Volcanic Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Today we visited Gran Canaria – one of the most popular islands in the Canaries – temperatures reached 24C.
This volcanic island has many deep valleys, volcanic cones and a very picturesque landscape. We docked in the cosmopolitan, historic and prosperous port city of Los Palmas.
This is where Columbus stayed on his way to and from discovering the New World.
Although the islands scenery is less dramatic than that of Tenerife it has beautiful sandy beaches in the South which makes it a favourite of holiday makers from all over Europe.
Almost my entire group booked my suggested 930am Island Highlights tour. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Once again our guide was a true expert.
We stopped at a very scenic observation point before continuing to the picturesque town of Teror where the homes impressively have ornate wooden balconies. The town church is recognized Worldwide. There are a few locally own shops that line the narrow streets.
Our next stop was at an impressive botanical garden where we strolled and sampled the local banana liquor, honey rum and a variety of preserves.
When we arrived back to the ship at 130pm I walked to the modern shopping mall that was next door. There were not too many shops that interested me but McDonalds provided complimentary internet so I took advantage of that.
The pool deck was packed with sun bathers this afternoon.
I joined a packed ballroom for Cunard’s high tea – I’ve noticed that they change the petite sandwich and dessert selections but the traditional scones are a daily occurrence.
We start our journey North in a few minutes – tomorrow is a sea day and then we arrive in Lisbon, Portugal one of my favourite European cities.
Tonight my entire group will be dining in the elegant French restaurant on board the Queen Elizabeth which is called the Veranda. I’ve invited Sam, the young gentleman from Vancouver that is traveling on his own to join us. My female passengers have adopted him – its been a coincidence that he has joined every tour we have been on – mind you I am teasing him as I expect he could be a spy from another tour company!
I hear the weather has improved at home and maybe the snow will melt before we get home – that would suit all of us just fine.
I shall close as I want to get this post off before we start our transit of the Atlantic and we still have decent wifi connection.