Friday, June 10, 2011

Our last moments in La Palma


To close my time in La Palma, here are photos of our last excursions on the island. 
1. The observatories: 

Up in the northern part of the island there are a number of observatories

On our drive up, we stopped and took pictures of the Los Llanos (which is where we stayed).

As we drove higher and higher, we ran into a couple of observatories, this one being one of them. Because of where La Palma is positioned on the earth, many countries have their observatories located here

And due to the high altitude, it was freezing cold!


Do you see that island in the distance? That is Tenerife, another island and the mountain is El Teide, a volcano. 

The clouds were phenomenal..

2. Our drive back down:

On our drive down, we stopped for lunch in this small town (doesn't it look completely different from the observatory photos?).


That's our restaurant on the left (food pics are in a future post).

After lunch, we kept driving down the mountain and stopping to take photos of the spectacular views...



And the flowers and plants all around. 




3. Tazacorte


To conclude our busy day, we arrived at Tazacorte for some ice cream by the water


Though it has the look of a beach town, it is small and quant enough to not have that "touristy" feel.


4. The Port

The following day, we headed down to the port to meet our ship

As we waited for our time to board the ship, we walked around the downtown area.


I love the looks of these homes with the flowers and plants overflowing the balconies.



Lastly, this is a statue representing a tradition that is celebrated in La Palma which is called "The Dance of the Dwarfs" (La Danza de los enanos). This holiday is celebrated to honor the patron saint of the island, La Virgen de las Nieves who ended a drought that devastated the island in 1680. Ever since then, this holiday is celebrated specifically with the Dance of the Dwarfs. Unfortunately for me, I missed it. It was celebrated last year and it won't be again until 2015

So, looking at the different sections, which one caught your eye? 



27 comments:

  1. Oh dear, I'll definitely put this to my "to do list"! :) Great pictures!
    xx,K.

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  2. All of your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I especially love the photos of the streets lined with all the gorgeous and colourful buildings! I'm just a little envious of your travels!

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  3. Wow, love the way the peaks come through the clouds. It's like you're in a whole other world. I bet it was freezing!

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  4. what an amazing place to visit!!!! unforgettable!

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  5. Aww, this is lovely,
    I love it!

    Henar ♥
    ... OH MY VOGUE !

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  6. All i can say is, SPECTACULAR. I bet as lovely as your photos are, the real view is a hundred times more stunning, right?

    xoxo, http://heelsandwedges.blogspot.com/

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  7. @ KaNini's: Yes, make sure you get the chance to go...

    @ Andrea @ Vegvacious: Aren't those beautiful? I have been traveling a lot but, once September comes, it will come to a halt.

    @ Hannah {Culture Connoisseur}: It was sooo cold!!

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  8. drollgirl: It was unforgettable :)

    Henar: It is a lovely place...

    The Fire Inside Me: Thanks :)

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  9. Hello! My first visit, will visit you again. Seriously, I thoroughly enjoyed your posts. Interesting photos. Congratulations for your work. If you wish to follow back that would be great I'm at http://nelsonsouzza.blogspot.com
    Thanks for sharing!

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  10. You have some absolutely stunning pictures here. I really loved the one of Tenerife from high up in the sky - amazing!

    Duncan In Kuantan

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  11. Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!
    Fine, you win, I'm flying to La Palma tonight.

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  12. Wow, these pictures are just amazing!

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  13. que me ha gustado esta entrada, unas imagenes increiblessss!

    besitos

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  14. Hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I love your photos! It sounds like you are having a great time! It's beautiful there. Looking forward to seeing more photos!

    Take care!

    Kim

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  15. Amazing photos!
    It's like 2 different worlds between the first part and the last part haha
    I don't like cold but I would love to take some snaps at the observator ^^

    xx

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  16. Awesome pics of our "isla bonita"!.Thanks for sharing.As Canarian thank you for this post.Hugs, Yoana

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  17. @ FATIHA FAULZI: Thank you!! Your right; you have to see it in person to get the full affect.

    @ Nelson: Thank you so much for your encouragement. I will definitely check out your blog when I get a chance :)

    @ Duncan D. Horne: I love those shots; it made me feel like I was up in the heavens :)

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  18. Great photos. so fabulous trip!

    xoxo Ra

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  19. @ The Tame Lion: Your flying to La Palma tonight? Take pictures ;)

    @ Leia: Thanks!

    @ Tere: Múchisimas gracias :)

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  20. Buen dia!! que hermosas fotos!!! que sitio lindo!! beijossss

    @ka_stryzak

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  21. @ Peachy Cheek: Thanks, I am having a wonderful time :)

    @ Ice Pandora: Yes, I am not a fan of the cold either, but we were not there long..

    @ dressingup-everyday: Thank you so much! It means a lot that someone from the Canary Islands enjoys my posts :)

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  22. Hola guapa, qué pasada de fotos son realmente preciosas :) me han gustado mucho!

    besitos♥

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  23. @ Ramona: Thank you!

    @ Kathya Stryzak: Gracias! Y gracias por seguirme :)

    @ No me mires ♥: Gracias, me alegro que te han gustado ;)

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  24. Très belles photos!
    J'adore!
    Bisous
    Claire

    http://blazer-noir.blogspot.com

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  25. Oh my gosh! These are breathtaking!!! Thank you for your comment btw.

    http://inherentstylela.blogspot.com/

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  26. That frozen fence is incredible! Brr!

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