Monday, November 11, 2019

Last weeks

We're in Slovenia at the moment, visiting our families. We're returning to Lanzarote tomorrow. We've tried to spend as much time as possible with our families and friends, but unfortunately two weeks are not enough for everything we hoped we would be able to do.

While we were on Lanzarote it might have looked like we were just driving around and having fun, but we also did some actual work on the boat. The biggest project was resealing the big panoramic window that started leaking earlier this year. We removed the old sealant with the most fitting tools we had - carpet knife, several small screw drivers, and a manicure set. It took a while to scrape everything out, then we smoothed the groove with sand paper, vacuumed it and cleaned it with isoprophynol.
And then the new sealant got in.
Since it very seldom rains here, we tested it with the water from the hose and - yippie! no water came inside of the boat. And it also looked much better than before.

Before our departure we had some cloudy days and even a little bit of rain. But the days were still perfect for long walks. On one of those days we walked towards the Playa Papagayo on the SW corner of the island.
There were people swimming and children playing in the sea, but I only managed to get into the water knee-high. Maybe if it was sunny that day, and water had a degree or two more...

We wanted to rent a car to drive to the airport on the day of our departure, but we ended renting it for almost three days, because every following day is much cheaper than the first. So we explored the island some more.

This is the NW corner of the island with new and old light house.
It looked like even those few drops of rain on previous days made vegetation greener and many plants started to bloom.

The sea looked relatively calm, only on shallows was the swell visible.
We tried to drive on yet untravelled roads and came by this is the mine with red and black gravel.
We drove by Femara cliffs again and discovered couple of caves just below the peaks. It looks like people used them in the past and also made the walls and the floor smoother and more levelled.
This is one of the entrances.
In the afternoon we stopped in Haria in restaurant La Puerta Verde for a dessert. I'm already fan of gofio, that we had some days earlier in Caleta de Femarra, and when I saw they had a gofio dessert here, I had to try it. The base was a layer of local honey with almonds and gofio crumble, on top was gofio ice cream, coverd with gofio mousse and sprinkled with more gofio crumble. It was to die for, maybe the best dessert I've ever eaten. And even better if you pair it with local sweet wine.
On our way back we drove through the middle of the island through the lava field.
Next day we decided we would do the Timanfaya tour that we wanted to do for some time now and always found some reason to postpone it. On our way there we saw a bus that drives around the craters - you are not allowed to drive around the area in your car.
But even though it was Monday, there was many cars at the entrance waiting to get in. So once more we drove on and the tour is again postponed. Instead we drove to Volcan del Cuervo and did a hike around it. It is a fairly recent volcano, not even 300 years old.
The surroundings are pretty wild looking as well.

In many rocks there are olivine stones.
Part of the rim of caldera was blown away during the eruption so one can get into the caldera easily.
This is part of the blown away rim, it's laying couple of hundreds of meters away.
Inside there are rocks of many colours and shapes and it looks like the eruptions must have happened only just yesterday.

And amongst it lots of olivine...
It was a great hike and volcano was very much worth the effort, even on a really hot sunny day.

After the good lunch in a small restaurant in one of the villages and a short visit to El Griffo vinery we drove on through the wine country. I love this house covered with bougainvillea plant.
The vines sitting each in their own balcony are so pretty.

Sometimes they sit in the bottom of the hole in the volcanic sand.
Nearby was also this pretty hill.
I can't get tired of all these colours and shapes and volcanoes. When we return we'll need to do some more sight seeing, and we definitely have a Timanfaya tour on the agenda, as well as another visit to Puerta Verde in Haria to have some more of that heavenly gofio desert.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Lanzarote - part 4

One of the prettiest plants must have been this gorgeous one from Madagascar.
We discovered some funny art in the toilets - this was the whole wall mural sign for ladies...
...and this for gents.
More blooming cacti in gorgeous colours.
Captain wanted to be photographed next to these big "seats".
And again one with polka dots.
On the East edge of the garden there is a wind mill. Of course we had to climb up there.
This is the view from the wind mill to the East. There are fields of cacti everywhere. It is not aloe vera, so I'm not sure what it's used for.
The wind mill was in perfect condition...
...even inside all the mechanisms were still in working order. Captain of course had to check. Regardless of his enthusiasm of the cacti I think that for him this was a true highlight.
We got a bit tired and hungry and sat down in the restaurant there. They had some interesting tapas and prices were not very high. My fish with Canary potatoes and mojo was delicious, Captain's Cactus burger was also good, but looked better than it tasted.
While we were eating, a little bird stopped by, probably to see if there would be some left overs.
It wasn't very shy, and nor was this lizard with turquoise pattern on it's side.
After the lunch we strolled around the garden some more...

I could easily spend more time there or go back any day. It was fantastic, very well worth the entrance fee.

After the cactus garden we were so full of images and forms and colours, we decided we'll leave the Timanfaya visit for some other day. You can't pack too much stuff into one day. So we decided to just drive around for a while. We drove further North and came to the white beaches. They are very popular and the contrast of white sand and black rocks really looks nice.
Our next stop was town of Orzola. We came just in time to see ferry from Isla Graziosa pull into the port.
To the North of town there are high cliffs...
...and the surfing beach which we needed to check out. There weren't many surfers in the water, but people were swimming, or at least tried to get into the water in big surf.
From Orzola we again took the back roads to Haria. We didn't stop there, but drove South up the hill on a scenic road - parts are dug into the lava (this is Haria looking back from top of the hill)...
... and we found the place where the trees are growing! This might be the only place where they don't need to water them. I'm guessing that we also saw the reason - there were misty clouds rising from the North along the cliffs and they probably bring just enough moisture for the trees to survive.
On the top of the hill we took the dirt road and were trying to find a picnic area. In all that clouds we missed the crossing and ended at the edge of the Femara cliffs.
Down there is Caleta de Femara where we ate the day before and the sandy beach with surfers.
Some people were climbing down this part and into the overhangs below. We didn't even want to get very close to the edge, it all looked very crumbly and unstable.
Or as Captain said - there's 30km to the place down there by car - or one wrong step.
It was a great place with incredible views, and best part was we just found it and didn't even plan on going there.

After all this we slowly drove towards marina, stopped in couple of shops and managed to get home again in the dark. We were again pretty tired, but the day was almost even better than the previous one. And we still have so much more to discover in Lanzarote.