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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Rhythm and Harmony

Opening of the Comparsas Rhythm and Harmony Contest

Carnaval Queen of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 

Carnival Queen Candidate in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Maite Tena Bencomo

Fourth Maid of Honour in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Raquel Iboleón Laynez

Part show, part parade and part contest, the Comparsas Rhythm and Harmony Contest held along the Avenida de Anaga in the capital of Tenerife.

Santa Cruz

Striking statue by Borges representing Fecundity in the Parque García Sanabria

Parque García Sanabria

Plaza de los Patos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Plaza de los Patos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Parque Bulevar Shopping Centre

Tranvía de Tenerife

Statue by Italian Sculptor Achille Canessa in the Plaza Weyler

Military Museum

Museo Histórico Militar de Canarias

General Gutiérrez Trouncer of Nelson

The flag of the British frigate, "Emerald", it is said, was found at dawn on 25 July 1797,
in one of the [British] launches tied up on the coast of Santa Cruz.

Inside the courtyard of the Fuerte de Almeyda, the old D-shaped
artillery fort and former barracks near the seafront
 that houses the museum.

The contentious Monumento a la Victoria or Monument to Franco

Friday, 1 March 2019

Opening Parade

In Santa Cruz deTenerife for the Carnival Opening Parade in 2019.

Santo Pecado

Arriving in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, we had lunch at the Santo Pecado Gastrobar

Santo Pecado = Holy Sin

And of course, una Dorada!

While we were in Santa Cruz, we made more than one visit to the Santo Pecado Gastrobar in the plaza opposite the Church of Saint Francis of Assissi in the Calle San Francisco, No 16. It's a lovely little square to sit in that was busy and bustling, but also peaceful and relaxing at the same time. In fact I went to Santo Pecado on my birthday, because they'd already impressed me with their casual food, great service and friendliness and they did not disappoint, bringing me out a special desert with fireworks.

San Cristóbal Castle

Cañón Tigre on display in the San Cristóbal Castle Interpretation Centre
The Cañón Tigre was decisive in the defeat of the English admiral
Horatio Nelson in his attempt to invade Tenerife in 1797

Underneath the Plaza de España in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and marked by the black lines that can be seen in the lake from above, are the ruins of the Castillo de San Cristóbal (Castle of San Cristóbal). Portions of the castle ruins were uncovered during the refurbishment of the plaza carried out by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in 2006 and these ruins are now open to the public via The San Cristóbal Castle Interpretation CentreReading that the centre was to be closed during carnival, we made this our first port of call on this trip.

You don't need to be in the city long before you realise that 25 July is a very important date!

The whole centre is nicely done with information on various historical attacks on the city - not just the English ones, although that always figures strongly in any history of the city and here is no exception - with good English translations.

Remains of the castle walls below ground - Enrique Castrillo Núñez [CC BY-SA 2.5 es]

The shopping street, Calle del Castillo, is named after this fortification that was constructed under the administration of the first Governor of Tenerife, Juan Álvarez de Fonseca, with work begun in 1575. The natural expansion process of the city, together with new military tactics, plunged the building into conditions of degradation that ended with the demolition of the fort in 1928

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Christmas 2018

Look what I found under the Christmas tree!

The now annual ritual of Christmas Jumper Day

Lazy on Christmas Day, probably full of food.