2 July 2017

Absence

Later today we  will be on an aeroplane heading south. We are going here:-
No it's not the surface of Mars. It's Lanzarote - one of the Canary Islands or what Spaniards call Islas Canarias. The name has nothing to do with little yellow birds. Islas Canarias means Islands of the Dogs which in distant centuries may have been a reference to the monk seals or "sea dogs" that dwelt there.

We shall be flying from our local airport - Robin Hood, otherwise known as Doncaster-Sheffield. Air traffic is increasing from Robin Hood and it is going to be really nice leaving from there rather than Manchester, East Midlands or one of the London airports.

We have never been to Lanzarote before. I am not sure it will be my cup of tea but I think the accommodation in Puerto del Carmen will be very good as Trip Advisor reviewers have nearly all given it five star reviews. That's pretty unusual. Here's a view of Aqua Suites:-
I will be taking our laptop and hope to blog from Lanzarote. I shall tell you about my sunburn, food poisoning, why I got thrown in a Spanish jail and the volcanic eruption that is certain to happen while we are there. It's so nice to bobby off on holiday.

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  1. Looks pretty good to me....have yourselves a grand old time. I'm sure you will. :)

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  2. So happy for your getting away to somewhere nice and sunny. Looks like it will have a lot of places where you can explore and learn. Safe trip. Come back soon.

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  3. Flying from 'Robin Hood' sounds so much more exotic than Doncaster-Sheffield. Have a good holiday.

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    1. We shall fly like an arrow from Robin's bow.

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  4. Wow! Just look at that volcano! But maybe not too closely...
    Did you know there is a whistling language on the Canary Islands? I only learned about this last year and the story behind it is fascinating.

    Alphie

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    1. I did not know that Alphie. As we are now packing etcetera, I shall check that out when we get there.

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  5. What a coincidence YP, Lanzarote was one of our favourite places, and we'd go two or three times a year.We always stayed in Puerto del Carmen, at a small development called Puerto Chico, right by the harbour. Some time since we've been, but it was a lovely island, though I think it's been developed since the last time we were there. Very much more unusual than the other Canary islands because of the volcanic landscape. The main tourist attractions are (or were) very different, thanks to the controlling influence of Cesar Manriques, and well worth a visit. You'll already know about them due to your extensive research, but Jamias del Agua was always one of my favourites, and Mirador del Rio has fantastic views. I wonder if the nudist beaches at Papagayo are still there?
    Enjoy !

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    1. I guess that you and your man were regular visitors to Papagayo. I must admit that my research has not been as extensive as usual CG.

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  6. Do you get a reduction in your council tax because you seem to spend so much time away from home?
    Hope you enjoy the holiday and if there still are nudist beaches please display some decorum and keep control!

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    1. Naughty opening question Mrs Weaver!.... No other living beings wear clothes. Why should we humans be any different? Let it all hang out - that's what I say.

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    2. Hermit crabs. Now don't be pedantic!

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    3. Good point Professor!

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  7. Hope you have a lovely relaxing holiday without any of the disasters you have listed. I am sure Brexit and Mrs May will be waiting for you on your return!

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    1. Thanks ADDY. Who is Brexit? Is that Mrs May's cockapoo?

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  8. My daughter is in Turkey at the moment, 42 degrees. Hope its not that hot for you. Enjoy your break.
    Briony
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    1. She's brave to go to Turkey with what has been happening there in the past year.

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  9. Speaking of letting it all hang out, I detected something in your final sentence that was unconsciously, or perhaps not so unconsciously, directed at me: "It's so nice to bobby off on holiday"....I could be mistaken, of course, and that might be just a common phrase among U.K.'ers going on holiday, but as I am the center of my own little universe, I took immediate umbrage and bristled in your direction. (jk)

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    1. Drat! My cunning little sideswipe was detected by my nemesis, the Georgia-based superhero Captain Bobbo!

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  10. I didnt want to come home

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  11. With the activities you listed, I'm sure you'll have a good time. I've heard lot of good reports on the Canary Islands.

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    1. I believe they have been claimed by Captain Trudeau on behalf of Canadian colonists.

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  12. Have a great time, volcano and all! :)

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    1. Talking about volcanoes, how's your head Steve?

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  13. sunburn does not sound pleasant - the rest does! Especially the pool, so inviting! After you said "may not be your cup of tea" I realized it was time for a cup of tea, Thank you! Have a wonderful holiday.

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    1. Thank you Linda Sue. It is just approaching midnight and we are in our lovely suite in Puerto del Carmen. Just had a beer by the pool. Hope you enjoyed your cup of tea.

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  14. I'm a little late in wishing you a smooth flight and a great holiday, but I guess you'll still read it.
    My sister and I will be arriving in Yorkshire on Sunday evening and stay for 1 1/2 weeks. One highlight will be going to the Great Yorkshire Show next Wednesday - I've never been!
    Who knows, maybe next year there will also be a direct flight into Robin Hood from Stuttgart; it would make things a little easier than getting to Ripon all the way from Manchester.

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    1. I hope the weather is kind for you at The Great Yorkshire Show. I also hope you enjoy another happy visit to Yorkshire. Are you staying in Thimble Cottage again?

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