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Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Lanzarote June 26th 2019

If you live in Europe and you fancy a cheeky bit of winter sun, without going long-haul, then the Canary Islands are an obvious choice. Many would give their right arm for a trip to Tenerife; Horatio Nelson* certainly gave his! Cue the guffaws from the historians… Recently flight prices have gone up so much such that a week in the Red Sea costs about the same price as the Canaries, so we have been to Egypt the last two years. This year cheap flights were back on the menu, so off we went. The week cost us £400 excluding spending money; spank me. There are seven main islands and I’ve been to Tenerife, Fuerteventura, and La Gomera once each but about five times to Lanzarote. What draws me back I hear you ask? Well, ... read more
Playa Jablilo
Myself and Spouse
Main Beach

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife May 28th 2019

Our flight today is not until later in the afternoon, so we had a relaxing morning in the hotel and another great breakfast provided by them. We enjoyed our lounge experience so much when we flew from London Gatwick to Dubai that we have booked again for today. Not sure if it is the difference in time we were there, but we found the food selection to be very very limited. (Aspire) It is a shame because we enjoyed the selection last time. Theresa did get to have a couple of nice glasses of wine though. We are going to try the Aspire Lounge at London Gatwick just one more time. Our flight home with Easyjet was lovely and uneventful and we arrived back to Tenerife about our scheduled time of around 9.00pm. We have a ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria March 15th 2019

Birthday weekend in the mountains for Hayden. We rented a cabin on Mountain Negro. About a 30min drive into the center of the island. After some road closures and a nail-biting turn around on a very steep mountain hillside, we finally made it to Teror for lunch. A quaint little city with tons of character ..pretty much every city on the island. We had a snack at one of the restaurants and some Pappas arrugadas (Canarian potatoes) before taking a tour of the town and looking for some groceries for the weekend. We found a great little waffle shop our way out that we decided to celebrate with candles and all for Hayden, as we were not able to find the groceries we had hoped to find for his birthday dessert and breakfast. Back on the ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Gran Canaria March 3rd 2019

It has been a while since my last post, SORRY, I will do my best to remember our journey since last. Another week just filled with work, sun and play. My coworking space is great, Rafael (the owner) has been very helpful and given me a space in the office area with him (I think he likes to have company). He has 2 kids, 15 & 18 (the oldest is in London at College) He has tried to help me find things for Sarah to do. Not much luck, but the fact he tried was so nice. He knows a lot of English and likes to speak to me in English. I try to speak in Spanish, but usually, make a ton of mistakes. He would like to come to Canada some day, but needs to ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands March 1st 2019

Hallo Ihr Lieben, Das soll also mein Reiseblog werden.... Am 1.März geht es los. Liebe Grüße Ise... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife February 25th 2019

Not too much to report as our holiday starts to wind down. Thursday evening we ate at the Culinarium restaurant again and was looking forward to another enjoyable meal, we had carpaccio, tuna steak followed by veal. Again beautifully presented small haute cuisine type courses, but I didn't take the dessert as I wasn't feeling 100%. We both ate the same but something obviously didn't agree with me resulting in my staying in bed the next day with an upset tummy. We didn't make it to meet our friends for lunch on Friday which was a shame as we were looking forward to seeing them and revisiting Costa Adeji just along the coast from Los Cristianos. Saturday took things easy, the temperature has been over 30 degrees so it was sitting in the shade for us ... read more
Sunday tourist market
Sunday tourist market
Main restaurant - Breakfast

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife February 20th 2019

More Strolling! We got up quite early but weren’t feeling hungry so just enjoyed some coffee & fruit on the balcony. The tide was way out this morning and we could see several locals looking for crabs in the rock pools. Aqua gym session not on today so time for another stroll - a bit further today, all the way to the harbour. As I walked along the promenade several people passed by, joggers taking their morning exercise, dog walkers (actual running) & the mobility scooters that ply the promenade all day long, some single occupancy and just a few tandem versions! The promenade is a mix of tiles, plain & patterned slabs and boardwalk. Passing all the cafes and seaside gift stalls the promenade eventually sprawled out overlooking a wide sandy beach. I was a ... read more
Well we are at the seaside!
Get ahead Get a hat!
Popular promenade walk

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife February 19th 2019

Another short stroll from the hotel. It's a little bit cloudy today (Tuesday) so an ideal time for another little stroll. There really is nothing much to see to the left of our hotel but it passes the time! Directly on the pebble beach there is a shack type abode looking quite derelict with a small fishing boat outside, I wonder who lives in a house like this? There is a man standing on the rocks with a fishing line so maybe the house is his, I will just have to wonder! The black volcanic rocks are all shapes and sizes, some worn smooth from the pounding of the waves, other quite rugged in texture. One was flat enough to rest my camera for a selfie. The ground underfoot was just a bit too rough for ... read more

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife February 18th 2019

As we don't plan much sightseeing this holiday I'll create today's excursion in two halves - BEFORE & AFTER LUNCH. Our day trip to the Northern part of Tenerife. We were picked up at hotel this morning by a driver of an 8 seater vehicle. Just one other person collected from another hotel. A short ride to a collection point where we transferred to another vehicle and were joined by a couple from Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The lady was in a battery operated wheelchair so it meant just 4 of us in the vehicle which was great. We formed part of a convoy of 4 people carriers - Irvin (from Holland but had lived on the island for 13 years) was our driver and Colin (From Scotland) was the tour guide who gave ... read more
Cave houses

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Tenerife February 18th 2019

WE CONTINUE TO ENJOY THE SCENIC ROUTE WITHIN ANAGA NATIONAL PARK. Taganana is a little hamlet inside Anaga National Park. It is surrounded by beaches and rock formations rising out of the sea & this was our stop for lunch. En route we passed Taganana beach with large waves making it a paradise for surfers. Our restaurant location was overlooking the rocky beach with waves crashing into the rocks which were once part of the coastline. Lunch consisted of home made vegetable soup, a delicious fillet of local fish (or pork chop) with canarian potatoes & salad, followed by a local egg custard tart. Plenty of water & red wine - good company and nicely served food. So all good before moving on again. This time to a sandy beach area, popular with the locals especially ... read more
That's where we are heading
View from the restaurant verandah
The long & winding road.

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