Nacidas

Nacidas peeping out of the soil.
October 18, 2015

We’ve had quite a bit of autumn rain, particularly at the forest altitude. That means that the wild mushroom season is in full swing. There are people who know enough to collect all sorts of wild mushrooms safely, and they assure me that they’re delicious. I know it can be done. There are people who will never eat a mushroom unless it comes from the supermarket wrapped in plastic. I’m not…

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Santa Cruz Market

The inside of Santa Cruz Market
August 25, 2015

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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Balcon Taburiente Restaurant

August 6, 2015

The patio at Balcon Taburiente restaurant   If you fancy an amazing view with your dinner, there are several restaurants on La Palma which can oblige. For example, there’s Balcon Taburiente restaurant on the edge of Los Llanos, clinging to the edge of the Angustias ravine. I haven’t had more than a coffee there myself, but I’ve heard good things of the food. Certainly, they’re very friendly, even if you…

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La Zamora Kiosk

March 27, 2015

There are several kiosks around La Palma. They all give good value for money in unpretentious surroundings, and some are great. La Zamora is on the south-west coast of La Palma, in Fuencaliente. Ver Places to eat on a Palma en un mapa más grande It sits on top of a cliff, with a great view down to the bay below. When the sea’s rough, the waves breaking on the…

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Bleeding Paella

March 26, 2015

  What they meant to say was, “Paella with sangría”. My Spanish isn’t perfect either, but the mental picture made me laugh.

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The Cistercian Convent

March 24, 2015

The Cistercian convent of the Holy Trinity at Buenavista in Breña Alta is surprisingly new. It was founded in 1946, and it’s the only closed order on the island. I was surprised to find out that there are only ten nuns who live there. The convent has a small shop. I first went there about ten years ago, in search of a rosary made of dragon-tree seeds, for a Catholic…

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