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Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife May 6th 2014

We are at home in Tenerife so would not normally write a blog for our day, but have had such a good day today we thought it was worthy of sharing our experience. Periodically, the Spanish community in our little village organise various social events. The themes are always very varied. This morning we are going on a visit / guided tour to P.I.R.S in Arico. This stands for Planta Industrial de Residuos Sólidos (Industrial solid waste plant). This is the large centre for recycling and waste processing centre for most of Tenerife. This tour is organised by the local community within Abades where we live. All the others on the tour were Spanish and German, so we fully appreciate that we will not understand everything that is said. We are committed recyclers so are sure ... read more
Lunch menu board
Lunch venue outdoor seating
After lunch entertainment

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife February 27th 2014

Our Travel Blog is on the go again for this large trip. Welcome back to all our readers and our new members and friends. We are off on our travels again, and have decided to restart population of our Travel Blog again. We are going in search of more sun, sea and relaxation after nine months of intensive DIY work at the Villa. We now have just one large bedroom left to complete. We are currently designing what we need and plan to commence this in early May. It will be looking very nice by June. For those that have helped us design this, and will be working on this project, thank you. 15/3/2014 - We have been without a good Internet connection so there has been a delay in publishing this. We have various photographs ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife February 6th 2014

Erik en ik werden vorig jaar uitgenodigd door Dieter en Jerina om mee op avontuur te gaan, zowel naar Tenerife als naar Gran Canaria. Ahwel hier volgen onze avonturen van Tenerife. Gran Canaria volgt later. Samen met Dieter en Jerina gingen ook Kris, An, Dennis, Sepp en Kristof mee. We waren dus zeker met een gemengd gezelschap. De doelen waren eveneens een beetje verschillend: boulderen of lengteklimmen, eventueel trad-klimmen. Maar eigenlijk vormde dat geen enkel probleem, beter zelfs, iedereen kon doen waar hij/zij zin in had. Het eiland Tenerife ligt midden in de groep Canarische eilanden. Daardoor was de natuur een ware tuin van Eden. Het woestijnachtige landschap stond vol diverse cactussen, 'prickely bush', een grote verscheidenheid aan bloemen en enorm veel valkjes. Zelfs verschillende steenarenden gezien, zwevend boven ons hoofd. Dit zie je niet elke ... read more
Mijn schatteke

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife June 7th 2013

Good morning from somewhere out on the Atlantic ocean. It is Friday the 07 June and is 08.30 in the morning. I have been up for about an hour and a half and have had breakfast and am currently sitting at the stern of the boat watching the wake stretching out behind us. It was a grey start but now the sun is just about to come out and it should be a very pleasant day. To regress a bit………Yesterday morning was a 5 am start and after good breakfast in the hotel I headed down to the harbor to take my place in the queue waiting to board. It was still dark but as we waited the sky lightened up and as we were boarding the night had turned to day…a grey sort of day. ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife October 28th 2012

In a fit of desperation after an appaling British summer, it was necessary for both our mental health's sake to book a holiday somewhere sunny and warm. October is risky in the Mediterranean, so MC made the call: off the coast of Southern Morocco deep into the subtropics... the Canary Islands! With the islands' sterling reputation and our very extreme need for good weather, it is fair to say that we were pretty agitated when we landed in Tenerife and we saw the heavy, looming clouds. There was further agitation when a minor clerical error in our car hire booking cost us 100 euros. Fortunately our morale improved rapidly and irrevocably the most predictable way: with food! We had installed ourselves in an adorable "casa rural" in Granadilla de Abona in the south and set out ... read more
Our delightful food van
The top of Spain


Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife August 8th 2012

Last Sunday, three friends and I went to the National Park of Tenerife. We took the local bus. There is only one going and returning each day. However, there are many tour buses. We left at 7:00 on bus 103 and headed for Puerto de la Cruz. From there were took bus 348 to the park. We arrived about 11:00. The road in the park is well paved, narrow, steep, and winding. There is a volcano at the center of the park with a cable car going part of the way up which we didn’t take. On the way to the higher elevation, we saw a forest of mostly pine trees. Don’t know how many needles or kind of pines because by the time we got to the park entrance, the terrain was desert again. There ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife August 8th 2012

On Monday, the tilting experiment took place. The name is a little misleading, but that is what it is called. It is a required test to measure the ship’s stability. On Sunday, there was an inspection to determine the weight off everything on ship including crew cabins. Then on Monday, all but 15 crew members were required to be off so the experiment could take place. Four buses were rented for us and we had a day at Parque Loro in Puerte de la Cruz which is about 40 minutes away on the northwest side of the island of Tenerife. In addition to the largest parrot collection in the world (so they claim), there were sea lion, dolphin and orca shows. I also saw meer cats, penguins, turtles and many other small animals (no lions or ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife July 28th 2012

The crew numbers are increasing. Our cabin of 6 berths is now full. The Hospitality team is now very busy. They prepare the bunks, give you the paperwork, and are the first crew members you meet when arriving. First, you are fed. Then your ID picture is taken. Next, you are given a map of the ship (With 8 decks a map is helpful.) and other papers. You are reminded of the rules (Everyone receives a copy before committing to the trip.) and it seems that there are many. However, many are just common sense. Some have to do with being sensitive to cultural norms such as, dress, alcohol consumption, etc. . Finally, you are escorted to your cabin to meet your mates. There is a curfew for those who live on ship while in Africa, ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife July 23rd 2012

We woke to another sunny day in Tenerife. We will be sad to leave this lovely place. Last we decided to have the glass of free champagne on offer (well keith and Rach did, mine ended up in my breakfast and in my lap! i wish I could say it was a sudden gust of wind that knocked it over, but unfortunately it was my clumsy hand, waving around as I was explaining something!) Another omelette(poached eggs for Rach) made especially for us, feshly squeezed orange juice and croissants. Yum! Stocked up on lunch goodies as well...we are getting very slick at making our lunch rolls, wrapping them in tissue and sliding them into our nags without being seen! Keith had nabbed our seats by th pool again, and we sauntered from breakfast to the ... read more
our sneaky stolen lunches frm breakie
ahh luxury before we leave! dads first ever massage

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife July 22nd 2012

Another day ahead of us the same as the last...excellent! Found our spot by the main pool, as usual, then breakfast by the pool, as usual. Keith found the perfect table, hidden behind the main area, but still right by the pool...perfect because we could wrap our lunch and slide it into our bags relative ease! Still no strawberries so we had to be happy with pineapple daiquiris (which we were!) delivered by our special black waiter (that sounds racist but we don't know his name so we distinguish them by calling them the friendly black waiter and the friendly Irish waiter!). Anyway, the friendly blcck waiter delivered our drinks but warned Rach that she was turning brown, and soon she would be his colour, and then he wouldn't like her as much! The usual swimming ... read more

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