From that top, we could see the pleasure boats, in the marina, a few ferries.

And some freighters painted the navy blue of the Atlantic, points of stop that highlighted the opposite and rugged grandeur of Monte Cara (490m), further to the sandy and dry west of Lazareto, Monte Sossego, also bordering areas that, except for a few exceptions, Mindelo is yet to be occupied.

We put an end to the elevated contemplation that entertained us. We returned to the base of Monte Alto, to the car and to the Avenida Marginal from which we had started.

The Seaside that Unites Mindelenses to Mindelo

We find the complementary pier of the Pont d'Água again in its leafy oasis of Bohemian Chick. As soon as we cross the road to Praça Dom Luís, we return to secular Mindelo, resplendent with history, life and morabeza that most enchants those who visit it.

Rua Libertad d'África takes us to the elegance and importance of the former Governor's Palace, today, in times of Democracy committed to proving itself exemplary, called the People's Palace.

Pink and white, the mansion appears, to anyone who passes by, like a scene from Alice in Wonderland, fallen, undamaged, from the blue sky above.

Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde, People's Palace

Cyclists pass in front of the People's Palace, former Governor's Palace.

They pass by him, passersby engrossed in their chores. Pedestrians in defensive mode in the face of passing traffic.

Drivers, avoiding the shallow mini-roundabout, made of listed flower beds, that the authorities remembered to install there.

Art, also in the form of installations, abounds in the People's Palace.

Overcoming, since 1975, the housing logic of colonial governors, in addition to beautifying the mansion, Mindelo dedicated it to the already prolific artistic expression in the city, a unique case of creativity in the archipelago, a serious case in the, wider, Macaronesia.

Mindelo and its Inescapable Artistic Aptitude

We wander south on the urban grid. We passed the city hall of island of São Vicente.

We find ourselves in Pracinha da Igreja, facing the church of Nª Srª da Luz, the navel of Mindelo, around which its pioneer houses and streets prostrate, starting with Rua da Luz that we were walking.

In the absence of premeditated and signed art, Mindelo reveals, right next door, a casual version that leaves us surrendered.

Set back from the temple's façade, an old building that used to be a pale blue equal to the sky, peeled away under the relentless dryness of São Vicente.

In front of its own facade, a stray acacia rose just above the ground floor.

Determined to prevent the motorcycle's paintwork from ending up like the building's, a resident kept it in the fleeting shade of the tree.

Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde, Acacia shade

Motorbike parked in the shadow of a decaying indigo building.

Summer heat, lack of water and shade, difficulty in sowing and harvesting, as well as raising animals were the main obstacles faced by pioneer settlers.

Others would emerge.

According to the royal charter of D. Afonso V, it was Diogo Afonso, squire of Infante D. Fernando, who discovered São Vicente, as well as the Brava, São Nicolau, Saint Vincent, Santo Antão and two other islets, Branco and Raso.

For this feat of 1462, the navigator also keeps a bronze statue above the waterfront.

Among the fishermen's boats and the one that, when the sea beach enters in full, the Atlantic reaches almost to the feet, paying it due allegiance.

Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde, statue of Diogo Afonso

Statue of the discoverer Diogo Afonso above the sand and Av. Marginal.

The Busy Life of Avenida Marginal

The middle of the avenue is marked by large palm trees. We see its graceful shadows projected on the multicolored facades that enclose it, houses of the most distinguished established and itinerant businesses.

Here and there, the almost umbilical relationship between Cape Verde and Portugal it jumps into view.

Nearby, the replica of the Belém Tower. It was inaugurated in 2010 with the presence of the then President Cavaco Silva, visiting Cape Verde, to celebrate the 550 years that have passed since the arrival of Portuguese navigators.

In a picturesque barbershop, the national flag coexists with an array of Benfica calendars, emblems and photographs.

Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde, barbershop

Barbers from the Benfica barbershop (Av. Marginal) in full action.

There are several Grandioso players, their rivals and called up to the Portuguese national team, born in Cape Verde or children of Cape Verdean parents who maintain dual nationality.

One of the many times we walked along Av. On the sidelines, we cross paths with Vânia and Riseli, young fruit and vegetable sellers.

Conversation leads to conversation, we enter a non-sports perspective on the subject of fatherhood. His resigned confession leaves us astonished: “here in Cape Verde, a man is only good for making children.

Afterwards, he even avoids going through us so we don’t demand anything.” "Then you're just left with the fun part, how can that be?" we retort.

"That's right. This, over here, has nothing to do with Portugal! I have a son. Only me and my parents take care of him. She already has two, it's the same thing…”

Some Mindelenses fans of the cards, lean against the bronze of Diogo Afonso, in the interval of the games played under four sheds.

The Long Historical Gap between Discovery and Settlement

Today, Mindelenses number more than seventy thousand. They are entitled to these intense playful breaks, animated by the discussions around the football events of the former metropolis.

In the many decades that followed Diogo Afonso's discovery, the rare settlement attempts failed, some more damaging than others.

The pirates and corsairs, these, got used to using the Porto Grande Bay as a lair for their attacks on the ships of the colonizing powers.

The central position of São Vicente, as a providential stepping stone in navigation to South America, also led to the Dutch regrouping their fleet there in 1624, with the aim of taking the Bay of All Saints from the Portuguese ( Salvador) and, from there, what they could get from Brazil.

Only a century and a half later, already saturated with so much and continued abuse of the archipelago (especially by pirates) did the Portuguese authorities dictate that São Vicente would have to be populated.

Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde, Marginal

Marginal do Mindelo closed by one of the ocher peaks that surround the city.

Finally, the Settlement that Urged

Almost another fifteen years passed. There the first unfortunates finally disembarked: twenty colonists served by fifty slaves who Santiago's Old Town had long trafficked, taken from Fire Island.

The captain-major of São Vicente, a wealthy Tavira native, made them settle in a few huts and tents, in the place of the current square of the Nª Srª da Luz Church, at that time, the village of Nª Srª da Luz.

In 1819, there were still less than 120 inhabitants of the island.

Faith in the potential of Porto Grande, the new governor recruited another fifty-six families, at the time, from the much more fertile island of Santo Antão.

A dreamer, easily impressed by pomp, António Pusich decided to pay homage to the Empress of Austria. He renamed the village Leopoldina.

São Vicente, did not yet have water to ensure the survival of its people, let alone sophistication.

Or even the diversity of vegetables, fruits and other goods of the land that now fill the municipal market, the fish market, the vegetable market and the street furniture, which extend around the clothing and handicrafts predominant. at Star Square.

Two more years later, most of the 295 residents who encouraged Leopoldina's Pusichian dream had already left.

The Entrance to the Scene of the British and Coal

The colonization of São Vicente only gained traction again when the English arrived, determined to extract and sell the hitherto ignored coal from the island to steam ships, a business boosted by the various English shipping companies that roamed the Atlantic.

Coal quickly proved to be the civilizational fuel of São Vicente, as the salt turned out to be that of the island of Sal.

With slavery abolished and the city increasingly open to progress and the world, an outbreak of yellow fever reduced the city's inhabitants once again. From 1400 to half.

During the 30s of the 40th century, the sudden decline in the sale of coal and the mooring of boats in Porto Grande, aggravated by the droughts and famine of the XNUMXs, led to many deaths, an intense diaspora and the new decadence of the city.

Life on the other islands, however, proved to be as precarious or more precarious.

The belief that Porto Grande was home to inexhaustible jobs instigated the migration to Mindelo. There they continue to abound.

The sun wraps itself around the peak of Monte Cara. Laginha beach is also getting ready for the night.

Eliseu Santos, sculptural lifeguard, firefighter, security guard and physical education teacher descends from the observation tower and picks up a board from the water's edge.

At this hour, he and the colleague who helps him become silhouettes in motion against the silvery bay.

Soon, a group gives music to the street of Libertad d'Africa, on a stage set up with its back to the People's Palace.

Mindelo indulges once and for all in its delicious hedonic mode.

Cesária Évora, Queen of Morna, Mindelo's most famous daughter

Mindelo saw the birth and death, in 2011, of its Queen of Morna, Cesária Évora.

And it doesn't take long for hits from the "barefoot diva" to sound, starting with the “Longing” from San Niclau, all of them coming from Casa da Morna, right next to the emblematic building of Figueira & Cia, Lda.

Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde, Figueira and Cia

Building of the old company Figueira e Cia, Lda, one of the most emblematic on Av. Marginal.

The Decisive Contribution of Migration and Emigration

The fact that, at a certain point, Mindelo had the only high school in the Barlavento made the most of the archipelago's intellectuals, including Amílcar Cabral, concentrate there. Its presence was at the origin of the emerging Cape Verdean national consciousness.

From 1968 onwards, the funds sent by emigrants from the diaspora, especially in Europe and the USA, greatly improved Cape Verdean life.

Six years later, the 25th of April Revolution opened the doors to independence and the return to the city of many cadres and politicians who previously lived in emigrants or in other former Portuguese colonies.

Mindelo reorganized itself politically and economically. Around Porto Grande, of course.

The Portuguese, English, North American and European cultural legacy sent there by successive generations of the Cape Verdean diaspora generated an energetic, creative and shining capital of São Vicente, who knows, if the Atlantic warehouse that Governor António Pusich dared to to fantasize.

Mindelo is, nowadays, the second city of the archipelago, the most dynamic and traveled.

And, if we consider the desolation baked by the sun and blown by the Alísios that Diogo Afonso encountered, a luxury like no other in Cape Verde.

Prainha lifeguards pack a board with the sun almost falling behind Monte Cara

São Vicente, Cape Verde

The Volcanic Arid Wonder of Soncente

A return to São Vicente reveals an aridity as dazzling as it is inhospitable. Those who visit it are surprised by the grandeur and geological eccentricity of the fourth smallest island in Cape Verde.
São Nicolau, Cape Verde

Photography of Nha Terra São Nicolau

The voice of the late Cesária Verde crystallized the feeling of Cape Verdeans who were forced to leave their island. who visits São Nicolau or, wherever it may be, admires images that illustrate it well, understands why its people proudly and forever call it their land.
Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde

Boa Vista Island: Atlantic waves, Dunas do Sara

Boa Vista is not only the Cape Verdean island closest to the African coast and its vast desert. After a few hours of discovery, it convinces us that it is a piece of the Sahara adrift in the North Atlantic.
Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cape Verde

Santa Maria and the Atlantic Blessing of Sal

Santa Maria was founded in the first half of the XNUMXth century, as a salt export warehouse. Today, thanks to the providence of Santa Maria, Sal Ilha is worth much more than the raw material.
Santo Antão, Cape Verde

Up and Down the Estrada da Corda

Santo Antão is the westernmost of the Cape Verde Islands. There lies an Atlantic and rugged threshold of Africa, a majestic insular domain that we begin by unraveling from one end to the other of its dazzling Estrada da Corda.
Fogo Island, Cape Verde

Around the Fogo Island

Time and the laws of geomorphology dictated that the volcano-island of Fogo rounded off like no other in Cape Verde. Discovering this exuberant Macaronesian archipelago, we circled around it against the clock. We are dazzled in the same direction.
São Nicolau, Cape Verde

São Nicolau: Pilgrimage to Terra di Sodade

Forced matches like those that inspired the famous morna “soda” made the pain of having to leave the islands of Cape Verde very strong. Discovering saninclau, between enchantment and wonder, we pursue the genesis of song and melancholy.
Chã das Caldeiras a Mosteiros, Fogo Island, Cape Verde

Chã das Caldeiras to Mosteiros: descent through the Ends of Fogo

With the Cape Verde summit conquered, we sleep and recover in Chã das Caldeiras, in communion with some of the lives at the mercy of the volcano. The next morning, we started the return to the capital São Filipe, 11 km down the road to Mosteiros.
Brava, Cape Verde

Cape Verde Brave Island

During colonization, the Portuguese came across a moist and lush island, something rare in Cape Verde. Brava, the smallest of the inhabited islands and one of the least visited of the archipelago, preserves the authenticity of its somewhat elusive Atlantic and volcanic nature.
Santiago, Cape Verde

Santiago from bottom to top

Landed in the Cape Verdean capital of Praia, we explore its pioneer predecessor city. From Cidade Velha, we follow the stunning mountainous ridge of Santiago to the unobstructed top of Tarrafal.
Santo Antão, Cape Verde

Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande the Seaside Way

Once settled in Porto Novo, Santo Antão, we soon notice two routes to the second largest village on the island. Once surrendered to the monumental up-and-down of Estrada da Corda, the volcanic and Atlantic drama of the coastal alternative dazzles us.
Ponta do Sol a Fontainhas, Santo Antão, Cape Verde

A Vertiginous Journey from Ponta do Sol

We reach the northern tip of Santo Antão and Cape Verde. On a new afternoon of radiant light, we follow the Atlantic bustle of the fishermen and the less coastal day-to-day life of Ponta do Sol. With sunset imminent, we inaugurate a gloomy and intimidating quest of the village of Fontainhas.
Chã das Caldeiras, Fogo Island Cape Verde

A "French" Clan at the Mercy of Fire

In 1870, a Count born in Grenoble on his way to Brazilian exile, made a stopover in Cape Verde where native beauties tied him to the island of Fogo. Two of his children settled in the middle of the volcano's crater and continued to raise offspring there. Not even the destruction caused by the recent eruptions deters the prolific Montrond from the “county” they founded in Chã das Caldeiras.    
Cidade Velha, Cape Verde

Cidade Velha: the Ancient of the Tropico-Colonial Cities

It was the first settlement founded by Europeans below the Tropic of Cancer. In crucial times for Portuguese expansion to Africa and South America and for the slave trade that accompanied it, Cidade Velha became a poignant but unavoidable legacy of Cape Verdean origins.

island of salt, Cape Verde

The Salt of the Island of Sal

At the approach of the XNUMXth century, Sal remained lacking in drinking water and practically uninhabited. Until the extraction and export of the abundant salt there encouraged a progressive population. Today, salt and salt pans add another flavor to the most visited island in Cape Verde.
Nova Sintra, Brava, Cape Verde

A Creole Sintra, instead of Saloia

When Portuguese settlers discovered the island of Brava, they noticed its climate, much wetter than most of Cape Verde. Determined to maintain connections with the distant metropolis, they called the main town Nova Sintra.
Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde

The Tarrafal of Freedom and Slow Life

The village of Tarrafal delimits a privileged corner of the island of Santiago, with its few white sand beaches. Those who are enchanted there find it even more difficult to understand the colonial atrocity of the neighboring prison camp.
Ribeira Grande, Santo AntãoCape Verde

Santo Antão, Up the Ribeira Grande

Originally a tiny village, Ribeira Grande followed the course of its history. It became the village, later the city. It has become an eccentric and unavoidable junction on the island of Santo Antão.
hippopotami, chobe national park, botswana
safari
Chobe NP, Botswana

Chobe: A River on the Border of Life with Death

Chobe marks the divide between Botswana and three of its neighboring countries, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. But its capricious bed has a far more crucial function than this political delimitation.
Hikers on the Ice Lake Trail, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 7th - Braga - Ice Lake, Nepal

Annapurna Circuit – The Painful Acclimatization of the Ice Lake

On the way up to the Ghyaru village, we had a first and unexpected show of how ecstatic the Annapurna Circuit can be tasted. Nine kilometers later, in Braga, due to the need to acclimatize, we climbed from 3.470m from Braga to 4.600m from Lake Kicho Tal. We only felt some expected tiredness and the increase in the wonder of the Annapurna Mountains.
shadow vs light
Architecture & Design
Kyoto, Japan

The Kyoto Temple Reborn from the Ashes

The Golden Pavilion has been spared destruction several times throughout history, including that of US-dropped bombs, but it did not withstand the mental disturbance of Hayashi Yoken. When we admired him, he looked like never before.
Bungee jumping, Queenstown, New Zealand
Adventure
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, the Queen of Extreme Sports

In the century. XVIII, the Kiwi government proclaimed a mining village on the South Island "fit for a queen".Today's extreme scenery and activities reinforce the majestic status of ever-challenging Queenstown.
Miyajima Island, Shinto and Buddhism, Japan, Gateway to a Holy Island
Ceremonies and Festivities
Miyajima, Japan

Shintoism and Buddhism with the Tide

Visitors to the Tori of Itsukushima admire one of the three most revered scenery in Japan. On the island of Miyajima, Japanese religiosity blends with Nature and is renewed with the flow of the Seto Inland Sea.
Lawless City, Transit of Hanoi, Under the Order of Chaos, Vietnam
Cities
Hanoi, Vietnam

Under the Order of Chaos

Hanoi has long ignored scant traffic lights, other traffic signs and decorative traffic lights. It lives in its own rhythm and in an order of chaos unattainable by the West.
Cocoa, Chocolate, Sao Tome Principe, Agua Izé farm
Meal
São Tomé and Principe

Cocoa Roças, Corallo and the Chocolate Factory

At the beginning of the century. In the XNUMXth century, São Tomé and Príncipe generated more cocoa than any other territory. Thanks to the dedication of some entrepreneurs, production survives and the two islands taste like the best chocolate.
Kente Festival Agotime, Ghana, gold
Culture
Kumasi to Kpetoe, Ghana

A Celebration-Trip of the Ghanian Fashion

After some time in the great Ghanaian capital ashanti we crossed the country to the border with Togo. The reasons for this long journey were the kente, a fabric so revered in Ghana that several tribal chiefs dedicate a sumptuous festival to it every year.
combat arbiter, cockfighting, philippines
Sport
Philippines

When Only Cock Fights Wake Up the Philippines

Banned in much of the First World, cockfighting thrives in the Philippines where they move millions of people and pesos. Despite its eternal problems, it is the sabong that most stimulates the nation.
extraterrestrial mural, Wycliffe Wells, Australia
Traveling
Wycliffe Wells, Australia

Wycliffe Wells' Unsecret Files

Locals, UFO experts and visitors have been witnessing sightings around Wycliffe Wells for decades. Here, Roswell has never been an example and every new phenomenon is communicated to the world.
Vegetables, Little India, Sari Singapore, Singapore
Ethnic
Little India, Singapore

The Sari Singapore of Little India

There are thousands of inhabitants instead of the 1.3 billion of the mother country, but Little India, a neighborhood in tiny Singapore, does not lack soul. No soul, no smell of Bollywood curry and music.
Portfolio, Got2Globe, Best Images, Photography, Images, Cleopatra, Dioscorides, Delos, Greece
Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
Got2Globe Portfolio

The Earthly and the Celestial

Puerto Rico, San Juan, walled city, panoramic
History
San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Highly Walled Puerto Rico of San Juan Bautista

San Juan is the second oldest colonial city in the Americas, after the Dominican neighbor of Santo Domingo. A pioneering emporium and stop over on the route that took gold and silver from the New World to Spain, it was attacked again and again. Its incredible fortifications still protect one of the most lively and prodigious capitals in the Caribbean.
Totems, Botko Village, Malekula, Vanuatu
Islands
Malekula, Vanuatu

Meat and Bone Cannibalism

Until the early XNUMXth century, man-eaters still feasted on the Vanuatu archipelago. In the village of Botko we find out why European settlers were so afraid of the island of Malekula.
Sampo Icebreaker, Kemi, Finland
Winter White
Kemi, Finland

It's No "Love Boat". Breaks the Ice since 1961

Built to maintain waterways through the most extreme arctic winter, the icebreaker Sampo” fulfilled its mission between Finland and Sweden for 30 years. In 1988, he reformed and dedicated himself to shorter trips that allow passengers to float in a newly opened channel in the Gulf of Bothnia, in clothes that, more than special, seem spacey.
Couple visiting Mikhaylovskoe, village where writer Alexander Pushkin had a home
Literature
Saint Petersburg e Mikhaylovkoe, Russia

The Writer Who Succumbed to His Own Plot

Alexander Pushkin is hailed by many as the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. But Pushkin also dictated an almost tragicomic epilogue to his prolific life.
Rainbow in the Grand Canyon, an example of prodigious photographic light
Nature
Natural Light (Part 1)

And Light was made on Earth. Know how to use it.

The theme of light in photography is inexhaustible. In this article, we give you some basic notions about your behavior, to start with, just and only in terms of geolocation, the time of day and the time of year.
Sheki, Autumn in the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Autumn Homes
Autumn
Sheki, Azerbaijan

autumn in the caucasus

Lost among the snowy mountains that separate Europe from Asia, Sheki is one of Azerbaijan's most iconic towns. Its largely silky history includes periods of great harshness. When we visited it, autumn pastels added color to a peculiar post-Soviet and Muslim life.
Walvis Bay, Namibia, bay, dunes
Natural Parks
Walvis Bay, Namíbia

The Outstanding Shoreline of Walvis Bay

From Namibia's largest coastal city to the edge of the Namib Desert of Sandwich Harbour, there is an unrivaled domain of ocean, dunes, fog and wildlife. Since 1790, the fruitful Walvis Bay has been its gateway.
Torres del Paine, Dramatic Patagonia, Chile
UNESCO World Heritage
PN Torres del Paine, Chile

The Most Dramatic Patagonia

Nowhere is the southernmost reaches of South America so breathtaking as the Paine Mountains. There, a natural fort of granite colossi surrounded by lakes and glaciers protrudes from the pampa and submits to the whims of meteorology and light.
Era Susi towed by dog, Oulanka, Finland
Characters
PN Oulanka, Finland

A Slightly Lonesome Wolf

Jukka “Era-Susi” Nordman has created one of the largest packs of sled dogs in the world. He became one of Finland's most iconic characters but remains faithful to his nickname: Wilderness Wolf.
Bather rescue in Boucan Canot, Reunion Island
Beaches
Reunion Island

The Bathing Melodrama of Reunion

Not all tropical coastlines are pleasurable and refreshing retreats. Beaten by violent surf, undermined by treacherous currents and, worse, the scene of the most frequent shark attacks on the face of the Earth, that of the Reunion Island he fails to grant his bathers the peace and delight they crave from him.
self-flagellation, passion of christ, philippines
Religion
Marinduque, Philippines

The Philippine Passion of Christ

No nation around is Catholic but many Filipinos are not intimidated. In Holy Week, they surrender to the belief inherited from the Spanish colonists. Self-flagellation becomes a bloody test of faith
Chepe Express, Chihuahua Al Pacifico Railway
On Rails
Creel to Los Mochis, Mexico

The Barrancas del Cobre & the CHEPE Iron Horse

The Sierra Madre Occidental's relief turned the dream into a construction nightmare that lasted six decades. In 1961, at last, the prodigious Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad was opened. Its 643km cross some of the most dramatic scenery in Mexico.
patpong, go go bar, bangkok, one thousand and one nights, thailand
Society
Bangkok, Thailand

One Thousand and One Lost Nights

In 1984, Murray Head sang the nighttime magic and bipolarity of the Thai capital in "One night in bangkok". Several years, coups d'etat, and demonstrations later, Bangkok remains sleepless.
Busy intersection of Tokyo, Japan
Daily life
Tokyo, Japan

The Endless Night of the Rising Sun Capital

Say that Tokyo do not sleep is an understatement. In one of the largest and most sophisticated cities on the face of the Earth, twilight marks only the renewal of the frenetic daily life. And there are millions of souls that either find no place in the sun, or make more sense in the “dark” and obscure turns that follow.
Etosha National Park Namibia, rain
Wildlife
PN Etosha, Namíbia

The Lush Life of White Namibia

A vast salt flat rips through the north of Namibia. The Etosha National Park that surrounds it proves to be an arid but providential habitat for countless African wild species.
Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii Wrinkles
Scenic Flights
napali coast, Hawaii

Hawaii's Dazzling Wrinkles

Kauai is the greenest and rainiest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is also the oldest. As we explore its Napalo Coast by land, sea and air, we are amazed to see how the passage of millennia has only favored it.