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Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria May 19th 2016

...but everyone likes a sun set!! Distance travelled from Cape Town: 4,544 nautical miles On leaving Dakar we now had another two days at sea before our next Port of call, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. Surprisingly there were two trivia sessions on our first of the two days. Not surprisingly, Roisin and I won both (with a little help from Don and Yonkers Dave) in the evening. This is even with me talking Roisin out of a correct answer on both occasions. ‘What is the fastest breed of dog?' Immediately we both said the greyhound. However, I then had a brainwave that this seems too obvious and perhaps the right answer was ‘Whippet' Yes, I'm sure it was. In fact I convinced myself that I'd heard this question before and the answer is definitely whippet. The ... read more
Il Covo restaurant (portside)
Roisin with Hanlie and Agus
On the road with horse and cart!

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria February 29th 2016

Arrived here this morning ..gosh it's a cool 18 degrees but should warm up a bit later. Been shopping and had a leisurely coffee. We sail for Lisbon this afternoon which is our last port before Southampton on Saturday. It's been a fantastic holiday , one we will certainly remember for a long time. We have enjoyed the cruising just as much as the ports of call. The photograph is me not very elegantly enjoying a fresh coconut juice in Recfie in Brazil. ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria January 10th 2016

Sunday January 10th, 2016. Las Palmas, Gran Canaria Las Palmas is the capital of the island of Grand Canaria, and Spain's 7th largest city. The island is in the Atlantic Ocean about 100 miles off the coast of north-west Africa. As such it is the largest city in the European Union lying outside the European Continent. Founded in 1478 by Juan Rejon, the city's original name was 'Real de Las Palmas'. Rejon was head of the invading Castillian army, before engaging in war with the locals. In 1492, Christopher Columbus anchored in the Port of Las Palmas and spent time on the island on his first trip to the Americas and on hs way back to Spain. The Casa de Colon Museum in the city is named after him. Francis Drake tried but failed to plunder ... read more
2.  Sea Cliffs at Ageate
14.  Remains of Aboriginal Dwellings at Guayedra
16.  How The Aboriginal Dwellings at Guayedra would have looked

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria December 12th 2015

Saturday 12th December, 2015. Gran Canaria, Canary Islands After a posh breakfast we set off to secure ourselves a car for the day. There was an Avis office on the dockside so we decided to try this first to save the walk into town. After queuing for 15 minutes we were quoted a price of 67 euros 35 cents - criminal as we had seen cars in the town from 26 euros. We walked off in disgust and found the 26 euro place. He said we could have a car - but not until Monday! Undeterred we continued to the second place we had seen where Raol hired us a nice little white Seat for 30 euros for the day. We had pretty much decided where we wanted to go - to the north of the ... read more
33. M in the Paseo de Gran Canaria in Firgas
31.  D Sitting on the Beautiful Tiled  Seats in Paseo De Gran Canaria in  Firgas
22.   View From the Cenobio de Valeron Viewpoint

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria December 11th 2015

Friday 11th December, 2015. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands We were woken fairly early to the roaring of the ship's bow thrusters as we docked in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. We went to the restaurant for a posh breakfast before disembarking and going into town. Las Palmas is the capital of the island of Gran Canaria and is known as Las Palmas GC in order to differentiate it from the island of Las Palmas which is also in the Canaries Group. Gran Canaria is a roughly circular shaped island and Las Palmas lies at it's north eastern corner on a spit. Despite its name it is only the 3rd largest of the Canary Islands (about the size of the combined Shetland Islands). Las Palmas GC is the largest city in the Canaries and ... read more
7. D at Playa De Las Canteras, Las Palmas GC
10. Rip Off Men, Playa De Las Canteras, Las Palmas GC
46. M at The Physical Anthropology Exhibition -  El Museo Canario

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria April 27th 2015

When I returned to Hamburg from the Ayurveda cure in Kassel I had two days to get organised for my next trip: hiking from hotel to hotel on the island of Gran Canaria. I had booked the trip with Discovery Gran Canaria, an agency that offers guided and self-guided walks on Gran Canaria. It belongs to Franz Miltenburg, who has lived in and travelled various countries of the world before settling on Gran Canaria many years ago. I left for my trip on Sunday morning (12th of April) and arrived in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the island’s capital, in the afternoon. Franz came to pick me up from the airport and took me to my hotel in Aguimes on the east coast of the island, about 20 minutes by car from the airport. There he ... read more
Barranco de Guayadeque II
Valley of Guayadeque to Santa Lucia I
Valley of Guayadeque to Santa Lucia II

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria February 22nd 2015

Gran Canaria was by all accounts the sum of its expected parts: overly touristy, easy holidaying and convenient. It’s been a while that I have been on such a trip. My preference as a ‘traveller’ (though since joining the rat-race I’m not sure I can still claim such a title) is always ‘raw’ travel to distant lands, with unperturbed nature, local peoples, and cultures strikingly different to my own. This trip was anything but. This trip was borne out of a need to utilise my remaining annual leave at work, to provide myself and mum a much needed break and to spend time staring at the sea and sinking into the sand. The missions above were accomplished indeed. Largely the disappointments were the absence of real food and the inescapable fact of the ubiquitous carnival which ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria December 28th 2013

This was Amy's first holiday and we think she loved it! We were a bit nervous about taking her on a 4 hour flight but she slept through most of it. We left cold Ireland behind and went to Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands for a week and then on to Tenerife for a few days. Amy spent a lot of time asleep but she also did some pretty cool things: Climbing to the top of 2 volcanoes Visiting the sand dunes of Maspalomas Hiking above 2750m - bring on Everest! Swam for the first time Went to the beach and best of all...visited the cockpit of an aeroplane (thank you to the very friendly crew on Binter Canarias for that!) Not bad for a 4 month old!... read more
Fasten your seat belts
Amy & Mum at the apartment
Sunrise over the Riscos De San Bartolome

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria December 12th 2013

Hola to one and all... This blog has been seriously delayed... I got back from my first, albeit brief, visit to Gran Canaria a few weeks ago but I have been sooooo busy - mainly doing not much at all! Although with Crimbo just round the corner and another imminent trip to Switzerland coming up... shopping has been my main focus - I think I preferred last year when I was in the Maldives and I was able to just get away with adopting a polar bear and snow leopard rather than wandering around the shops trying to find witty and unusual gifts for friends and family... Anyway I have wandered off track bit like I do when I'm shopping - so back to Gran Canaria... I was there in mid-November and the temperaturse and weather ... read more
Las Palmas
up the mountains -it was misty
me & a crimbo tree - yay

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria October 3rd 2013

We have wandered more widely during the past week. We caught a 'glass bottom ferry' from the harbour in Puerto de Mogan for a trip around three headlands to the tourist resort of Puerto Rico. It was a very pleasant trip the sea breeze cooling us down as we watched the changing landscape - from high sea cliffs with surf pounding at their bases to inlets and bays with the cliffs covered by mainly white apartment blocks and tourist hotels. In contrast nothing apart from blue sea could be seen through the small panel of glass comprising the 'glass bottom ferry'! We found Puerto Rico to be, almost totally, a 'tourist town' - not really our sort of place!! A wander around town, through the shopping complex, where even WanderingAlison was unable to find anything of ... read more
Puerto Rico
Casa de Colon
Courtyard at Casa de Colon

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