A dirty but interesting city

Maputo Travel Blog

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City Hall
A day exploring the bustling capital on foot.  We were back to Cape Town standards of personal safety, so our money was split and hidden in all sorts of places - we even considered putting some in our socks but thought this was going a bit too far.  First stop was the botanical gardens.  Now consider some of the fabulous BG's we have seen during our trip.  These, however, contained scrubby looking grass, a few trees, and not many plants.  In dire need of Alan Titchmarsh.  We continued along the 'Praca de Independencia' to view the plaza containing the grand, colonial 'Conselho Municipal' (City Hall) and the 'Cathedral de Nossa Senhora de Conceicao' with its tall white spire.  Walking towards the waterfront down 'Av Samora Machel,' we stopped at Cafe Continental to watch the city go by and practice our limited Portugese - virtually everyone speaks it, so while we are rapidly learning important phrases, Peter Kaye type hand signals are coming in very useful.

Next stop on the grand tour was the train station - you may not be thinking that the standard of sights is very high in Maputo if we are resorting to train stations - but it's actually a lovely building to have a look at, partly designed by Mr. Eiffel (as in the tower).  Bumped into Wendy (who we met at St. Lucia, and travelled with from Swaziland) in the Central Market, and all went for some lunch together.  Then it was off to the 'Museu Nacional de Arte'  which had an excellent collection of paintings and sculptures by prominent Mozambican artists.

This evening, we decided to head out to a new restaurant at the waterfront recommended by the hostel owner, Wendy coming along too.  It was called Zambi's and was quite a modern, upmarket looking place, with a good menu.  We all had dfferent salads and a glass of wine, before getting a taxi back and another Portugese lesson from the driver.

We have really enjoyed our day in Maputo, but don't think we would want to spend too long here.  There is a certain charm to it, but there is more rubbish here than any Asian city we have been in - parts of it are extremely dirty and smelly. 
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City Hall
City Hall
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