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Published: March 20th 2018
Day 10 – another really lazy day at sea. I finally got my massage and Elke was playing trivia with Val & Derek from Wales. More drinks.
Day 11 – Landed at Las Palmas in the Gran Canaria Island. (nothing to do with the bird – it comes from the Latin word for dog. It is believed that when the Romans arrived they saw the fur seals which they called sea dogs) This tour takes us to a family run vineyard and orchard high in the mountains in the interior of the island. The oranges were in blossom and the air was filled with their aroma. When you stood in the orchard there was a constant buzzing noise from the bees. We were treated to 3 of their wines a red, a rose and a white (the white that we bought is for tasting at Easter).
They also served locally made cheese and fruit spreads as well as their own coffee that was grown in their orchards.
Our guide Maria told us about the economy of the Canary Islands and how it has still only partially recovered from the recession. Cost of renting is around 500 euros per
month and the average income is around 900 euros per month. Unemployment is at 25%.
I tried to hire Manuel the coach driver but his “English not so good”… not sure he really understood I was offering him a job.
Stopped at Agaete for a walk thru the village to the souvenir shop, past the restaurants (have to research a limpet) and down to the coast. Must be money here mostly high end cars.
Back to the ship.
Italian dinner tonight was fantastic.
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