Praia de Peixe

This is some of the wonderful decor on the walls of the beach resort Praia de Peixe, on the island of Macaneta, 40 km north of Maputo, Mozambique. I had breakfast there on Sunday with some new friends.

Sheila would have loved this display. She was a keen mosaic-er and was skilled at putting together displays like this, using driftwood, bits of old oar, shells and ceramics.

I was staying in Patricia’s beach house, made out of planks of hardwood. There was no mains electricity, but a generator provided some light in the evening for a few hours. Cold showers must be endured if you have to wash the Indian Ocean off your body.

It was fifteen minutes trek through the dunes and scrub forest to get to the beach. Miles and miles of beach. A few fishing boats, and lots of sand. BEACH.

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.


  1. You certainly get around Ian. I have just had a quick look at the place but will have to go back later . .Weather here as been interesting,really hot with a tropical storm, a house near Les was struck with lightning and took fire .Kathryn had both cars damaged by hailstones as big as golf balls. Nothing else to report,we are ok and the girls have been in touch. Dad

  2. I was looking forward to a blog that in some ways touched upon the differences between a former Portuguese and a former British colony. The mosaics are one aspect of that. I love the other art as well. Thanks

    1. I was only there for the weekend Judy. Swaziland is a peaceful tiny backwater and an absolute monarchy. It is a low-moderate income country.

      Mozambique had years of violent struggle for independence, was a Marxist state and is huge. It ranks 185/187 in a development index. Maputo is a sprawling city, with luxury next to extreme poverty, concrete high rises next to crumbling ex colonial mansions.

      The Portuguese were here for the long term; Swaziland was always a sideshow for the Brits.

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