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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

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

Having enjoyed the superb weather of the British summer we decided, at fairly short notice, to book a two week holiday to Gran Canaria staying in the picturesque resort of Puerto de Mogan. A restful and relaxing trip would allow us to continue our adjustment from hectic working lives to a more leisurely, at least in theory, retired life. It would also allow us to continue to enjoy hot and sunny weather while a distinctly autumnal change is happening at home. Puerto de Mogan is a small picturesque town in the south west of Gran Canaria, situated on the coast and nestled between imposing cliffs and mountains of mottled black, grey and brown volcanic rock. There are two contrasting areas of the town along the sea front. On the left side of the bay there is ... read more
White buildings, archways & bougainvillea in Puerto de Mogan
Small canals in 'Little Venice' area of Puerto de Mogan
Wall carvings depicting life in old times in Puerto de Mogan

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria June 26th 2013

Gran Canaria is part of the Spanish archipelago called the Canary Islands, which are to be found in the Atlantic Ocean, south-west of Spain and about 150 kilometers from Morocco. Gran Canaria has a population nudging one million, which makes it the second most populated island in the group. Gran Canaria has many different types of landscape living cheek by jowl, containing vegetation from Europe, Africa and America. You can pass through desert and tropical forest to the mountain range in the centre of the island, which peaks at just under two thousand meters and is home to some incredible canyons, in just a few hours. Consequently, you'll notice the vast temperature variations that are experienced by different parts of the island on the same day. Although Gran Canaria is well known for its micro climates, ... read more
Roque Nublo

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria May 29th 2013

We left Lanzarote on Nov 27, 2011 and got to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on Nov 28 in the morning. We stayed in anchorage for a week and then moved into the marina. The library in town is a 40 min walk from the marina and has free internet. There are yellow bikes everywhere that are free, even for tourists, you just need to register at City Hall to use them. Instructions can be found at each bike stand or go to for more details. Once I started using the bikes, the library and everything else became very accessible. I met someone with Alopecia universalis. I didn't know this condition existed—it must be our next step in the evolution of the human species since we're all supposed to become hairless at some point. I didn't ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria May 29th 2013

When I was in Las Palmas, I met Enrique. He was standing over the railing, looking over at the boats in the marina, exactly where my favourite boat was docked. I went over and asked him if he knew anything about the boat. It was a very large sailboat, completely grey, and had the name UMBROS kind of rubbed out at the back. Enrique said the owner is Italian but he doesn’t know the design of the boat. Enrique said that he was 69 years old and he used to work as a German and Italian translator. He also spoke some French and English, so we spoke mainly French with bits of English and Spanish. He told me that he owned a sailboat once and on a trip to La Martinique in the Caribbean, it hit ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria December 3rd 2012

This is absolutely the lap of luxury! It's just a tiny hotel, the weather is not great and the food not much better but, I am blissfully alone. For those contemplating it here are a few reasons why group travel should not be high on your list... In fact it's quicker to list why you should do it.... Economical... That's it. If you are not the type of person who likes a lot of interaction a lot of the time this mode of travel is not for you.... Or me! Anyway... the lovely Canary islands, walks on the beach, a small and friendly community, comparatively inexpensive, excellent coffee. It's been a wonderful respite from the rumbling, dusty, politics of the truck. Now tomorrow Senegal inshallah!... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria July 16th 2012

We will be leaving dry dock early Wednesday morning. At least that is the plan. It will take a while to get the ship in the water and to check everything. Then we will “bob” our way back to Tenerife. The ship needed to be a light as possible for dry dock so it will be a rock and roll sail. We should arrive by the end of the day. We will be in Tenerife a few more weeks to finish up the work on the ship. The good news is that once we are on the water, the air conditioning will return to at least part of the ship including my cabin. There are ships from all over the world here in dry dock. And they all look different. There is the Polar Star next ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria July 11th 2012

Still in dry dock. I have been spending time off walking around town and beach. I went to the south part of Las Palmas on Saturday and Sunday. For 1,30E, I took the No. 1 bus from the station about a mile from the port and got off at the last station very near the mall and movie theater. Batman and Ice Age were playing in 3D and two other movies as well. This is the old part of the city. There are cobble stones and a cathedral. I took the elevator to the top of the cathedral for a great view of the city. The roofs were all bare. I was surprised not to see patio furniture and plants. I went back on Sunday so I could go inside the cathedral and other churches near ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria July 6th 2012

The ship is on its way to Las Palmas for dry dock. That means the ship will be out of the water for a while. When the dry dock work is done, we will go back to Tenerife to finish work on the ship that does not require dry dock. It much less expensive to be in Tenerife because Mercy Ship has friends there who arrange docking, etc. at no or little cost. We are at sail now. I had to get up early to do laundry. After five years of constant use, the machines are breaking down. There are only a few left working at this point. Hopefully, that is one thing that will get repaired before we go on to Guinea. I looked about town for a Laundromat but only saw dry cleaning. While ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria May 23rd 2012

Late at night and ready for bed.Arrived from Fuerteventura on the Armas ferry at about 21.45 and headed for the hotel Santa Catlina. Threw my bags in the room and went out to eat. Got back at 00.30 and will head to bed as the ferry leaves for Huelva in the morning at 08.00!!... read more

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