Poster for Mariana's exhibition

Art Exhibition by Mariana Arranz

  Mariana Arranz has an exhibition in Santa Cruz de La Palma, in the art room of La Molina Artesania (the rather good craft and souvenir shop), on the Calle Real. To my mind, the paintings are surprisingly cheap, starting at 70€, which will bepart of the reason why she sold two at the inauguration. Mariana will also take orders. For example, the owner asked for a painting of his…

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Piscinas La Fajana, Barlovento

  Fancy swimming in sea-water without the waves? These are some rather nice salt-water swimming pools at Fajana, five km outside the village of Barlovento, on the main road to Santa Cruz. At one time they were only the natural pools, but they’ve been improved rather nicely. There’s a pool near the top for senior citizens and the disabled, but the best places are reached down two flights of steps….

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The MAGIC Telescope

MAGIC Prime Focus

  The MAGIC telescope has the biggest telescope mirrors in the world. I’ve always wanted to get up the green tower to prime focus, where the light is focused onto the camera. I finally got up there in July 2014. Even better, my friend Carolin Liefke (from the Max Plank Institute) had a camera with a fisheye lens and the skill to make good use of it. You can read…

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The inside of Santa Cruz Market

Santa Cruz Market

Santa Cruz market is on the Avenida del Puente, the main shopping streeet which runs uphill, perpendicular to the sea front. It was built in 1886 on the site of the hospital of Our Lady of Sorrows, founded in 1514. I think it’s a decidely nice building, with classical lines, and lots of light inside thanks to the big skylight. There are six little side markets plus a big open…

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The Wine Museum, El Paso

The island’s wine museum stands just above La Glorieta Square. View Larger Map It’s a small museum, but it’s only 1.50€ for adults, and that includes a chance to taste a local wine or two. Upstairs, the exhibition explains the methods and history of wine-making on the the island, and they have a nice collection of old tools used for growing wines or making barrels Vines have been grown on…

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The Moon blood red because it's completely inside the Earth's shadow.

Blood Moon

Total Lunar Eclipse April 15th 2014, as seen from the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter. SkyCenter.Arizona.edu In the early hours of September 28th the moon will plunge into the Earth’s shadow and turn blood red. It’s a perfectly normal event, produced by the combined orbits of the earth and moon and the effect of the Earth’s atmosphere bending the sunlight like a lens, but it’s dramatic and spooky, and if you didn’t…

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