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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Gran Canaria Eleanor Visit 21 to 26 March 2011
21st March Eleanor arrived on time by Easyjet as planned - unfortunately we were a little late at the pick up as the arrival formalities went much quicker than anticipated.
Marina Las Palmas
The next day we visited the Guayadeque valley with its many caves, cave church, cave homes and cave restuarantes.
The beautiful blossom that we were treated to last time we were there had all gone and the trees were busy producing the almonds.
Stopped briefly at the School of Embroidery in Ingenio and admired their handiwork
On the way back, we explored the Quatro Puertas (4 doors) caves archeological site
However, the most spectacular caves with superb views over the countryside were the Cueva de los Pilares caves on the other side of the hill, accessed by an "interesting" scramble along the steep cliff face.
In one of the caves were geometric rock paintings similar to those at Galdar in the north east of the island
The direct road back to Las Palmas was closed for repair. In our attempts to find a quick alternative route back we were stopped by these canine guards whose job seems to be to repel all strangers from this private residential compound.
The next day saw us hot footing it to the south of Gran Canaria to find the sun, where we joined seemingly endless streams of lemminglike crowds marching determinedly along the water's edge at the side of the dunes on Playa des Ingles in Maspalomas.
Couldn't resist an icecream at a cafe with a view over the dunes.
Continued along the coast to the pretty, modern resort of Puerto de Mogan where we had lunch.
Took the mountain route back - many hairpin bends on narrow steeply winding roads.
With stunning views, including that of Roque Nublo
Stopped in Tejeda to sample the almond pastries and almond icecream
whilst admiring the views of Roque Bentayga
On past the Cruz de Tejeda
with a brief stop in Teror to admire the balconies and the church Nuestra Senora del Pino
Thursday saw us at the Jardin Botanico Canario where we admired, amongst other plants, the huge cactii
The weed filled pond was full of wildlife, including moorhens and their brood
Eleanor spotted this colourful beetle
Visited the nearby Pico de Bandama from which one has a superb view of Las Palmas as well as the Bandama caldera
The caldera gets its name from a Dutchman Daniel von Damme who grew vines inside the crater in the 16th century
Friday had a relaxing start with coffee and appelgebak on the aftdeck
Then had a walk into the old part of Las Palmas and visited the Santa Anna Cathedral and the Casa de Colon
Every time we visit the house where Christopher Colombus is supposed to have stayed there seem to be new exhibits. This time the room with maps showing his various voyages has been extended with copies of the first world charts from the 15th / 16th century - very interesting.
Had to have another icecream at the Fiordilatte icecream parlor
Then took the 17 bus to the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium
and the ladies paddled along the Playa de las Canteras
as the sun set over Galdar
admiring the sand sculptures
26th March came all too quickly and sadly Eleanor had to return to London.