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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:43 pm 
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Day 8, Sunday

from looking at Fuerteventura through the camera lens it was looking the clearest day so far and I was itching to go back up the volcano to get some new shots with my camera

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Also there is a famous cake shop down at Faro Park that everybody talks of that I wanted to investigate. Mrs Db was going to have a morning around the pool, whilst I attempt this year to get to the volcano by the no 30 bus.

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so it was a walk up to the roundabout from the marina to the bus stop

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I had already spotted the bus stop times the previous day

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The buses run to time here, as there is no traffic or rush hour

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I had arranged to be back to Mrs Db for lunchtime and set off early, well 10am lol

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I asked the driver to call out the nearest stop but he didn't, but it was fairly obvious

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I recognised the Paradise Island hotel from the previous trip

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then it is was basically head for the volcano, which has several paths all leading into the same direction

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I ended up heading down this road

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which sort of came into the volcano pathway a little way up lol

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There was no one ahead of me, which makes it good for photographs

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so just sit back and see the walk

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looking down the pathway, there was a party coming up, which would get in the way of the view and the same people would be always in the shots

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So this will give you an idea of what shoes to wear

I'll take a picture every so often

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Hey, what's happened to my little red stone I placed here 3 years ago

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and where did he come from lol

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he's obviously not puffing as much as me

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here we are at the top, wasn't too bad was it lol, shot as the scene from the film 2001 lol

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and the little white box

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now the views, little disappointed with the angle of the sun and the strong wind blowing, which makes it difficult to hold the camera steady sometimes, I think late afternoon would be better with the sun much lower

so a sweep across from the back of PB to the sea, I do have panoramic pictures which dont help the text, so will do some seperately and link them in for those that can view them

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walking around on the top

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and what it looks like inside the crater

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down below the Rubicon Palace

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I think this is the Natura Palace

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so heading towards the lighthouse end, I needed to move on to the highest point

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shots of Fuerteventura wasn't in favour today, due to the bright sunlight

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Last time I missed Faro Park, where a lot of villa's are for rent but you really need a car for that location

This is where the famous cake shop is, that I will try and get to, if I have time

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now could I save time and get inside the cake shop from here lol

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well at the highest point now, but no Hillary Tenzing book to sign here

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It's really stunning up here

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the last block of villa's at the very end

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then passed the piles of stones from walkers leaving their mark

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a quick walk down to the basement lol

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I don't know the sentiment behind this one but I hope my Rodney's feeding himself ok whilst we are away lol

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Then it that the quicker way going down lol

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Now, if I was going to have lunch with Mrs Db, I would have to forget Faro Park and perhaps go another day but after my descent I came out to the bus stop at the Natura Palace, only to find I had just missed a bus to town, with another 25 minute wait.

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So I popped over the otherside of the road to see what time the bus ran to Faro Park and one was due any minute. I quickly texted Mrs Db and said, "I'm going to Faro Park and perhaps have a cake there" but Mrs Db would have a snack in the pool bar, so sorted

so here I am at Faro Park, looking for a cake lol

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I went up and down twice looking for the cake shop but couldn't spot it, I even went into a supermaket asking for the famous cake shop, she pointed to a fridge at the front

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even thought of texting Jomark but it was his last day here

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Then I saw the Lighthouse which has internet and printers facilities, not to be confused with the Lighthouse itself lol

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I saw the turkey baguette

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I think I ordered a christmas turkey thing but the lady said, "we only have one table left love", "can I have it then", I replied, "You go and sit down love and I'll tell you when it's ready". I sat at the table and others were being called and they all came back with big dinners. Suddenly I saw a notice outside. :shock:

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TEXT to Mrs Db, I think I have just ordered Christmas dinner :shock: Lucky you came the reply, I haven't had anything yet.

Well fortunately it was a carvery and you could help yourself to the potatoes etc, If I was an ex pat I would eat here every Sunday but the question was, could I eat this and still eat out tonight lol

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Across the table I spoke to two ex pats, asking them if they knew of the cake shop, "yes, just two stores down", came the reply. How did I miss it twice :oops:

I did ask the guy if he was Lanzalocal but I didn't get the same luck as Mrs Whickers :oops:

The couple had lived here for a few years and I asked if they liked the life and they said, "the first few years was nice here" but are now looking for a second place in the UK as they miss certain things over in the UK

Anyway rather full, the couple did suggested that I walk back from the lighthouse, to burn it all off and perhaps buy Mrs Db a cake :shock:

Anyway, here it is

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too full to buy a cake I approached the three ladies and said can I take pictures

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"what for", they said, well just to show the forum a lady arranged them together and said, "you really should comeback at 8am when the counters are loaded"

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anyway I said farewell to Faro Park and headed for the bus stop

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a flat rate fare

and now heading back to Mrs Db, with the old proverb of "you can't have a cake or eat it too" ringing in my ears

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Mrs Db hadn't eaten anything, so I went to the apartment bar and ordered her a chicken toasted sandwich, well what else could I do

I think Mrs Db might fancy a cruise next year, just to keep me in lol, no sunset today it had clouded over :shock:

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tonight we ate in the Tipico Canario on the harbour front

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I had chicken cordon bleu, lovely light batter around it (lucky for me)

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Mrs Db had peppered steak with the sauce in a separate bowl

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The house red was 9.25 euro's an nice evening

End of Day 8

Day 9, Monday

a bit of a wind today, not a beach day

a bigger disaster, the new jar of marmalade I bought turned out to be peach marmalade, well they looked the same on the jar :shock:

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the Armas ferry was getting a bit of a spray on it's front

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but an easy choice to go for a walk

so on the way, heading towards papagaya

a crazy golf working

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having done the walk i have it cut short

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but we are heading to the AI hotels area in the distance

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so turning left here

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passed the Dream Castillo

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cycle hire here if you need it

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just next to the cafe, there is an archway into a square, with a cafe in it which is run by Ropers which is now changed to a Hyperdino

We walked right to the back of town but apart from missing and cracked drain covers, there was nothing exciting to report

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Then it was a sheltered spot at Lani's snack bar

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a chicken burger for me, not going to have their bacon lol

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Mrs Db had another toastie

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and the piranhas below finished the rest of my roll

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I spent the rest of the afternoon watching Harry Potter and the black bellied prince or something like that lol

This evening we were going to try Cervantes in the high st, opposite the church, it would be less windy

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I had fillet steak with peppered sauce and my steak cut like butter, delicous

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Mrs Db has beef stroganoff, and the beef was fillet steak cut up, excellent, she said

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a lovely meal

and end of day 9

Day 10, Tuesday

batten down the hatches, it's not a beach day :shock:

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as far as I'm aware, Fred Olsen was the only one to do a run, Thomson tours to Fureteventura had been cancelled

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The red flag was out on the beaches

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so going into town for a walk

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half the town's beach had got washed away

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quite windy on the front

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one of the exchange places, here is their little notice in place today for the 1.19 rate only applying to travellers cheques lol

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Now where is Las Brisas, it's by the bus garage, lets go and look for that

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Suddenly a lady leaped out from nowhere, are you British and friendly, well yes, don't worry I'm not selling you anything, we are doing a special promotion and you might win a bottle of champagne or something, as she scatched off two tickets as she gave them to us. lol I of course had 4 flags the top prize but poor Mrs Db didn't win at all.

my ticket lol

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Mrs Db

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notice the bar that goes straight across the "if remove void box" on mine, whereas Mrs Db losing ticket the bar stops at the "void box" lol which indicates a winning ticket to the provider, don't get caught out with this timeshare stuff

Now the Las Brisas apartments, reception was closed

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so I had a peek in

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for lunch, we went back to the mexican restaurant as we knew they had proper windows looking out to sea. Notice no ferries and haven't seen any since Fred Olson went off this morning

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the weather seemed to be getting worse but the menu lol

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I went for a burger, as I fancied a change lol

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well the one at Barney's was IMO better

Mrs Db had another toastie and this resto just didnt do it for us this year

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a poor fishing boat was making for shelter in the marina from the harbour, I wouldn't want to be on that for all the tea in China

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now this year, the Bahia Rock had a big refurbishment done andis now called the White Suites, so Delboy wanted to investigate as it's now classified as an adult boutique style hotel

I had passed the entrance earlier in the holiday

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it looked good but Mrs Db didn't want to go in lol

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look if your interested in it, you need to see it first hand, "hi i'm delboy, i may be interested in booking next year could I have a look around and do you have a brochure". We only have the website at the moment Mr Delboy as we have only been open for three weeks, but please look around, "thank you miss"

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looked nice

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Thos Cook are one of their operators at the mo

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I was quite impressed

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so, will bear this one in mind for the future

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but it won't have a sea view and some apartment will likely overlook the road

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on the way back, the amazing hedges of the Princesa Yaiza down the side

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back on the front it hadn't improved, so back to town lol

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Now Mrs Db, will it be caramel vodka or honey rum lol

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so it was evening and we decided to go to Lani's, as the weather was rotten

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there was a lady singer as entertainment

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whilst four girls outside, braved it and ordered a meal lol

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a nice evening

and end of day 10

Day 11, Wednesday

The weather looks worse this morning Mrs Db, no Fred Olsen this morning, we both thought Fred had got one trip in at 6pm last night and went back to Fureteventura 15 minutes later

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so I went on the internet, 1 euro per 20 minutes in the apartments

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I just read something about a boat running aground around the Lanzarote Park area, do you fancy going Mrs Db, "is it far", she asked, no only on the headland passed the harbour, "well alright", she said

oh, no red flag up yet lol

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oh, the prom has been sealed off

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well I think I will go back and read my kindle, said Mrs Db but you go ahead a check it out lol

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wow, it doesn't even give you 10 seconds to get through, if you wanted to lol

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this is just a camera man's delight, never seen it like this before

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ok, it's round the road then lol

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the poor town beach is nearly washed away :shock:

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and although this area is not as severe as the other area, i was concerned in keeping my camera dry

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I went down as far as the Timanfaya Palace, just to check out a mast without a sail but the shoreline but it turned out to be a flag pole

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I didn't see any boats moving today

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a guy had a surf board on Dorada beach

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In the afternoon I watched two good films, when you get to my age you forget the titles and within three weeks you can't remember seeing the films lol

lunch was in the apartment bar, where Mrs Db had a tuna baguette which looked really nice

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I had a toastie and we shared the chips

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Tonight we were going to Cervantes, as it is away from the wind and warm inside

I was going to try the T-Bone steak for 14 euro's, the same meal in Lani's was 21 euro's lol

I kid you not it was massive lol

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Mrs Db had the fillet steak in peppercorn sauce, which she said was lovely

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house red was 10 euro's what another wonderful meal finished with coffee's

end of Day 11

Day 12, Thursday

It's calming down a bit Mrs Db

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Fred Olsen is working, I haven't seen Armas yet

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after a long morning in the apartment, we decided to go into town

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so it was coffee in the Le Brisas, a bit like looking out on Eastbourne prom on a November day lol

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after coffee, we had a wander around, as it was too early for lunch, I noticed these cocktails for 4.75 euro's, although "sex on the beach" wasn't very appealing at the moment

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The glassbottom boat is going out lol

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and good luck to them lol

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Fred Olsen is coming in again

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it was swaying some what, as it reversed in with those heavy lorries

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people discussing the beach or lack of it not sure whether the beach will recover, surely they must have had worse storms than this

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anyway, we decided to go undercover in the Brisa Marina again for lunch

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I had the toastie

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Mrs Db had the unhealthy burger lol

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so now heading back to the apartment the beach is deserted

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I noticed one of the large yachts, previously inside the marina, was outside sitting out in the waves :shock:

now if it stays out there and we ever get another sunset, that would be good in the foreground

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So now back on our balcony, I noticed a small dingy going out

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suddenly, the biggest cruiser I have ever seen, is being escorted to the harbour

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could it be Abramovich

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or some soul trying to avoid listening to the new Cliff Richard Christmas single lol

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the cruiser stood outside the marina for 20 minutes or so, whilst they tried to make room for it to get in and the tall sailing ship outside must have had to move out of the way

finally it goes in and Delboy grabs his camera to go and investigate who is coming in
conversations between yacht'ers tell me, it is some London stockbroker and the boat is registering London

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I noticed one of the marina ladies seemed to be heavily involved in the organisation of mooring etc, so I went over and asked her lol

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Oh we never know who owns the boats, she replied ......hmm but within 15 minutes on the internet, I found out the boat was owned by Solomon Lew, an Australian textile billionaire, his company has two boats but of course it could have been on hire

In the meantime I noticed the sun had half come out, so I raced around the marina to get a shot with the boats outside, taking this small yacht first

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the sun was coming out more, now for the big yacht

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heck, it's moving and I'm chasing down the prom, to keep the sun in line lol

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last chance, as it goes in the marina lol

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tonight we would eat in the Volcan de Timanfaya for the second time, as the wind had dropped

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I had the fillet steak with rochefort sauce again, it did come out too rare for me but no problem, they cooked it a bit more for me and re-added the sauce

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Mrs Db had the mixed kebab with different meats

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both were very nice and we pondered whether tomorrow we would have better weather

End of Day 12

Day 13, Friday

It's looking better Mrs Db, both ferries are running

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It's a beach day for us and the green flag is flying lol

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The rows of chairs are going out again

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however, Dorada beach has taken a battering as well, down one end

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clearly there has been sand washed away at the tide end

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the rest of the lower part of the beach was more undulating and had shells and fine shingle that was not there before but it will level out

but in general not too bad at all

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but the sea is now calm again

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lunch was at Barney's again for one of his quality burgers lol

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The rest of the afternoon was spent on the beach, and when we returned in the evening, we were given the sunsets of all sunset lol

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they just kept coming

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This evening we were going back to Casale Franco's for another pizza

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free starter

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I perhaps should have had something different for the forum but sorry, this pizza is so nice, I was going to have a second one lol

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Mrs Db helps out though, with the Boscalola, a chicken and Parma ham dish which she said was delicious, which we were told by the lady it was one of the most popular dishes ordered

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and we were given a nice lemon liqueur

Lovely evening

which ended with a free full 5 minute firework display from our balcony, with top quality fireworks

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but difficult to photograph, as they are gone before the picture is taken lol

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I enquired the next morning for the reason and was told that, if a restaurant reaches a target in the week they give a firework display

However, reading the hotel reviews, I have since found out, that it was the Launch of the White Suites Hotel opening gala

End of Day 13

Day 14, Saturday

This was an easy one, it was a nice day but a bit windy, we attempted to stay around the pool area and great lumps of cloud kept coming over, making it chilly

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so I popped across the marina to check where the cloud was coming from, as one minute it looked as if we were due for a clear patch but then the clouds merged together

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lunch was a tuna baguette each, in the apartment bar, nice it was lol

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followed by a feast of goals in the Man City v Arsenal match lol

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I then went to Waxs bar, to see all the screens of football and chattted to an ex pat who had lived here for 14 years, do you enjoy it here, I asked, "Oh, yes, the weather is great, no winters here. The only thing he missed was a good English debate which he does get here with the locals.

Soon it was evening , no more sunsets I'm afraid, will the moon do lol

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for our last meal, we decided to go to Cervantes, where we both had the flambe steaks in Cervantes sauce which turned out delicous

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as we walked back to our apartment, the lava was alight on top of the hotel volcan

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End of day 14

Day 15, Sunday going home

Well I woke up at 7am,"listen very carefully, I will do this only once" as I sped off to catch the sun

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I was too early but someone had opened the pirate tower's door

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and here it comes...HERE IT COMES lol

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Anyway, back to the apartment, we were going to have breakfast out, which we ended up in Lani's, as the only cafe open. Their bacon is different at breakfast time, which also included toast and marmalade

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The Soloman Lew boat was leaving as well as us, who was on the boat I asked the waitress, "a famous artist", she replied. Well that could be Van Gogh or even Rod Stewart lol but didn't see any ears floating in the marina

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Soon it was time for the airport and we were picked up on time

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There were long queues at the check in desks, as three flights were using the same desks but I picked the right queue, which went down quickest of all, soon we were on the plane

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and that exit door was looking smaller, if needed, should Mrs Db go out first and pull me through, or should I be kicked out by Mrs Db if I get stuck

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Captain wants to speak to you Delboy

"I hear you have extra leg room Delboy, would you like to sit with me", no but thanks captain, I better sit with Mrs Db, she hasn't seen much of me this holiday lol

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We then reflected on another nice holiday, despite the weather not as good as last year

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Hope you enoyed our virtual holiday as much as we did l


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