A religious grotto in Breña Alta

August 22, 2017

La Palma has a network of marked hiking trails. The LP 19, in Breña Alta runs up from San Pedro, past a series of springs, into the lower end of San Isidro, and back down to the main road. Like most of these paths, the scenery is beautiful and keeps changing. And this path included bonuses. Several of the springs feed laundry bowls. Since it’s easier to carry clothes than…

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El Borrachito Forgetero 2017

Model of a man hosing out sparks El Borrachito fiesta, Mazo, La Palma
August 18, 2017

Tomorrow (Saturday) night is the big fiesta in Lodero, Mazo El Borrachito Fogatero. Or at least it’s scheduled for about 2 am on Sunday morning. But since it involves lots and lots of fireworks and we’ve been having very hot weather, I think there’s a chance it’ll be postponed or cancelled due to the fire risk.

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The Seer’s Stone

August 16, 2017

Twelve adventures for children under La Palma’s amazing starry sky. by Sheila Crosby (Children’s fiction, paperback, 148 pages, A5) Take a journey through La Palma’s turbulent past, into its present and out into the exciting future. Chedey will tell you how his world collapsed when the Spanish conquered the Island in 1493, Althay will explain what happened when the volcano erupted, Daida shares her visit from an extraterrestrial and Leyre…

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La Zarza Rock Carvings

August 14, 2017

One of the best archaeological sites on La Palma is La Zarza and La Zarzita, in Garafía. You have to walk, but it’s a beautiful stroll through woods of heather and bayberry trees. Yes, heather is a tree here – see the top photo. The whole walk takes about an hour, and first bit of the path is the steepest. It’s clearly signposted. You reach La Zarza first. Here there…

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Perseid meteors

August 11, 2017

The Perseids are usually the best meteor shower of the year. The peak will be on Saturday, with perhaps as many as 100 shooting stars per hour (although any meteor shower is best after midnight). that’s 1-2 a minute. There’s a rumour going around that this year it will be far more amazing than usual, perhaps even visible in the daytime. Sadly this is baloney, probably for the clicks. The…

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Photos of the Pirate Invasion

August 6, 2017

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but that was fun! I hadn’t expected nearly so many actors in such good costumes, so very well rehearsed. I hadn’t expected so many spectators either. The crowds made for a great atmosphere, but they also made it hard to get good photos, and it didn’t help that I was using my new camera so I had to think about what I was doing….

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