Tobacco in La Palma

October 20, 2015

I don’t smoke, so everything I know about Palmeran cigars is from hearsay. But they seem to have a very good reputation. Certainly Winston Churchill was known to be a fan, and certainly they get shipped off to the Spanish royal family. Most of the tobacco farms on the island are in Santa Cruz, Breña Baja, and especially Breña Alta. Typically, the crop is grown in tiny fields and given…

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Happy 30th birthday to the Observatory

September 20, 2015

Happy 30th birthday to the Observatory at the Roque de Los Muchachos! The official inauguration was in 1985, attended by the royalty from Denmark, Holland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and heads of state of Germany and Ireland. At that time there were only six telescopes on La Palma; now there are 17 of them. To celebrate, the Canarian Astrophysics Institute has a free exhibition in Santa Cruz de…

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Art Exhibition by Mariana Arranz

Poster for Mariana's exhibition
September 3, 2015

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 two…

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Bajada Program for the Weekend

  At 5:30 pm on Saturday the procession leaves Las Nieves to bring the statue of the virgen down to the chapel of The Incarnation (Encarnación) just above town, arriving at about 8:30 pm. This is a much more solemn religious affair than the Bajada del trono. People living along the route will throw petals as she passes. On Sunday morning the virgen enters Santa Cruz – eventually. The idea…

July 10, 2015
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Seeing the dwarves for free

July 10, 2015

  Seeing the dwarves dance in the street is a very different experience from seeing the paid performances. The singers and dancers are very tired, because they’ve been performing all night, and they’re covered in sweat. You’re much more immersed in the experience. Ont he other hand, it’s hard to get a clear view for photos. On the other hand, you’re much, much closer to them. Near the end, people…

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Pandorgas

July 6, 2015

  As far as I know, they only have pandorgas on La Palma. These are frames of balsa wood, covered with tissue paper to make a lantern, and decorated. Tonight, they’ll put candles inside them, and have a procession starting at 9:30 pm. It’ll run along A. Rodríguez López, Plaza de la Cruz del Tercero, calle Pérez de Brito, placeta de Borrero, calles Álvarez de Abreu, Lemus, O’Daly, Pérez de…

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