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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:46 pm 
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So the walk coming off the pathway from the Dorada beach

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then picking the pathway which runs up the side of the Hesperia

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Halfway up the path and on the left is some tennis courts, I understand they are owned by the Princessa Yaiza, next to it and beyond is a children's centre owned by the same hotel

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as we reach the top we come to a car park shared by the Hesperia, with other parking, the main entrance to the hotel is on the right

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the play centre has some reserve parking

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and also used by the Princessa Yaiza

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so I cross the car park and walk up to the main road, which crosses at the top

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look to the left and it goes into Playa Blanca town about 15 minutes away

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dead opposite at this cross road is a Hiperdino supermarket

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across the junction and dead opposite is the road, with the Bahia Blanca Rock complex (which has now been completely refurbished since and now has become the White Suites), further down that long road is the Sun Park and the Sun Royal complexes

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and the road to town

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but just ahead, to the right, is the well place Lanzarote Princess hotel

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as I reached the road, the Lanzarote Princess is not too far off the main road, which is handy from the Dorada Beach, Town and the Marina

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just had a quick look in the main entrance, they have their own car park

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so back on the road to town, with the Lanzarote Princess to my right

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and approaching the Papagaya Centre on the opposite side on my left (not to be confused with Papagaya which is 1.5 miles away)

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I will go into the Papagayo Centre on my way back

opposite the centre is the back entrance to The Lanzarote Princess

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and their quick way down to the sea and beach, just 3 minutes away and 10 minutes to the centre of town

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so now just passed the Papagayo Centre

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and looking down the road, one can see the outskirts of the town

with the town's church on our left and opposite the Royal China and the Atlantico Restaurant, the latter getting good TA reviews, but I didn't try it

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Then a block of shops and restaurants including Little Italy restaurant

and the Santander Bank and cash machine

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more mini markets, shops and restaurants as we approach the town's centre

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on the other side of the road, the restaurants who's fronts look over the sea also have entrances on the roadside and here is Playa Blanca largest taxi rank
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oposite the taxi rank was the well known Lastminute.com travel agents,( now First Minute) that do tours they are in the dip next to Sandra's

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opposite under the balcony here, is Romantica Restaurant, highly recommended on TA but pricey, i did eat with them at their old premises some years ago

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and this point the main road leaves the coast and the town becomes pedestrianised

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so up the High St, don't think google has got here, big Spar supermarket on the right

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with the new Mexican restaurant on the corner, that used to be Romanica's premises

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other places in their side street

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but continuing up the High St. I'm having trouble with the sunlight :lol!:

so struggling to photograph the otherside but did it looking back here

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but I head on up the street

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some of the shops are closed for siesta

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I used these guys for exchange about 8 years ago, found them to be ok but you lose a euro from their board price outside.

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How, well it works like this :lol!: the board says 1.21 no commission. Eight years ago, I had traveller's cheques and cash, so I went along with £100 cash and was given 1 euro less. I questioned it and the answer was, that rate is for travellers cheques only. So the next night I changed a travellers cheque and again was given one euro less. " Im one euro short", "Oh that rate is for cash", "Excuse me, last night you said the euro rate was for travellers cheques and now it's cash", I was given my one euro :lol!:


This year I was give the 1.20 and queried it, "Oh that's for travellers cheques sir", "Oh still working that one are you", However, the rate was no worse that any of the others and I did get 2 euro's back off the Honey Rum, as I was only charged 9 euro's for two bottles :lol!:

I am are not far from the harbour now, and a TA member said how he had been ripped off by a camera shop and wanted someone to take a photo of the place, he also said the bar opposite was owned by them and also wanted a photo of it, anything to oblige :lol!:

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so here i am, more or less at the end of the High St

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and plenty of these side alleys to reach the promenade and restaurants

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saw a Lotus watch in the window unpriced, that i had previously seen it an up market store calle Fund Grube priced at 129 euros with a further 10% discount. An assistant came running out to help :lol!: "How much is that watch", and pointing at it. 300 euro's sir, "Well just down the road they are selling it for 116". Impossible sir, it can't be the same watch". "Well I beg to differ with you go and look for yourself" :lol!:

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so now its pick your favourite restaurants really

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nice apartments lookng over the sea, no idea what they are like or if they are private

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someone on TA once said, of here, I was served by the most rudest man in town :lol!: never tried them, so i can't comment

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a drinking place with an English name :lol!:

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we had a beer here about 11.30am two years ago when it was a cloudy morning, although there was plenty of room, we were presented with a bill, unasked for by me near the lunchtime, so for that we didn't eat there and I have a long memory :lol!:

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a shop for Meg :lol!:

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This year's favourite restaurant for us, given for price and quality

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tucked away is this italian restaurant with the nice view from the balcony if you can get it, didn't try it this year as it seemed expensive for what we had last time

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the Tipico Canario wasn't bad for price either

and Jumbo's chinese which we didn't use this year and they were a lot quieter, they use to have staff outside badgering you but that seems to have all stopped now, new laws have been introduced which seem to be working

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The new Fund Grube upmarket store built two years ago

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So now lastly on to the Papagaya Centre and it's few restaurants around it

it contains Molly's irish bar

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the Jungle cocktail bar which had live entertainment each night and more people in there this year, a Burger King above it and a small resto next to it

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I had not been up here before and it was on 4 levels

as you can see a few bars and restaurants incuding a fish and chip shop

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also Wax's bar, this is the place to go for live football and scores, they had about six TV linked into every match going including the teleprinter scores

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at the top was a sports bar but didn't go inside but nice view :lol!:

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finally the Princesa Yaiza, snack bar which I have previously commented on

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so that's my town tour, shall we go around again lol


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