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Fun Facts About Santa Cruz
Happy Saturday!!! I am in such a great mood today - got a chance to chat with my bestie Cuz in Santa Cruz de Tenerifel!!
We haven't spoken in well over a week and the stuff is piling up for me to chat with her about!! It wasn't a long conversation but it was a slight fix lol.
My day started off with fixing up my house and getting the kiddies and dog out of the house for a showing early this morning. We grabbed a quick breakfast at Dunkin Donuts (Punkin too - a nice, plain bagel!) and then headed back home.
The weather report has been talking up a huge winter storm for this weekend, but when I checked this morning, it appears that the forecast might have changed to just rain. I'm relieved because I really didn't want to be clearing snow this weekend.
Additionally, we have plans for tomorrow to go into Queens (Astoria) to have lunch with my friend Sophia and her delightful daughter, Lyla. I was concerned that a snow storm would prevent us from traveling. But, so far, so good. Things are looking clear!!
If you haven't already, read all about Tanya's day in Gran Canaria yesterday and the wonderful pictures she took!
As for today, she is exploring Tenerife. A few facts about this particular Canary Island, for which Tanya will be back tomorrow to tell you all about her first-hand experience today.
Fun Facts About Santa Cruz Tenerife
Well, have a fab day!
My day in Gran Canaria
Greetings from Santa Cruz de Tenerife! Which I’ve always known just as Tenerife. But now we know better.
As my usual routine, I am about to head out and explore then I will share all my findings and feelings with you in the Daily Scoop tomorrow.
So as for today let’s take a peek at what our day was like on the Island of Gran Canaria…
FUN FACT - Despite the name - the islands were not named after canaries - the Canary Islands is actually where the cute little chirping birds (Canaries) actually got their name. The Canary Island being one of the locations where these little birds originated.
Starting our day we headed out to Puerto de Mogan which is one of the most popular and loveliest yet smallest resort areas on the island. Also known as little Venice, because of all the canals. And being that it was a Friday (so I was told, because I really have no idea what day it is), there is a weekly market that is held in Puerto de Mogan on Fridays and this small little town was seriously bustling!
We initially strolled through the crowds and then I made my escape!
I had previously read about some staircase that leads up to a view point yet it wasn’t until I saw these stairs going up had I even remembered such a thing. I’m sure glad that I remembered, otherwise I’m certain that I would’ve been upset with myself for forgetting and not going. But since we climbed up to the top of this picturesque residential staircase, snapped away taking pictures and caught all of the views that the said viewpoint has to offer and without any other tourists. I was quite happy!
Once we made our way back down and into town I caught glimpse of a sign that would lead up to the actual viewpoint. But around maybe 1/2 way up we had realized that the view was the same. Only we got to enjoy ours without other people. SCORE
So we opted to spend our time more wisely and walk around the Harbor.
During our stroll we had come across a baker selling a variety of breads at the market. I decided to take a quick look to see if he had any Bretzels…and low and behold he not only had Bretzels but also a few vegan sweet treats!! Lucky us!
After a lovely afternoon in Puerto de Mogan, we made our way to the famous dunes of Maspalomas.
And all of a sudden it was like we were in the Sahara! Well this is just about he closest I plan to come to it…we are 90ish miles from the coast of the Western Sahara and one in every 3 grains of sand here at Maspalomas originated from the Sahara.
I took my shoes off and got sand between my toes. The sand was much softer than I had expected. This was way more than enough sand for little ol’ me. I can’t even begin to imagine what being out in the middle of the Sahara Desert would be like.
Towards the mid afternoon we had made our way back to Las Palmas and then did a hop on hop off bus tour since we allowed our curiosity to get the best of us. We sat up top and had the wind in our hair. as we caught glimpses of the sights in Las Palmas.
Eventually hopping off at the historical section of the city named the Veguta, where there is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets and tiny squares, as well as Plaza Santa Ana facing the Cathedral Santa Ana with it’s impressive 19th century neoclassical Roman columns.
This was my favorite part of Las Palmas and if I ever make my way back here I'll be sure to explore this area some more!
Now I'm off to go explore Tenerife,