Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Off to Tenerife
A good, but long flight and we landed two hours late at just before 9pm. The airport was very efficient, and we had our bags and car and were out by quarter past. A ten minute drive to the apartment was lengthened slight by Stu going the wrong way as we came off the motorway, and taking us back to the airport again. Got there eventually, and were directed to a very nice two bedroom apartment, despite having booked a one bedroom one, and rushed to the Italian restaurant before it closed for spaghetti and lasagne, washed down with welcome beer.
Then to the outside bar overlooking the sea where the pianist was having a Beatles night, and when that closed to the pub where we caught the last of the karaoke, and the beginning of happy hour. Yep, happy hour starts at 1130pm! No aircon in the room, so slept with the French windows wide open to the sound of the waves crashing onto the beach.
Next morning we decided to go to the supermarket and stock up on provisions, as well as getting the top down on the little Renault Megan we'd hired. But, apparently supermarkets don't open on a Sunday on Tenerife, so we had a nice little drive but came back empty handed.
pyramids. Now I know this is Tenerife and not Egypt, but there are pyramids. Quite, small, and quite different, but pyramids nevertheless. They're just outside Guimar, about 50mins drive away, and we shot up the motorway with the top down, my hair blowing all over the place, Stu's head burning in the sun.....
It's a lovely little park, and as well as the pyramids there's a couple of very informative displays and some nice Canarian gardens.
The pyramids are not the only ones in the Canaries, but many have been destroyed by farmers who thought they were piles of stones left by previous farmers when fields were being cleared. as well as the pyramids, there's a lot about the explorer Thor Heyerdahl, famous for sailing the balsa and reed raft the Kon Tiki from the west coats of South America to the Polynesian islands in 1947. Since tenths sailed a number of reed rafts across oceans to prove that settlers could have done it, and until recently there was a replica of one of them, Ra, on display here, but it's been damaged in a storm. We caught a glimpse of the new one, still wrapped in polythene waiting to be installed.
After the pyramids we went to Candelaria where we saw the church square with its bronze statues of Guanches lining the seafront.
After lunch we went in the church to see the statute of the Madonna that it's famous for which was apparently washed up on the beach
In the evening we walked along the coastal path to Son Blas, and had a meal in a restaurant we've been going to for years. We got back in time for the start of the entertainment, a parrot show - we thought we'd be too late for that and miss it, but it did make me laugh, rightly or wrongly. Wrongly I suspect.
Then the dance show, which was slightly odd, but very good, in a strange sort of way. Of course, when they asked for volunteers, I was up there.... Me, extrovert?
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