#AtoZChallenge: P is for PUERTO DE LA CRUZ

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Puerto de la cruz

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#AtoZChallenge "P" is for Puerto de la Cruz
Day 16: April 18

[Excerpted from an article originally published Jul. 24, 2013.]

My mother took me to Puerto de la Cruz on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands for the March school break in 1967.  We were living in Germany then and travelled extensively.  I was twelve, “going on 20″.

Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are off the northwest coast of Africa and belong to Spain.

These islands were formed from volcanic rock and have some fascinating vistas.  Unfortunately, my personal photos didn’t capture much of that, but you can see more details here.

The first thing that struck me was the interesting mix of Spanish and African cultures.  Strains of Flamenco music wafted through the open bar doors, while people rode on camels through the streets.  We fit right in among the mostly German and British tourists.

Hotel Guajara
Our hotel. It was new at the time.

Most afternoons, there was a stop at the Cafe’ de Paris on the main promenade for traditional German “Kaffee und Kuchen”, (coffee and cake).  I especially enjoyed this, because of the young, handsome waiter who always flashed me a dazzling smile. To this day, the dark Latin types appeal the most.  I even married one!

Cafe' de Paris
Cafe’ de Paris

While wandering about, we discovered a quaint little bar with Flamenco dancers.  I can’t remember the name of it and wonder if it’s still there.  The furniture was all hand carved and there was a small bull ring out back, complete with a live bull, available for jousting with the patrons.  He was old and tame, so it was all in fun.

Flamenco and Bull Fights
Flamenco and (Friendly) Bull Fights

My favourite song there was Los Beta Quartet’s version of “Guantanamera”.  I bought the 45 as a souvenir and still have it. Such wonderful memories!

This was one of the best trips ever and I’ll never forget it! 

Do you have a fond vacation memory?
I’d love to read about yours, in comments below.

Canary Islands Books

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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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22 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: P is for PUERTO DE LA CRUZ

  1. I remember that song when I was a little kid. I recall singing along and having my older sister tell me that it wasn’t “one ton of matoes” Lol. I wonder if she remembers that?

    Fantastic memories you’re sharing this A to Z! Thanks Debbie 🙂
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  2. Love it, Debbie. Thanks for sharing another one of your fascinating trips. I’ve never been to the Canary Islands so appreciated learning about them. Must have been an exciting trip for a young person. No wonder you still remember it.
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