Geckos on La Palma

June 23, 2017

This is a gecko (Tarentola delalandii). Geckos are quite common in the warmer parts of La Palma. They like to live in warm buildings or on sunny walls outside, and this one lives in my house. I think he must have got too close to one of my cats because his tail’s regrowing. You see, if they’re in serious danger of being eaten, their tails come off and provide a…

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Corpus Christi in San Jose, 2017

Salt carpet in San Jose for Corpus Christi, 2017
June 18, 2017

Corpus Christi is also celebrated in San Jose, but the decorations are put up on Saturday evening ready for Sunday. They stay up all day on Sunday and are cleared on Sunday night. Meanwhile the one-way street below the main street becomes two way, so you can still drive from one side of the village to the other. In previous years I’ve posted photos of the finished carpets. Just for…

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Corpus Christi tomorrow

June 14, 2017

  Tomorrow is Corpus Christi in Mazo. That is, they’ll be making the archways and carpets tonight, and most people will go and see them tomorrow, but they’ll stay up until Sunday night. Also on Sunday they’ll hold a special mass in the church at 11:30 followed by a procession around the archways. The full program is here (in Spanish). If you miss this, you can see some examples from…

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San Antonio del Monte 2017

June 9, 2017

This weekend San Antonio del Monte in Garafía will hold the biggest livestock fair on the island. San Antonio del Monte used to be a village, but the villagers moved away. About the only thing that’s left is the church of St. Anthony and the feast day, with it’s massive fair. Apart from the animals, there’s a craft fair, and of course lots of stalls selling cheap toys, food and…

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Parque Antonio Gómez Felipe

Art nouveau barrier, Antonio Gomez Felipe park, Los Llanos de Aridane
June 2, 2017

Parque Antonio Gómez Felipe is a small park in Los Llanos de Aridane, in a neighborhood called Triana. -the locals call it the “Parque de los monos” the monkey park. The top end of the park has lots of Art Nouveau features. There’s even a waterfall and pond. The park is open from 10 am to 8 pm, closed Mondays. The Trip Advisor reviews are here.

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Robert’s Wall (la pared de Roberto)

Robert's Wall (Pared de Roberto), La Palma
May 28, 2017

This photo was taken from the viewpoint at Los Andennes, where you get a spectacular view into the Caldera. From here you can see a dyke called La Pared de Roberto (Robert’s Wall). It’s about four metres high (13ft). [Volcanic dykes are formed when moulten lava fills a crack in the rock and solidifies slowly into very hard rock called basalt. Later on the softer, surrounding rock is eroded away,…

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