Wednesday 26 March
Today we meet up with Meryl! Meryl or Redqueenmusings, as she is known on her blog, is someone who has helped get me started blogging and given me lots of hints and tips on Tenerife so its going to be good to meet her. We arranged to meet at Olaf’s Bar, next to the Apartments at 1pm so Annie and I decided to have a walk along the paseo into Los Cristianos again in the morning and also had a quick look in the Arona Gran hotel to see what it was like. It was really beautiful inside and somewhere that we might try one year, lots of things to do and a great pool area.
Annie and I were sat having a bottle of water at Olaf’s when promptly at 1pm Meryl and her husband Jim pulled up outside in a parking space right opposite where we were sitting, and whisked us off to Locanda Italian restaurant at El Mirador. We sat outside and had a long chat and nearly forgot to order our food. Meryl had a tagliatelle with mushrooms, Annie had tagliatelle with salmon and I had my favourite – spaghetti fruiti de mer! Oh my, the food was beautiful and the portion was so big I couldn’t eat all mine! I rounded it off with a cheesecake, lovely but not as good as at Cresetlla! We were there chatting away, drinking coffee and sharing stories about our lives for around 3 hours and it was as if we were all really old friends and not people who had only just met! I think we would all agree that we have made life long friends and will definitely keep in touch.
After lunch, Meryl & Jim dropped us back at our apartment and we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the balcony and had an early night as we were going to be picked up at 8.45am for our trip to Santa Cruz.
Thursday 27 March
Today we are going on an adventure, we’re getting a coach to visit the capital of Tenerife – Santa Cruz and on to Taganana (sounds Japanese LOL!). We were a mixed bunch on the coach, 3 English couples (inc us), some Germans, Italians and Spanish so our guide had to speak in each language. It was a bit difficult to understand even the English sometimes because he spoke to quickly. We saw some of the beautiful coastline of Tenerife and as it was quite windy we saw lots of crashing waves onto the volcanic rocks. Part of the area we went through was quite industrial and had lots of petrol storage tanks – petrol and diesel is even cheaper on Tenerife than mainland Spain! Some garages were selling diesel for 99c a litre!
When we reached Santa Cruz we had 2 hours to have a look round the town and the woman in the information office gave us a map to see the main sights! She told us that Primark had just opened a store in the town but it was already a mess LOL! Guess they aren’t used to the sort of rummage sale effect that Primark has on people who shop there! Got to say that it would take 2 hours if you didn’t stop off anywhere but we did, a couple of times. First stop was the local church, even for a non believer like me I found it very serene and beautiful.
Then on to find the market! By this time it was getting hot and we wanted a toilet break and a coffee! We finally found the market and stopped in a bar for a coffee (not the best one we’ve had!) and the loo. There is a whole parade of stalls down the middle of the road and a beautiful market called the African market. It’s in a pink building with a couple of lovely statues outside and inside its full of beautiful flowers, butchers, delicatessen and craft stalls. It’s a real pity we didn’t have time to go round it properly as time was running away with us and we had to head back towards where the coach was picking us up. Santa Cruz really needs a whole day to have a good wander around and see more of the architecture and museums and enjoy the culture of this capital city.
Next stop was Las Teresitas, its a beautiful almost white sand beach (imported of course!) and it was right next to a small cemetery. There were palm trees and blue seas but the public loos left a lot to be desired but we had to use them as we weren’t sure when the next stop would be!
Then it was onward around twisty mountain roads to Taganana, with glimpses of the sea and the mountains towering above us and the valleys below. The bus driver may have been grumpy but he could drive these windy roads with ease!
Unfortunately we didn’t get to see much of Taganana and drove on to the bottom of the mountain where we reached a dead-end and went into the local restaurant for lunch. For €11 we had a salad with goats cheese and mango, I had a deep-fried fish (no idea what it was but it was tasty), together with the obligatory Canarian potatoes (which we love). There was no dessert but wine and water was included, although the wine was very rough and for me not drinkable even diluted with water! After the meal we wandered along the street and watched the sea crashing on the rocks. The next landfall from where we were standing would be the east coast of America – that’s a very sobering thought when you think that if Mount Teide was to erupt and part of Tenerife break away, the resulting tsunami would reach the USA and cause devastation all along the eastern seaboard! Then we began the trip back up the mountain and back along the windy roads to the South but on the way we stopped at a couple of places for some amazing views of Teide and the valleys below us.
Back at the apartment, we were shattered and so we got some water from the machine near the pool, at 10c a litre its cheaper than the shops, although we did notice that you actually get around 750ml in the bottle! We then rustled up a salad in the apartment, caught up on our emails and ended up going to bed by 10pm! I wonder what tomorrow will bring?
Part 3 to follow ………