Come Along With Me

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.

Casablanca, Morocco

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!

Rick’s Cafe-Casablanca

Large slums with lots of TV dishes.  Guide assured us they’d all be gone by 2014.  Hmmm.  Sounds familiar.

Slums with lots of dishes

People across the street live like this.

Casablanca-homes of the wealthy

Saw colorful tiles but with poor workmanship.

Moroccan tiles-Casablanca

Not so with Casart’s MoRockAnSoul designs by Amy Finkel.  You don’t have to worry about chipping either.

Casart MoRockAnSoul colorways

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!

Here Comes The King

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.

Watch your step!

Fire Mountains landscape-Lanzarote

Vineyards, Lanzarote Wine Route

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.

Mt. Teide, Tenerife

Black lava beach, Tenerife

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!


Canary pine scared by fire

Another “Watch Your Step” moment!

In the mist

Is this a raven or a crow?

This crow landed on the rail next to a group of French tourist who were enjoying the view with bread, cheese and champagne.  Smart bird.

Santa Cruz de La Palma with sunshine breaking through

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Hotel Santa Catalina, opened in 1890

Room with a balcony

But no view

Houses on the hill from the double decker tour bus

Are we in Paris? Nope, that’s definitely Spanish!

two tour drivers stopped for a cigarette break. Must be unionized!

–  Lorre Lei


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