Turn on the Stars

April 19, 2018

Friday is the 11th anniversary of the starlight declaration. To celebrate, street lights will be turned off for an hour starting at 14 locations around the island. Most of the places will have telescopes for the public to look at the stars for free, and live music. I’ll be at Puerto Naos, at the north end of the sea front with my 4″ telescope.

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Multi-coloured Moorish ceilings in La Palma

Cover of the book
March 5, 2018

There’s a new book out about La Palma’s art history, specifically the gorgeous multi-coloured ceilings. It’s only available in Spanish, but you can still enjoy the 28 colour photos and numerous black and white photos and drawings. The photos here are copied from the book which you can buy it from bookshops in Santa Cruz and Los Llanos. It costs 15€. When Felipe II forced the Muslims to leave Spain…

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Upcoming Carnival Highlights

Los Indianos parade, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Carnival 2007
February 9, 2018

Wig festival, Friday 9th starting 2:30 pm Santa Cruz Ambassador’s Parade Saturday 10th starting 6:30 pm Santa Cruz Concert by Los Vinillos y Forever Sunday 11 febrero, 9:00 om – 11:30 Santa Cruz main carnival stage (My husband plays the drums for Los Vinilos) Los Indianos Monday 12th All day Santa Cruz Carnival parade Los Llanos Tuesday 13th Sardine’s funeral Los Llanos Friday 16th Puerto Naos carnival parade Sunday 18th…

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Carnival’s coming

The Carnival bus from the local school, Breña Baja, La Palma
February 8, 2018

Like the rest of Spain, La Palma celebrates Carnival in the week before the season of Lent. I always say people are making sure they have something really juicey to repent, but these days most people just regard it as a darn good excuse for a party. It wasn’t always that way. Franco banned Carnival. It’s always been a time when people could say and do things they wouldn’t normally…

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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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Star Parties

Sheila Crosby setting up a telescope at Puerto Naos,
April 22, 2017

Last night there were star parties all over La Palma to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Starlight Declaration, and each municipality turned off the streetlights near the star party from 10 pm to 11 pm. I took my new telescope to Puerto Naos and showed people Jupiter and its big moons, how to find the Pole Star, and which constellation is Orion. When the lights came back on at…

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