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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:04 pm

I'll put the picture back to small size on the panama ones, then the text will be right
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:14 pm

Cracking review mate, Thanks for that.
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:26 pm

Fair play to you DB. it must be taking you hours to upload all these photos. rep from me. You have even managed to photograph the little souvenir shop where my eldest lad tried haggling for the first time. He got 50c off  lol! 
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:57 am

Thanks all, I will tell you a funny story on that subject shortly but wont spoil it for now lol
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:02 am

Day 6, Friday

I was awake by 7:15am, listen very carefully I will do this only once lol, I'm in time to get the sunrise, shorts and tee shirt on, no time to give Mrs Db her cup of tea, this is important


blinking heck, it's cloudy



I kid you not, there was two pairs of people, sitting on the rocks in budha fashion, also waiting for the sun to come up



but within 30 minutes the sun had broken through





a diving boat was off out from the marnia



but for us another beach day, can we sit down there Mrs Db



no move along a bit



with Mrs Db settled, I was heading to town to se what had changed there, this time I didnt pick siesta time with everything closed lol

Have a look at the town small beach, you might not see it again lol



so we start at the bottom with the Spar store



a perfume shop



opposite cafe icecream shop and another perfume shop



same side a tobacconist drinks store and then a sports shop



a new shop just being refurbished and worked on





a mexican restaurant above, we ate in last year



side road



The tobacconist under the mexican invited me in to take photo lol, so Delboy obliged



I can zoom in if anybody wants duty free prices lol



Mrs Db would be cringing if she were here lol



and don't for get our drinks said the Asian lady



a lot of the bottles are individually labelled so will be hard to pick up the prices but not beaten yet lol

a clothes shops





yet another perfume shop



electronic store, a word of warning, there are no such thing as cheap cameras or video recorder, lap tops or ipads in Lanzarote.



Jewellery / watches shop



a lot of perfume shops lol



loads of clothes shops









another jewellers



another electronic shop, I repeat my warning, there are no cheap cameras in Lanzarote



a beauty shop with perfumes lol



Tobacconist and drinks



tourist place that do CustomerTravel tour etc, new this year, they have on in the marina as well



bric a brac stuff



icecream parlour



another jewellers, not sure what you would do if your new watch that you bought went wrong



large beer in happy hour was 1.5 euro's



shoe world lol



two fashion stores one something to do with Boss lol





cases and goods shop



Tobacconist and Drinks store, most do exchange, the general rate was 1.19 but inside here that is only for travellers cheques, cash was 1.18, there was a little notice on the left of the store but it seem to have got blown away that day lol





perfumery again









an amusement place



coming up to the harbour now







This is a new interesting place a fish spa, where people stick their feet into tanks of fish



for the fish to eat peoples skin, I read somewhere that the process is said to be unhygienic



a bar



The mexican place which use to be our favourite but not the best meal this time around



This place has bad reviews on TA for their dealings with people



more dress shops





although I have a pic of every shop in town I'm up by the harbour now so will stop at the tapas bar



and pop round the harbour



the flat bottom glass boat was in, so I thought I would have a look, it goes over to Fuerteventure



but as a poor sailor it would be a no no for me



ok if the water is smooth







marina from the harbour lol



town's beach again, so you can see it again



heading back to Mrs Db



The fish in the harbour that you can't fish for lol (they know)



not a good boat to have



back at the beach here are the pleasure fees



I think I'll stick with the beach lol



or a pint and lunch in Barney's



They also do pasta



but I had a toasted sandwich and shared chips



The rest of the afternoon was spent on the beach, not sure if that was the tall chips challenger but I must be in the running by now lol



We as arrange to meet Jomark and his lovely wife from the Lanzarote forum and chatted for an hour over coffee's at momentos para llevars




but not before having  look over the wall at the Princesa Yaiza's apartment which are accessed through a tunnel I heard lol





sunset was low key tonight



but a nice sky





now here comes a tale, the TV has two arab channels that continue to show English speaking movies with arab subtitles which hardly show on the screen, tonight 6-8pm it was Karate Kid the new one, Delboy your bath water is running but the nasty sensei has just told his pupil to break Daniel son's leg in the semi final, I can't leave it now  violin 



It sure passed that bit of time waiting to go out to dinner which mean't I had to jump into the bath and get ready quicker

Tonight we ate first time in the Trattoria



I had the mexican chicken, I think my chicken had lived a very long life but at 7.5 euro's a filling meal lol



Mrs Db had kebabs



another lovely day had passed
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:13 pm

Day 7, Saturday

we awoke to hear the problems with air traffic control and hoped it would soon be sorted



for us it was another beach day



but by lunchtime it had clouded over



so we went up to Barney's for lunch, at this point I realised that I could be doing a review of the best burgers in town, so I thought I would have some thing more sensible

Lasagna  Shocked 



Mrs Db had the tagatelli



Then it was football showing back at the apartment in the bar area

after which I needed some more groceries, now if you don't have things these are the sort of prices you will get locally













only a medioca sunset tonight



tonight we were dining at the Little Marmite at the ebd of the Marina



I had Lamb chops, maybe it was because I only had Lasagna earlier that it didn't seem quite so big to eat



Mrs Db had pork chops in a sauce



However, when the temptation came around for desserts, we buckled

The Crepes were to die for, I had chocolate sauce in mine



Mrs Db had lemon in her's



it has a nice atmosphere there, sitting semi outside undercover



After asking for the bill we did get forgotten but the lady gave us two measures of bailey's for our troubles.

Mrs Db was very cold by the time we reached our apartments not waiting for me to take a picture of the moon lol.

On arriving a text came through from jomark saying they would be at Vino Blanco at the marina if we wanted a nightcap, I had just taken a picture of that lol



Mrs Jomark had a cocktail that Delboy would have been proud of, except it didnt have any drambuie in it, infact it didn't have anything in it as she was driving



we chatted together for a hour and a half, it was nice to meet them both

Another day ended


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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:30 pm

I like that photo of the yacht at sunset.  clap 
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:40 pm

WOW you have been very busy lol. Really enjoyed all the photos mate, you are showing us the whole resort. It looks like a lovely clean place and them photos of the meals are getting my stomach rumbly lol. Keep up the good work and reps on the way.

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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:06 pm

As always Del a fantastic review  cheers 

Hope nobody expects anything like that from me in February  Embarassed 


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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:36 pm

Thank H, no i have too much time on my hands and enjoy doing it
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:08 pm

Hayzer wrote:


Hope nobody expects anything like that from me in February  Embarassed 



We absolutely DO Hayzer.......


It's time a full updated review was done again on your hotel and area - and as good as the last one please - so no pressure !

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rep for you db - fab as usual  clap 
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:19 am

Great stuff Del.
That Yaiza (sp ?) hotel, the pool looked pretty shady, what time of day did you take that picture?


Also, in the tabacs shop, the first pics, where those €5 & €6 for 200 ciggies?
The Superkings at €25.99, just to compare, are €42 in Majorca. Over £65 here, don't know exactly what they sell for.

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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:57 am

The Yaiza pool was taken at 5.32pm Mark , sunset is 6.45pm the Yaiza is a 5 star hotel and very expensive, they have a tunnel running under the road from the Yaiza Hotel which overlooks the sea to these apartments
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:32 am

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



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 to get to the volcano by the no 30 bus this year



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



I had already spotted the bus stop times the previous day



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



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



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



I recognised the Paradise Island hotel from the previous trip



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





I ended up going down this road



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



The was no one ahead of me which is good for photographs



so just sit back and see the walk



looking down there was a party coming up, which would get in the way of the view



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



I take a picture every so often















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



where did he come from lol



he's obviously not puffing as much as me



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



and the little white box



now the views, little disappointed with the angle of the sun and the strong wind blowing which was 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





























walking around on the top





what it looks like inside







down below the Rubicon Palace



I didn't look around their pool area lol



I think this is the Natura Palace







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





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



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



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



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



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





It really stunning up here







so one last look at Fuerteventura in the sunlight



and the good shots I coundn't take



and the last block of villa's at the very end



then passed the piles of stones from walkers leaving their mark



a quick walk down to the basement lol



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



Then quicker way down lol



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, with another 25 minute wait.



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







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  Shocked 



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



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



I saw the turkey bagette



I think I ordered a christmas turkey thing but the lady said we only have on table left love, can I have it then, 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 came back with big dinners. Suddenly I saw a notice outside. Shocked 



TEXT to Mrs Db, I think I have just ordered Christmas dinner  Shocked Lucky you came the reply, I havent had anything yet.

Well fortunately it was a carvery and you could help ourself 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



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 Embarassed

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 I walk back from the lighthouse, to burn it all off and buy Mrs Db a cake Shocked 

Anyway, here it is



too full to buy a cake



I approached the three ladies and said can I take pictures



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



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



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



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 to keep me in lol, no sunset it had clouded over  Shocked 



tonight we ate inthe Tipico Canario on the harbour front



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



and a nice run down to the sea edge if needed lol



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



The house red was 9.25 euro's an nice evening

End of Day 8


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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:52 pm

Nice one Del, the volcano walk would be something I would have done if I was there, awesome views mind the resort below looked a bit baron. The whole area looked like the moon. Repped

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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:34 pm

yes we would never choose it as a summer destination as many other attractive places but ideal for winter sunshine
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:51 pm

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  Shocked 



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



but an easy choice to go for a walk

so heading towards papagaya I noticed another Japanese menu



also a crazy golf working that have not noticed before



So having done the walk last year, I cut short



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



so turning left here



passed the Dream Castillo



so now heading for Ropers that I heard about for their good meat and fish





cycle hire





just next to the cafe there is an archway into a square with a cafe in which is run by Ropers



inside they had a nice deli



the beef looked nice for those in villas doing barbeques



Our cereal was 30 cents cheaper here but not worth the long walk to get it



They also had a fish counter



the highlight of the morning was two lobsters having a barney but their claws were taped, however, perhaps they were being kepted for the big fight in the fish spa







and the booze





after the store browse we walked right to the back of town but apart from missing and cracked drain covers there was nothing exciting to report



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



a chicken burger for me, not having the bacon lol



Mrs Db had another toastie



and the piranhas below finished the rest of my roll



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



It doesn't have a sea view



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



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



a lovely meal

and end of day 9


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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:00 pm

db - what was on top of carrots on your turkey meal ?

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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:05 pm

a yorksire pudding 4th, should be in Mick's quiz lol
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:10 pm


I'ts ME db.....not 4th !


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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:25 pm

doh, sorry beeech it's your similar avatar
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:21 pm

Day 10, Tuesday

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



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



The red flag was out on the beaches





going into town for a walk



half the town's beach had got washed away



leaving a foot ledge and a destroyed sand dragon



quite windy on the front



so we looked at prices of drink in the tobacconist we usually exchange in



they seem fairly competitive against the others for honey rum etc



here is their little notice in place today for the 1.19 rate only applying to travellers cheques lol



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



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, scatching 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



Mrs Db



notice the bar that goes straight across the if remove void box on mine, whereas Mrs Db loing 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



so I had a peek in









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



the weather seemed to be getting worse





I went for a burger as I fancied a change lol



well the one at Barney's was IMO better

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



a poor fishing boat was making for shelter in the marina from the harbour, I would want to be on that for all the tea in China



now the Bahia Rock had a big refurishment done this last year, so Delboy wanted to investigate as it's now classified as an adult boutique hotel

I had passed the entrance earlier in the holiday



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



look if your interested in it, you need to see it first hand, hi im 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



looked nice



Thos Cook are one of their operators at the mo



I was quite impressed



so will bear this one in mind for the future



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



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





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



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



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



there was a lady singer as entertainment



we both picked chicken burritos from their mexican section, which was really nice



whilst four girls outside braved it and ordered a meal lol



a nice evening

and end of day 10
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:04 pm

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



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



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

oh no red flag up yet lol



oh the prom has been sealed off



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



wow it does even give you 10 seconds to get through if you wanted to lol



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





ok it's round the road then lol



the poor town beach is nearly washed away  Shocked 



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



I went down as far as the Timanfaya Palace just to check out a mast with a sail but it turned out to be a flag pole



I didn't see any boats moving today



a guy had a surf board on Dorada beach



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 bagette which looked really nice



I had a toastie and we shared the chips



Tonight we were going to Cevantes as it is away from the wind and 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



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



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

end of Day 11
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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:19 pm

WOW you dont want to see weather like that when you go away. You ate like royalty on this holiday  hungry eatcake 

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PostSubject: Re: Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Playa Blanca, 2013   Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:57 pm

Day 12, Thursday

It's calming down a bit Mrs Db



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



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



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



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



The glassbottom boat is going out lol





and good luck to them lol



Fred Olsen is coming in again



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



people discussing the beach or lack of it



no sure whether the beach will recover, surely they must have had worse storms than this



now passing the new Asia restaurant, I had a look in and they have some fantastic chandeliers



right grandad, release the bolt, rodney and I are ready, ok delboy lol



anyway we decided to go undercover in the Le Brisas again for lunch





I had the toastie



Mrs Db had the unhealthy burger lol



so now heading back to the apartment the beach is deserted



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

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



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



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



could it be Abramovich



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



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 yachters tell me it is some London stockbroker and the boat is registering London



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



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 race around the marina to get a shot with the boats outside, taking this small yacht first



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



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



last chance as it goes in the marina lol



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



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 readded the sauce



Mrs Db had the mixed kebab with different meats



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

End of Day 12






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