Friday 28 March
Woke up to another beautiful sunny, if blowy day. After another relaxing breakfast on the balcony watching the early risers walking up the mountain , we decided to have another walk along the paseo and just see where we get to! My knees and ankles aren’t very good at the moment and the tennis elbow in my right arm has been problematic because of having pulled the cases up the slope but I’m determined not to let it get the better of me. Did notice what looked like a bit on my left foot but it didn’t itch, surrounded by little red marks (I take antihistamines every day I’m away) and my prickly heat seemed to be starting on my hands!
Its funny, walking along the same bit of paseo every day and seeing something different every time! Annie is looking for a particular top that we saw in a shop the other day and didn’t buy at the time. When we went back it had gone! So we went into every shop along the paseo and then on into Playa Vista trying to find another one. Lots of similar tops but not the one she wanted LOL! Annie loves to shop and was also on a mission to buy a new bag and saw so many she liked it was impossible to make a choice.
Although it was a beautiful day, the seas were very rough with high winds stirring up the waves so they were crashing onto the beach and the sand at Los Cristianos harbour beach was whipped up into dust clouds making people come off the beach (although there were some mad people who stayed on it!). The sand sculptors were constantly damping down their wonderful works of art as the wind dried them out. I’d love to see one of them starting from scratch one day.
We had walked up to the shops almost as far as Playa de las Americas and stopped off on the way at a couple of places for coffee and I had a lovely ice cream in the shopping centre it was banana and Malaga ice cream. The banana tasted like the old-fashioned banana lollies I had as a child and the Malaga one had raisins in it and I’m assuming some Malaga wine.
Walking is supposed to be good for you and I can’t even estimate how far we walked most days but my knees held out, even though my ankles disappeared into cankles LOL! Not very attractive!
We slowly walked back towards the apartment after about 5 hours of walking (not including stops!) and decided to eat at Crestella again. Annie had exactly the same as she had the first night we ate there – avocado and prawn starter, steak Diane and Canarian potatoes so I decided to have the same but with plain grilled steak instead, followed by the cheesecake again. Once again, the food was amazing, service brilliant and the after dinner shot from the management delicious, some kind of honey liqueur. Good job I’m doing a lot of walking as if I keep eating like this I will end up putting on lots of weight, in addition to all the fluid my legs and ankles are accumulating.
Didn’t take many pictures today but hopefully will have some from Annie that I can include in a separate update at some point.
Saturday 29 March
Today we were up early to an overcast sky but the temperature was still warm, so we decided to book a cab to visit the Monkey Park. It’s a bit out-of-the-way but it is worth the trip and there are cabs outside when you’ve finished your visit.
When we arrived we had our photo taken with a couple of parrots. At €8 its not as cheap as some we’ve bought in the past, but it was actually quite a nice photo. We noticed that the animals seemed to be a little sleepy and perhaps it was a bit too early for them and they hadn’t warmed up yet. We walked into the main part of the park and there were a couple of crocodiles lying in a pool and ignoring the people walking past. Next we went into the Lemur area, there were several of them all a bit sleepy too and a group of large iguanas, who were sun bathing and trying to raise their body temperatures. There was one rather large one who looked like his tail had been broken at some point and had started to grow again, isn’t nature wonderful. Pity we can’t do the same and grow another body part.
In with the lemurs were some guinea pigs and their babies, they were so cute and it was funny to see them chasing around. Meanwhile, sitting in a corner was a giant tortoise, not the biggest one I’ve ever seen but it was quietly munching on a bit of lettuce and not taking any notice of anyone. We decided that we would try and get some pictures with the lemurs as we walked back through after a look round the rest of the place.
Through into the main part of the park and there were several cages, good sized ones with various types of monkeys and chimpanzees. The gibbons were the noisiest and you could hear them all over the park, one especially hanging from the roof and whooping to gain attention.
As we were looking at the different monkeys we saw one with only one arm! It was doing really well and was picking up food and tucking it away under its armpit and walking around the cage as if they didn’t have a care in the world. Next along were another species of ape where some young girls were reaching over the barrier and feeding them through the fencing. We thought they were really silly to be doing it but at least they were the right side of the barrier, not so the father at the next enclosure with 2 large chimpanzees! He had lifted his small daughter over the barrier and she was feeding the chimp through the wire! It was quite scary and we were quite worried about the child. The child was using food bought at the entrance and the chimp was reaching through the bars to get to it. It would’ve only taken the chimp deciding he wanted to pull the child closer for there to have been a dreadful incident. What would the father think then?
As we walked around the enclosures, birds, gibbons all seemed to be in good condition and it seemed like they were well looked after. Next we moved back into the lemur enclosure and the lemurs were being a bit more co-operative and seemed to be especially drawn to the children and a young lad who they really interacted with. Next there was a smaller walk through enclosures with little marmosets and there was one with no tail! Seems to be a pattern forming LOL! Iguana, growing a new tail, a one-armed monkey and a marmoset with no tail! It does make you wonder what happened to them all. One little green monkey decided that he would sit on my chest, luckily Annie had her camera out, unfortunately I’ve not got a copy of the picture yet but I will post it when I get it LOL!
As we walked out we asked the girl on the desk if she could get us a taxi, but there outside was one already waiting. Taxi cost €5.70 up there and only €4.60 back but would tell everyone the average price is €5 each way.
So back to the apartment for lunch and then back into Los Cristianos to look for somewhere to eat. As we were walking along we could hear the sound of latin music and drums and tried to find where they were coming from but got a bit lost in a back street so made our way back to the paseo. Then we were suddenly among a crowd of people in fancy dress and people on a stage entertaining the crowds. It turned out to be the judging of the fancy dress entries ready for the final parade on Sunday afternoon. There were so many amazing entries, some silly ones but the best were the children who were in recycled outfits made of bottles and cups and all sorts of bottle caps and streamers and they looked stunning. The whole thing was a lot of amazing music and fun. We took loads of photos and videos and then walked back along the paseo to find somewhere to eat.
OK, so we ordered our meal, we only had basic chicken and chips as a change from the rich food we’d had on previous nights and as we waited for our order I heard lots of drums and whistles. Then down the road came a procession of dancers and drummers and right past our table! Annie carried on eating and kindly cut my food up so that I could just grab a bit when there was a lull in the proceedings. It was such fun and when they’d all past, it all seemed a bit quiet.
Walking back along the paseo in the evening was a different experience to during the day, lots more PR people trying to get you into eat in their restaurants. The lights were so pretty and the place was coming alive again with a totally different atmosphere. Next time I think we might make more of an effort to spend an evening or two in town.
Part 4 to follow …………………