Having recently returned from a cruise to the Canary Islands from Barcelona with stops along the way at Malaga, Cadiz and Casablanca, I’d like to invite you to come along with me. This will be mostly pictures of the highlights. The Canary Islands (pronounced like Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, not the yellow bird) belong to Spain and sit off the northwest coast of Africa. They are formed from volcanic irruptions but at different periods of time so landscape and vegetation differs on each one. Barcelona, Malaga and Cadiz I’ll skip.
Yes, there’s a Rick’s Cafe but Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman didn’t get chummy there because the movie, Casablanca, was filmed in Hollywood!
Large slums with lots of TV dishes. Guide assured us they’d all be gone by 2014. Hmmm. Sounds familiar.
People across the street live like this.
Saw colorful tiles but with poor workmanship.
Some touring had to be cut short. The king of Morocco was arriving. No touring and no pictures. Careful, you could lose those hands along with the camera if caught!
Hope the accoutrements are strictly ornamental! I prefer the banners in front!
Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
The landscape doesn’t look very hospitable but they are able to grow grapes and produce wine in some areas.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is home to Mt. Teide, Spain’s highest mountain. It also offers beautiful seascapes with black lava beaches.
Santa Cruz de La Palma, La Palma, Canary Islands
I know, all those Santa Cruzes and La Palma and Las Palmas get confusing, especially when you’re trying to remember what you saw and where!
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
– Lorre Lei