Chaos to Cosmos
The path from chaos to cosmos was discovered by telling one's life story

Tuesday, 27 September 2016


Lowman Green, Lowman Bridge and the Clock Tower and 
"Edward the Peacemaker", the Statue of King Edward VII on Lowman Bridge

The more usual view from the bridge over the River Exe

Bridge Guest House

View of the River Exe from the Bridge Guest House

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Swan Fountain

Fuente de la Cisne (Swan Fountain) in the Plaza de la Iglesia de Nuestra Señora
de la Peña de Francia
in Puerto de la Cruz, which dates to 1900.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Mount Teide

The iconic vista of Mount Teide with the Roque Cinchado

This was as close as we got to the cable car as the queues were too long

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Hotel Monopol

The Hotel Monopol in Puerto de la Cruz is justly famous for it's wonderfully exotic patio, with its original wooden balconies and typical central courtyard, filled with palm trees and plants.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Taganana & Santa Cruz

Plaza de España (Santa Cruz de Tenerife)

Playa de Las Teresitas

Playa del Roque de las Bodegas, Taganana

Playa del Roque de las Bodegas, Taganana

Monday, 19 September 2016

Jardín Botánico

The Jardín Botánico in Puerto de la Cruz (Puerto de la Cruz Botanical Garden),
or to give it it's proper name, 
Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava.

The 200 year old Ficus macrophylla at the Jardín Botánico

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) that is a symbol of the Canary Islands.

A quiet avenue leading to a statue of the garden's founder, Alonso de Nava-y-Grimón (1757-1832)

Chocolate mousse log thing at the nearby Cafe El Aderno

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Mens High Heels Marathon

This extremely popular obstacle race in Puerto de la Cruz is open to anyone (generally male), provided they can pass the test at inscription, which requires that their platform or heel measure more than 15 cm. In old money, that’s 5.9 inches, coincidentally (or maybe not) exactly the same length as the average adult erect penis, according to a study conducted by LifeStyles Condoms.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Summer Carnival

Parade announces the opening of the first Puerto de la Cruz Summer Carnival 2016

Carnival costumes on display in the local hotels

Preparations for the music and dancing and open air bars

Our own carnival preparations: a bit of shopping.

Typical carnival weather arriving

In the Café de París in Puerto de la Cruz for afternoon Kaffee und kuchen

Puerto de la Cruz decided to have a Summer Carnival for the first time in 2016, which conveniently coincided with the trip we'd already planned. Part of their reason for having this 'carnival lite' in summer was to bring it to more tourists - and maybe tempt them to come for carnival proper in February - and partly to have better weather for carnival. So, of course, the clouds began to gather and sat there over the town for the entire three days or so, being menacing. 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Puerto de la Cruz

View inland from the roof of the Hotel Monopol in Puerto de la Cruz

View over the Plaza de la Iglesia from the roof of the Hotel Monopol

View from the roof of the Hotel Monopol

View from the roof of the Hotel Monopol

In the The Ranilla District in Puerto de la Cruz

... where there was a local religious procession in progress.