Next Week in Tenerife 4th – 10th July 2015

International Film Music Festival of Tenerife (FIMUCITÉ) (3rd – 12th July venues various see website for details)

Fashion, Food and Music, benefit event for ‘Friends of Vitolo’ – The terrace doors open at 12:00. There will be a fashion show to present the trends for winter 2016, tapas for just one euro and exhibitions, among other surprises . All this enlivened with music and live performances. Admission €5 adults and free for children. The proceeds will go to the Association of Friends of Vitolo Association that helps children in the Canary Islands, especially those suffering classified as “rare” and require special care. (When:4th July, Where: La Terraza Isla de Mar)

Sansofé 2015 invites you to enjoy a cultural summer with activities for all ages on the coast of Granadilla. Sample the XXII Folk Peoples, New Talent Festival IX or XV Canoe Regatta just some of the proposals that can be found in the program, along with concerts, outdoor cinema, gastronomic events and sports championships. There is also puppet shows, inflatables, parade and workshops for kids to take full advantage of the summer. (When: From July 4 to August 29 Where: El Medano and Los Abrigos, Granadilla de Abona)


XX Swim of Santiago del Teide – An already classic appointment for swimmers, the Swim of Santiago del Teide celebrates this year nothing less than its twentieth anniversary. Participants will have to cover about 950 meters, departing from the Playa de la Arena to reach Playa del Bajío in Puerto Santiago. (When: 4th July Where: from Playa de la Arena to Puerto Santiago)

Feria de Artesanía de Garachico (The Craft Fair) is a display of the best artisan products and local costumes. You may wander among the stands of the local craftsmen and taste different dishes of the local cuisine, wines and pastries of the area in a traditional and extraordinary atmosphere. (When: 4th and 5th July Where: Glorieta de San Francisco, Garachico)

Evita the Musical Jaime Azpilicueta is presenting “Evita” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, (starring Paloma San Basilio) . A great show that you cannot miss if you like classic musicals. (When: From 4th to 7th July Where: Auditorio de Tenerife)

24th Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz & más Heineken Thirty two concerts and about a hundred artists for a Festival that has takes place in Gran Canaria, Fuertevenure and Tenerife.  (When 4th – 10th July, Where various locations in Tenerife Programme HERE ) 

V Bertram Deep Sea Fishing Tournament The fifth edition of the Bertram tournament reunites the best boats and fishermen competing in the form of ‘catch and release’. It is the only qualifying event in Spain for the world finals in Costa Rica and it is celebrated in a very special place, with generally calm waters and lots of blue marlins. (When:9 to 11 July Where: Puerto Deportivo Marina San Miguel)

Marc Anthony The most important Latin singer of the moment has chosen the Canary Islands to launch the European part of his tour ‘Cambio de Piel World Tour’. Marc Anthony will reunite with the local public seven years after his last visit to the island with a band of 30 musicians accompanying the singer during this concert, undoubtedly one of most anticipated and exciting of summer. (When: July 10  Where: Estadio Olimpico Antonio Dominguez of Los Cristianos, Arona Tickets: )

IV ‘Papa Bonita’ Gastronomic Fair of Los Realejos The potato is a very delicacy in the islands and Los Realejos cultivates many varieties. In this gastronomic fair you can enjoy this vegetable in many ways, accompanied with good wine during the Fiesta ‘De vinos y papas’.(When: From July 10 to August 2   Where: Los Realejos)

For other ideas and dates of things to do throughout July check HERE

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Shopping in South Tenerife

When I first move to the island, I dreaded the thought of shopping. It wasn’t like anything I was used to in the UK; in fact, it felt alien. People seemed to buy their clothes in supermarkets, or from market stalls. There were a few small clothes shops but these generally sold the sort of thing granny would wear. And while I have been a granny for many years, I didn’t feel the need to advertise it by dressing like one.

If I wanted to buy up-to-date clothes, I had visit El Mirador Centre in Costa Adeje where you can tell at a glance, the prices in the shops that line the narrow streets and square created to feel like a Spanish village could easily break the bank. Alternatively, I could wait for the sales in the shops generically known as the Safari Centre in Las Americas where you can find Hugo Boss, Armani and jewellery shops selling Cartier and Rolex products with prices to match. Despite the generous discounts that Tenerife sales offer, these only come around twice a year, and I would find myself having to make the journey ‘up north’.

The Carrefour Centre in Santa Maria del Mar was the largest and probably had the most choice. The Meridiano in Santa Cruz I didn’t particularly like, and still rarely go there – although I do like the cushions I bought in Zara Home. In those days, my favourite was the Alcampo Commercial Centre at La Laguna that had and still has a good selection of stores such as Cortfiel, Benetton, and even a C&A.

However here in the south we no longer have just CC San Eugenio that mostly caters for tourists, or Sansofe in San Isidro used only by locals as it is off the tourist track. We have been fortunate that things have improved dramatically over the years.

First, it was CC Gran Sur with its variety of shops, cafes and even a Multiplex Cinema that shows English-language films. Recently “Child 44” and “Far from the Madding Crowd”. Both worth a whirl.

Then came along Parque Santiago 6 that covers all tastes from the budget H&M to the designer shops like Anna Rachele and Loriblu. Even the supermarket has a quality feel not to mention the car park and loos! Kids have their own play area and parents have some nice cafes.

The latest addition is Siam Mall I recently visited this new shopping centre and gave some details HERE

Nevertheless, the spoiling doesn’t stop there.

In January, work began on a multi-million-euro development called ARTS close to Las Vistas beach in Los Cristianos and the beach by Tenerife Royal Gardens. It is scheduled to be completed by August 2016.


As you see from the artist’s impressions, the ARTS promises to be something different. It will not be a commercial centre as we know it. There will be major outlets but not a souvenir or electronic shop anywhere in sight. Different areas will change with the light, and the seasons. It overlooks the sea so visitors can relax; indeed, they say it will be “The Jewel in the Crown”. That is until …

The large shopping centre that is planned in the area of Las Torres in Adeje comes along. It is expected to cost more than €21 million, will be huge and also include a Jurassic theme park. It’s not just pie in the sky either, I saw numerous diggers there last week working away.

Nowadays in the south we are no longer the Cinderella of the shopping world our fairy-tale dream has become a reality.

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Things to do in Tenerife in July 2015

July is when the tourist numbers begin to pick up again after a relatively quiet May and June and the weather gets very warm. Average temperatures in the south are 26°C during the day with highs reaching 31/32°C and evening temperatures around 20-22°C. In the north of the island, the averages are 22°C throughout the day with the odd peak of 27/28°C. Evenings are cooler at around 17-19°C.


July Highlights

San Benito Abad Pilgrimage One of the most traditional, deep-rooted fiestas and a tribute to the saint. The seven islands are represented by seven women in the traditional dress of each island. You will see a demonstration of the best of Canary Island folklore and pilgrimage through the city streets (12th July, La Laguna.)


Virgen del Carmen Every July, residents carry the statue of the Virgen to the harbour to honour the patron saint of fishermen (various including Puerto de la Cruz 14th July, Las Galletas 15th – 20th, Guargacho from 22nd- 27th although Dancing Magi is 18th and Puerto Santiago 9 – 15th July )


Other Events in July

INSOMNIA VIP BOAT PARTY Sailing every Sunday and Wednesday. Pre party with shots, boat party with Insomnia DJ’s playing the very best music, 3 hour FREE BAR including spirits, beer and cocktails. After party with FREE BBQ

Luis Fonsi ‘We are One Tour’ Santa Cruz is the second stop on the tour of the Puerto Rican artist. Tickets are available the price of €32 from (1st July, 19.00, Municipal Palace of Sports “Quico Cabrera” Santa Cruz)

International Film Music Festival of Tenerife (FIMUCITÉ) (3rd – 12th July venues various see website for details)

24th Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz & más Heineken Thirty two concerts and about a hundred artists for a Festival that has consolidated and matured, renewing and revitalising its proposals and objectives (4th – 10th July, various locations Programme HERE )The musical Evita A new and updated review of the famous work of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets are on sale at (4th – 7th July, Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz)

Craft Fair (4th – 5th July Garachico)

New York singer Marc Anthony comes to the island as part of the Son Atlantico Festival.  Tickets €40 (General), 80€ (Premium) and 180€ (Platinum) (10th July – Antonio Dominguez Olympic Stadium, Los Cristianos)

Moscow Ballet Presents Don Quixote Ballet in three acts, based on the book by Cervantes. Tickets €35 (11th July, Infanta Leonor Auditorium, Los Cristianos)


Pablo Alboran – the best selling artist of recent times in our country, returns to the stage with his Terral Tour (Plaza del Cristo de La Laguna. July 17th, 21:00)

Freestyle International Motocross – The event will bring the world champion Dany Torres and Maikel Melero to Tenerife so you can enjoy the best drivers in the international and national scene along with high-level risks and tricks. (July 18 at 21.00 in the stadium Antonio Dominguez Arona)

JUAN LUIS GUERRA – Everything has its time Tour (Marine Park – Santa Cruz July 25th. 21:00)

Sunblast Annual Festival. Four stages with many different musical styles. Sunblast Stage:  Dvbbs, W & W, Carnage. The Terrace Stage: Jamie Jones, Booka Shade, David Squillace. Bass Stage: Andy C, Noisia and finally the Sinatra Stage: Gorillaz, Dogg Master, La Mala Rodriguez and Real El Canario. (July 25,  Golf Costa Adeje)

218th Anniversary of  ‘The Mutine’ a tribute to the sailors who defended the city (25th July Santa Cruz)

Nestakilla is the first Hip Hop artist Canario solo release an album with a record outside the islands. (31st July, Teatro Guimera, Santa Cruz)

Visit the Dorada Brewery The local brewing company opens its doors to unveil the manufacturing process of Dorada beer, from the collection of raw materials to bottling, at the end of the visit you will be invited to a Dorada in the Tasting Room. (Booking is necessary. Every Tuesday and Wednesdays Avda. de Ángel Romero Santa Cruz to 31/12/2015)

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2015

Photo by Justin Ng

Sit in a moon shadow with an otherwise open view of the predawn sky, and if you’re really lucky, you might see as many as 40 meteors in one hour. Good luck! Click the links below to learn more about meteor showers in 2015.

July 27-28, 2015 Delta Aquarids
August 11-12, 2015 Perseids
October 8, 2015 Draconids    October 21-22, 2015 Orionids
November 4-5, 2015 South Taurids November 12-13, 2015 North Taurids November 17-18, 2015 Leonids
December 13-14, 2015 Geminids

Tenerife – Attractions

Tenerife offers a wealth of attractions follow the LINK to get just a few ideas.

Tenerife – Tours

Guided tours both free and private as well as numerous excursions are available throughout the year.  For a few ideas follow the link to Tenerife Tours and Days Out

Tenerife – Sporting Activities

Year round temperatures averaging 22 degrees combined with a low level of rainfall provide an ideal climate for outdoor ventures. Whether on land, at sea or in the skies, Tenerife provides outdoor adventure for all types of travellers. Check them out HERE

Tenerife – Markets

Everyone loves a market and the island is home to a wealth of covered, outdoor and street markets. Many specialise in a particular type of goods while others selling the same product move from site to site. Most open early in the morning and close early afternoon. Follow this link for a list of Tenerife Markets

Tenerife – Museums

The museums of Tenerife are accessible to all sections of the community regardless of limited mobility or communication. Follow the link to find a comprehensive list of Tenerife – Museums

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Sizzling Summer in Tenerife

Over the past few days, we have had extremely hot weather, in fact a heatwave is predicted for next week. While some are revelling in the thought of spending days soaking up the rays, I will try to spend as much time as possible under the shade of the awning on the patio or even indoors.


I can understand if you come from a sun-starved UK your top priority when choosing a holiday destination is that it has to be hot. In fact the hotter the better and anything below 25oC at the height of summer will be dismissed without further ado.

In fact, good weather was one of the things on our priority list when we were looking to leave the UK. In those days, we decided that although a lot cheaper, the temperatures in mainland Spanish in August were just too high for us. However, over the years what we thought was a perfect climate here in Tenerife seems to be getting hotter.

It used to be that August and September were the months of subtropical heatwaves, but the past couple of years this seems to have crept forward to mid-June and July. By afternoon, the heat is often bouncing off the pavements, and causing illusions of wavering images.  During these months, the steady summer heat can become unbearable. No one dares walk outside barefoot for fear of blistered feet, as the pavements are hot enough to fry an English breakfast.

As said, I try not to move in this penetrating heat and I succumb to shameful indolence and only move when necessary. I avoid high noon when the sun beats down with unrestrained brutality. I hate hats, but the alternative is hair that clings to your head like a thermal blanket, locking in the heat, and frying the brain.  As I am writing this I can feel the loose shirt start to cling and a lone drop of sweat makes its way down my back, leaving a trail of temporary coolness in its wake.

Walking along the seafront in Los Cristianos, the ocean is like a mirror and I have on occasions, found myself stripping off my scandals and wading in. The Atlantic is always cool and drinks away the body heat – this is no weather for running or even walking fast so to stay at the water’s edge all day would be wonderful. But it is different living here to being on holiday  

You can’t escape into the hills, as the chances are it’s even hotter up there and any wind there might be is transformed into what feels like a blast from a hairdryer of full power.

Ten years of living on the island and a daily Tenerife blog giving weather reports has taught me that average temperatures are always taken in the shade. Therefore, if I see 30°C I know it is likely to be a lot hotter in full sun. I don’t need that, 25°C suits me nicely. And whilst it sounds as if I’m having a moan, I am, but it only lasts for a few days, a week at most, then back to perfect weather. Which is what Tenerife has for most of the year.


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On the Road Again – USA

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” So saidJack Kerouac, On the Road

We took advantage of the free hotel, the Sheraton Skyline at LHR, and the next morning headed for the long stay car park, which was also courtesy of Archers. It was a quick and easy journey, parked the car, and then took the Virgin flight to Los Angeles. The plane was not overly full and we had a row of seats each to stretch across. This was the first flight food I have had that was bad. People often complain about it, but in general, I find it adequate if not tasty. However, on this occasion I was given a frozen salad and something in a sauce that was unrecognisable. Nonetheless, as I don’t eat much and sleep even less on long haul flights it made little impact.

We have travelled with Archers/Cosmos several times and this was the first tour where we had a shuttle service rather than a private transfer. Once outside the terminal, we met several couples going to same hotel but we were all taken on different buses, ours took just over 30 minutes to get there, but the couple who arrived after us and left in a shuttle before us got to the hotel at the same time. We learnt they had had a very hairy journey! After arriving at our hotel appropriately called the LA in Downtown Los Angeles, we crashed for the night.

People think they know Los Angeles, even if they’ve never been – a land of star struck dreamers, traffic-numbed freeways, and silicone-enhanced bimbos. Notwithstanding that – this is what we found.


The following day saw us set off on a tour of Tinsel town the world’s ‘Capital of Glamour’. It could have been interesting if we had time to stop and stare but our guide, Mark Coop, whistled us past Marilyn Monroe’s house on Doheny Drive, the Rainbow Bar where famous celebs including John Lennon and Alice Cooper would hangout and was where Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio first met on a blind date. We caught a glimpse of El Pollo Loco where Brad Pitt dressed as a chicken worked when he first arrived in Hollywood and managed to snap through the coach window the Beverley Wilshire Hotel, where Richard Gere swept Julia Roberts off her feet in ‘Pretty Woman’. We rushed along Sunset Boulevard, Rodeo Drive and through Beverley Hills, So far what we saw of the supposed glitz and glamour was actually disappointing.

Finally, we stopped for breath at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Like millions of wide-eyed visitors, we saw the hand and footprints of stars in the cement at TCL; no longer Mann’s Chinese Theatre and snapped the Hollywood sign, a symbol of the city that can be seen by peeking through the archways of the Highland Centre, a place filled with eateries. The whole area has made a comeback; the glamour that was not there years ago has, like an aging starlet had a facelift, since our last visit.

Our Tour Director recommended we spend the remainder of our day close to our hotel and checkout the Museum of Contemporary Art and Walt Disney Concert Hall the masterpiece of architect Frank Gehry and home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

After wandering through a ghost town that is Downtown Los Angeles, we found the MOCA was closed on Tuesday’s!


It wasn’t the greatest of starts and a bit like the curates egg some parts of LA were better than I remembered but overall I would not be rushing back.

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Siam Mall – Tenerife

It has taken me a little while after my holidays to get around to visiting the new Siam Mall even though it is just a short distance from home; however, I managed a visit on Friday.

As we were leaving for our holiday, the whole area was a major building site. With talk of it opening on 23rd May. With just over a week to the deadline, I thought there was little chance of it happening, but it did, and as we pulled into the car park on Friday afternoon, we were met with an amazing transformation.

Admittedly, there is still some work going on. Around the boundary, the grounds were being landscaped. The wooden entrance is garish and untreated and looks as if it is in need of being stained to the very dark brown, you associate with buildings in Thailand, but overall the first impression is good.


At the entrance, two golden dragons welcome you. On entering, the shops have slate surrounds, the ceilings are dark and there are dancing fountains and Thai statues throughout, it all looks very classy.

Money has not been spared on attracting some retailers we don´t normally see in the south of the island. Cortefeil, G5 Wear, Massimo Dutti, even Amorino, sit side by side with a huge Zara and Zara Home, H&M, and Stradivarius. Prices like the range of shops are wide and cover all tastes from expensive to cheap.  Whether you want a jeweller or a stylish outfit,  a meal or a delicious ice-cream, even the mundane chemist or a large supermarket, they are all here.

We only spent time on the ground floor, as we needed to do grocery shopping and get home for the girls so I will be leaving the upper level for another day. I understand it is more of the same plus restaurants and from what we could see from the carpark a small amusement park and children’s play area. Looking at the website it seems this is also where events will be held including live music.


Ordinarily I would not be doing my weekly shopping in a mall geared towards tourists but as we were there, I decided to try it. I had been told that the HiperDino supermarket was first-class. I thought the stewing steak looked good and reasonably price, but when I got it home it contained two huge bones that were hidden from view in the packaging (still someone enjoyed them and spent most of Saturday hiding them in different places).

I also wanted a lemon and despite weighing it three times on two different sets of scales the price was €1.65 – needless to say I didn´t buy it. After getting to the checkout with only half the items on my list, the young man, although pleasant, needed training not only on how to use the scanner but also the credit card machine.

Regardless of the beautiful display of fish and meat and despite the relaxing piped music, the overall supermarket experience left me feeling frustrated.

Nevertheless, whilst I wouldn´t go again for food shopping I will certainly be visiting for all the other shops, there is a wide choice in a lovely location so somewhere I will enjoy spending a few Euros, when the mood takes me.

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Fiesta de San Juan

There is something magical about the summer solstice and in Tenerife, people gather on the beach to celebrate.

Midsummer Eve, or as we call it La Noche de San Juan is just another excuse for Tinerfinos to party the night away with music, fireworks and plenty of tradition.


San Juan is about change, it is about fire and water. Fire to purify and water to restore or renew. It is therefore common to see locals jumping over bonfires before plunging into the sea to be cleansed.

Early evening, the people crowd the streets and seafront in Los Cristianos. Families and friends spend the day building bonfires and have picnics sitting round specially decorated holes in the sand where they have placed candles and flowers to capture the magic of the night.


They watch the statue of San Juan being carried down to the harbour, and the sight of so many people stripping off and wandering into the sea after midnight is surreal.


I think most Tenerife blogs would said that the north of the island makes more of this fiesta than the south but last year the major celebration in Puerto de la Cruz did not take place and there was only a small symbolic display. The Baño de Cabras *bathing of the goats) did take place and can be seen in this video however looking at the number of people around (from the small box in the corner at around 2.15 mins mark) it looks a quiet affair when compared to the pictures from Los Cristianos.


The Ayuntamiento of Arona published pictures of 2014 celebrations on Los Cristianos Beach to see more check HERE

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Alcala – Tenerife

One Wednesday, it was overcast but looking across the sea in a westerly direction it appeared sunny so we decided to go to Alcala, which is between San Juan and Puerto de Santiago.  I like this town and have mentioned it several times in my Tenerife blogs.

We parked where we knew we could usually get a slot, close to the sea and beside the Gran Meliá Palacio Hotel. Despite the luxurious 5 star complex, Alcala is still very much a fishing village where colourful boats paint a romantic picture against the backdrop of harsh coast and the town is filled with small local businesses rather than chain stores.

We walked along the seafront towards town on the way passing the fishing wharf that is used for sunbathing by those who don´t want sand in their toes. The sea is calm here although further round the coast it remains wild and is ideal for surfers. In the years we have been visiting, we have seen stone steps and a ladder added making access into the water easy. There were workmen on this visit upgrading the pathway that starts the walk around the coast and others were hanging bunting in readiness for the next fiesta.

To get to the bustling plaza you pass a natural beach. This is popular with locals who can be found enjoying a refreshing dip or just sunning themselves and although tiny, it does have modern shower facilities.

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image / Turismo de Tenerife

Then on to the square where there are a couple of nice little bars that are always busy, as they are perfect for people watching.

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As you get closer to the hotel the pathway has been widened, edged and paved with different surfaces including boarding, paving slabs, gravel and prettified with shiny stainless steel railings and futuristic seating. Since the hotel was built there is now a nice beach bar, but having a coffee here is double what you pay in the plaza. A number of natural swimming pools, filled daily by the sea and three small black sand beaches and coves, that look even blacker when wet and were not there until the end of 2013. This area used to be almost inaccessible rock dropping into the sea and although it has altered dramatically, the uninterrupted views out to La Gomera are still breathtaking.

Taking the coastal path is an easy stroll, but gets more difficult once the paved walkway ends past the hotel and the old track twists and turns its way across a rough footpath through Varadero and on towards Los Gigantes in the distance. However, as we were only wearing flip-flops it would be foolhardy to continue our journey.  Perhaps another day.

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Return to the West – USA

We first visited the USA in the 1970s and have returned many times since. Until starting this blog, I would have said we much prefer the east to the west coast; nevertheless, we are now taking a trip to the west because our daughter wants to see some of those iconic places that everyone speaks of.

We last made a west coast trip when photos were on film so to recapture the memories we have to look through albums. Hence, the images in this blog are taken from old photographs and there are only a few because we are bad at keeping things in order so these are what I spotted as I flicked through some albums.

We started in LA and I remember hating it. Wondered where I had landed because the lingo of choice was Spanish not English! We must have been brave as we picked up a car from the airport and hit the horrendous traffic without a second thought. The start of our journey was not great – we saw the Hollywood sign, Beverley Hills and the Walk of Fame at Mann’s Chinese Theatre. I thought it was all either tacky, OTT glitzy or scruffy and felt unsafe.


We headed across the Mojave towards Palm Springs. That felt false, which of course it is, and was full of old people. We will probably enjoy more now as we are part of the required ‘not quite pushing up daisies’ age group. Nevertheless, things improved as we drove south to Tombstone a historic western city, which we loved. Had a drink in Big Nose Kates saloon, saw where the Gunfight at the OK Corral took place, which wasn´t in a corral but in a boarding house, and toured the town in a stagecoach. I remember we were surprised at how modern it was back in the late 1800s with its football pitch and electric streetlights.

We then swung north to Phoenix where we bought Stetsons and cowboy boots and on to the Grand Canyon. We took a flight through the canyon which was superb, so this time I am looking forward to a helicopter to get even closer, and there was no Skywalk bridge so that will be a first.

We finally arrived at Las Vegas. You can´t visit the area without stopping at these places, and one man’s tack is another’s must see. For Jim and me it was total tack, for Kate it is close to the top of her Must Sees. I lost $20 in the Luxor casino, saw a show in the Golden Nugget, and passed the drive through “Chapel O’ Love” where weddings were taking place even at night.


Onwards through Death Valley, where I bought a silver cigarette lighter cover in a mining ghost town then a stopover at Mammoth Lakes. It was early June and I thought the authorities had forgotten to remove the road signs, which advised ‘Take your Chains’. Next morning, 3 feet of snow met us outside the door and we were thankful for the cowboy boots and jeans we had bought. We were supposed to be going to Yosemite National Park but because we had a hire car and no chains, we ended up in Reno, 300 miles before the traffic cops would let us do a left turn! This time round, we may get to see Yosemite.

Next, San Francisco, it was everything I had hoped for, from the kitsch of Fisherman’s Wharf, to the trolley bus rides. From Alcatraz to the Painted Ladies and of course Chinatown and Pier39.

The next part isn´t included in our new trip, once we have been to San Francisco, we fly home. However, to round off our original visit, after the hustle and bustle we headed down Route 1 stopping at Big Sur, Carmel, and Monterey. I fell madly in love with sea otters in the Monterey Bay Aquarium and think of them each time I pick up my key ring. Had lunch in Cannery Row and felt we had stepped back in time to a town in a John Steinbeck novel. Visited Hearst Castle the breath-taking home of Randolph Hearst on whom the film Citizen Cain was based, and finally back to LA.

It will be interesting to see how things have change, if my memories are true and if I like places now that I hated then and vice versa

All the images that have my Red Queen logo are mine, those without I have had to take from the internet although I have little doubt if I searched long and hard I would find a lot more of ours tucked away in tins, boxes and albums. :-)

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How Time Flies

At this time 45 years ago today, Jim and I tied the knot.  Most people thought it wouldn’t last as we had only known each other two weeks before deciding to get married.  Ah well we are still going strong!  Here’s to the next few years however long they may be.

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