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The time: March 1967
The Place: Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands
[Excerpted from an article originally published Jul. 24, 2013.]
My mother took me to Puerto de la Cruz on the island of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands (they belong to Spain) for the March school break in 1967. We were living in Germany then and travelled extensively. I was twelve, “going on 20″.
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 through the streets on camels. We fit right in among the predominantly German and British tourists.
Most afternoons, we stopped 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!
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 totally benign. (PLEASE NOTE: I am against this cruel practice in reality.)
The most popular song on the island was a cover of ‘Guantanamera‘, by a Spanish band, Los Beta. It has a lilting, dreamy quality that I fell in love with, so I bought the 45 and played it to death after coming home. It’s still part of my record collection, and I listen to it once in awhile, instantly drifting back to that enchanted place and time. If you’d like to read more about the trip, including an exciting excursion to the Sahara Desert, click HERE.
Do you have a fond vacation memory?
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