Walks Blog – Nov 2016

Dire Straits Experience
… you had to be there … it was a blast …!!!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/EGjFj7 , 28th November, 2016






Playa Las Americas in full-on party mode last night … the beat of the music from multiple music/dancing/drinking venues and the whooping and hollering didn’t start to die down ’till after 5:00 a.m.! Thankfully, we’d had a few shandies, so slumbered through most of it …!   #thosewerethedays
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/8WZJQv , 27th November, 2016



Casas de Altavista – Arona
Our first attempt at properly recording the walks we do as guides for others …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/PXJwjF , 27th November, 2016






In Las Americas for the Night!
We’re on our holidays …   Off to hear the Dire Straits Experience. And to our rock music purist friends we make no apologies …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/N2JGEw , 26th November, 2016






White Horses at Puerto de la Cruz
24bThe Atlantic was choppy off the north coast of the island today, big waves rolling in, as is not uncommon here. Bright and bonny though. And the lower Orotava valley, stunning as ever …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/aW2siz , 24th November, 2016






Simple Pleasures!
Cut flowers from the garden, Canarian-style! Simple and stunning. Muchas gracias Gema Hernandez Guzman …  Facebook post: https://goo.gl/DjuICG , 24th November, 2016










Just Another Day in Paradise!
22aA great hike this morning from our doorstep in Silencio – volcanic cones, banana plantations and … pretty plants …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/kXX3V3 , 22nd November, 2016







Climate Change
Looking back over Silencio to Las Galletas and the Atlantic. One pic taken in mid-August in the height of the summer. The other taken today. The “desert” is now so green … 
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The Colour Yellow
Costa del Silencio – Montaña Amarilla – yellow mountain – living up to its name tonight … 
21Facebook post: https://goo.gl/QVyjiT , 21st November, 2016







The Sounds of Silence Shattered
20aWe had a short stop-off today at an unusual place that pays homage to Hermano Pedro de San José Betancurt (1626 – 1667), declared the first saint of the Canary Islands, and Guatamala, as recently as 1980. In winter time, as a young boy, Pedro herded his family’s goats down from the faraway mountain village of Vilaflor to the arid plain (made newly green with winter rains) where the modern Tenerife Sur airport is now. There he slept and prayed in the sandstone caves, wind-blown into fascinating shapes and over-hangs. As a young man, released from servitude for a family debt, Pedro made an arduous journey to Guatamala, where he dedicated his simple and austere life to caring for the poor, especially African slaves. 20bThe caves are a place of religious devotion today, where signs call for “silencio”. It is somewhat incongruous, therefore, that the place lies in a low valley directly at the end of the airport runway, and planes roar overhead every few minutes, so low in the sky that you can almost count the rivets on their underbelly …
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/fAYTld , 20th November, 2016



The “Coats” Coastline
Los Abrigos (“The Coats”) and her coastline looking good earlier today …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/cGWKPp , 20th November, 2016









The Green Hills of Arona
20cYesterday’s walk took us back to the Casas de Altavista circular route from Arona town. How much greener it is than when we walked the same route two months ago …  
20th November, 2016





Nosing Around Silencio …
On our doorstep …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/2mt8VX , 17th November, 2016







Morning Glory in Silencio ...
An early(ish!) morning hike along the coast today. Just me and a few seagulls for the most part …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/qCfeGa , 15th November, 2016








Ambling Around Adeje
Exploring lovely Adeje town today …  
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Adeje Pueblo
13cIt is clear that the people of Adeje have a strong sense of civic pride and have invested in their urban landscape over recent years. Sympathetically blending the old pueblo with the modern town, Adeje town is dotted with very pleasing contemporary plazas, gardens, play-parks, sculptures and gable end murals.13b

Here, we are looking through a window in time at scenes from country life in a different age …
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/hwP99N , 13th November, 2016





Wine and Tapas at the Biscuits

13dYesterday afternoon we popped into the Wine & Tapas event at the harbour and Marina del Sur at Las Galletas (“The Biscuits”), and took in a set from this talented and enthusiastic trio. I fancied the sardines on a spit but restrained myself as our supper was already in the shopping bag! However, the wine was tasty, and the atmosphere was good, warmed by the winter sun, but no doubt got even jollier as darkness fell and the evening’s entertainment programme continued …
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/zl9Jfu , 13th November, 2016



A Tenerife Revelation
11bWe showed our friends John and Sara around the island this week – North, South, East and West. Happily, I think they were pleasantly surprised at what they found. Here’s some of their impressions:

Thunder and lightning, wrong turns, noisy parrots, beautiful fishing villages and hilltop towns, volcanoes, lava, Canarian potatoes, Spanish omelette, Barrancos, prickly pears, sunsets, sunrises, sunburn, laughter, history lessons, lost dogs, found dogs, Hosé the Bombero, sea swimming, rock pools, Romeo and Juliet [on the streets of Adeje] … our visit was unforgettable … it was a blast!”  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/27t6o2 , 11th November, 2016









Transfer Requests for Two …
Today’s tour took us to the hill town of San Miguel de Abona. Looks like Sara and John Reid have decided to continue their respective local government careers here …
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/w6MXGV , 10th November, 2016










Alison and Sara at Mirador de San Pedro, Los Realjos
One of those little life affirming moments …!
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/N7pthO , 7th November, 2016






North Coast Road Trip
A fun day with fab friends. Such a privilege to show off this stunning island …
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/eiSMJh , 7th November, 2016









Now Padre Teide Has His Hats On!
And, now, soon after the storm, Teide emerges wearing his sombrero(s). These islands … they endlessly amaze us …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/uiada1 , 5th November, 2016






After the Deluge

5The torrential rain seems to be subsiding now, but it looks like some of our poor neighbours across Barranco de la Arena in the Las Cuevas area of La Orotava will be having to make an insurance claim … !  Just two months ’till we complete our move to El Sur …
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/xhEFjv , 5th November, 2016







Less Cold, More Rainy!
So our friends arrive from a cold and rainy Aberdeen in a couple of hours. To a less cold and very rainy Orotava Valley!? John Reid and Sara-hope you’ve packed your waterproofs.  Oops, and our power has just gone off … there goes tonight’s home-cooked veggie curry …!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/WVqj4p , 5th November, 2016








As the Seasons Change: Sunset Over Silencio
1With the change of the clocks last weekend, the sun now goes down here around 18:30. It was pretty in the south tonight, over the rooftops of Costa del Silencio …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/oitB0S , 1st November, 2016





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