Weather 31st October 2014 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

Another glorious day, there were hardly any clouds when we went for our morning walk but now even those have vanished and we are left with a sky that is a vivid blue and the long morning shadows distinct.  The air is clear and it is a comfortable 24°C

11-DSC05903We met a new friend this morning, a lovely young lady who romped around and stuck with us for half our walk until she realised our girls did not want to play rough and tumble so to decided to go home.

01-DSC05892Yesterday was hot and sunny, even coming home around midnight it was over 20°C – can’t believe it will be November tomorrow the weather has been glorious!

The following images are for Las Vistas Beach in the south of the island and Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island and are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 5.00. These times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.

Las Vistas Beach – between Los Cristianos and Las Americas

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Round up of the News

The 2015 Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Santa Cruz Carnival runs from 21st January to the 22 February and you can find the programme HERE

More visitors discover delights of Los Realejos

A combination of promoting nature, sport and fiestas as tourist attractions is paying great dividends for Los Realejos. The local council is delighted that much hard work is bearing fruit, with visitor numbers up 5,323 so far this year and 16,000 since the campaign’s launch in 2012. “Descubre Los Realejos” or “Discover Los Realejos” is encouraging people of all nationalities to do just that and they include cruise passengers, as well as tourists from the mainland. The Mayor, Manuel Domínguez said visitors appeared to love everything they found in the town, including its shops, restaurants, Farmers’ Market, historical assets, open spaces and environment.  Tenerife News

Tenerife performs the first eye surgeries using femtosecond laser

El Instituto Oftalmológico Amigó (www.ioamigo.com) in Tenerife has carried out the first eye surgery with femtosecond laser, a new scientific breakthrough that is revolutionizing the world of eye surgery. The medical director of the Institute, Dr. Alfredo Amigo explained that it’s a technology that presents major advantages over traditional surgery in more complex eye surgery. In this technique, the eye is scanned in 3 dimensions through infrared waves in millionths of a second (femtosecond), creating micro-bubbles that separate the molecules of tissues without cutting or burning. Dr. Alfredo Amego is the author of numerous scientific articles and has taught on an international level courses to other specialist surgeons. He is also a pioneer in several surgical techniques on the Islands, specialing in refractive surgery and cataract.  Full story La Informacion

Canarian film misses out on Oscar chance

Action thriller “El Niño” (The Boy) by director Daniel Monzón has become Spain’s biggest box-office success in its first few weeks in cinemas across the country, attracting over 2,000,000 spectators in less than a month, and was tipped as the nation’s nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2015 Oscars. It features many scenes shot in the Canaries and Monzón visited Tenerife recently for the official launch as a gesture of appreciation for the contribution made by the islands to its success. “This film would simply not exist were it not for the brilliant technical and artistic people from here who helped make it. The settings are unrivalled anywhere” said the director. However, Niños lost out to “Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados” (Life is easy if you close your eyes) in the vote taken by the Spanish Film Academy to choose the country’s entry for the Oscars. Source: Island Connections

Teno road to open in 2015

Tenerife Cabildo expects to reopen the tunnel and road to Teno in the first quarter of 2015. The contract for remedial work has now been awarded to a company and it should take about two months to complete. The work relates to various sections which are deemed of high risk following rockfalls. More safety netting will be installed, together with lighting in the tunnel. Source: Tenerife News

CajaCanarias announces a new edition of the ‘Do you have a story?’

The CajaCanarias Foundation has called a new edition of the ‘Do you have a story?’, A competition aimed at students aged 6 to 14 years who seeks to reward the creativity of young people on the islands. This year, a total of twenty prizes will be awarded in the following groups, 6-8 years 9 – 10, 11-12 and 13-14 years.  Participation is free. The deadline for entries is March 20, 2015. All information on this announcement and the contest rules can be found on the website of the organization,  www.cajacanarias.com

Judith Miguélez is the new Miss Sur

 

The Miss Sur contest, held over for a week due to bad weather, filled the Plaza de España in Adeje on Friday October 24th and was held as part of the town’s annual Patronal Festival. The winner, to the delight of all, was Judith Miguélez, the 18 year old representing the Adeje Council. Ladies of honour were Lorena Medina representing Flipper Uno and Gisela Araya, representing the El Embrujo Restaurant.

The newly crowned Miss Sur will enjoy a year in the world of fashion, photography, television, and more under the guidance of the Joa Rubio y BeWater agency. She has also won a luxury cruise for two on a Royal Caribbean liner. Full story in English Time Adeje

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Weather 30th October 2014 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

What a beautiful morning, hardly a cloud in the sky and a slight breeze.  Temperatures are rising rapidly it is now 25°C but when we took our early morning walk it was a little cooler and felt refreshing rather than if we were taking it now.

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Yesterday’s rain that was forecast didn’t arrive although during last nights walk there was what seemed more like low cloud than rain so it felt a little damp.  The rest of the day was warm and sunny, with temperatures in the high 20s.

The following images are for Las Vistas Beach in the south of the island and Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island and are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 5.00. These times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.

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Tenerife History – Puerto’s Thermal Palace

It has been one hundred and three years since the opening of the 1910 Brussels World Exhibition. It had run from April 23rd through to November 7th and had been a showcase of innovation of the day.

Image, Turismo de Tenerife

Once over, many of the exhibits and even the buildings were sold off, such was the case with one of the major exhibition halls, a 90 metre long rectangular pavilion. This edifice was purchased by Messer’s Gustavo and Guillermo Wildpret Duque, businessmen of Puerto de la Cruz, with the idea of making it into a grand hotel and leisure complex.

Don Gustavo and Don Guillermo were the sons of Swiss botanist and entrepreneur Don Herman Wildpret, of Warmbach, Germany, and Doña Luisa Duque Suarez, of Geneto, La Laguna. In 1896 they had taken over the management of several of their father’s establishments situated at No. 2 Calle Iriarte. Known as Helvetia (Switzerland) the business catered for the exclusive tourist market of the day selling such luxuries as Swiss chocolates, imported sweets and liquors, Havana cigars, and British and Turkish cigarettes.

Other shop units were dedicated to the sale of postcards and photographic materials whilst in the adjacent seed merchants, native plants, seeds and flowers were sold. At No. 4 of the same street they operated a soft drinks factory, making carbonated beverages and recharging seltzer bottles (soda siphons).

Once the purchase of the pavilion had been completed it was dismantled and shipped to Tenerife, the building was to be re-assembled and sited in, what is now, the Martinez area. The narrow streets of the town presented a problem for the transportation of the building materials but eventually everything necessary was on site and construction work began towards the end of 1911.

Six months later the project was completed and the opening of the “Thermal Palace” took place on June 24th 1912, the festival of San Juan.

The Hotel boasted its own electric generator and had a cinema theatre which could seat 400. There was a grand ballroom, a library, a billiard room and a 200 cover restaurant. In addition to its Turkish baths, with water supplied by the Martinez spring, the guests could also enjoy equestrian events which were organised on Sundays and fiestas, and even skate on the hotels own skating rink. There was also regular entertainment provided by local Canarian folk dance groups and “Lucha Canario” (Canarian Wrestling) competitions as well as musical concerts given by both municipal and military bands.

For the next two years the hotel enjoyed unprecedented popularity among the wealthy British and German tourists who wintered on the island. However, with the outbreak of the Great War, in August 1914, the boom was over. Governments involved in the conflict recommended to their various merchant shipping companies that they refrained from visiting the Canary Islands and the ensuing tourism crisis meant that there were only the permanent residents of the area left to patronise the establishment.

After the war shipping services resumed but tourism failed to reach its prewar levels.

In 1925 the Thermal Palace was eventually abandoned, due to its lack of profitability. In the 1930’s, by which time the building was in a state of ruin, the remaining structure was dismantled and moved to La Vera where a smaller edifice, known as Villa Paz, was constructed from the remaining usable material on the new site.

The former location of the Thermal Palace became the setting for the original Martinez lido complex which was inaugurated on August 26th 1940. This pool complex was later redesigned by the Canarian architect Cesar Manrique and reopened in 1977.

Herman Wildpret will be remembered in his own right as a landscape gardener who became head gardener of the Orotava Botanical Gardens of Acclimatisation in 1860 and went on to design and lay out many of the islands public parks and gardens including: The Von Humbolt Spa in Puerto de la Cruz, and the Santa Catalina Hotel gardens in Las Palmas in 1899.

The brothers Wildpret Duque will always be associated with the “Golden Days” of Tourism in Puerto de la Cruz where they had a “Portuense” street named after the family in honour of their ties to the town and the promotion of early tourism in the area.

Article by Dave Penny first published in Tenerife News

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Weather 29th October 2014 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

It has taken me a little while to log on to WordPress this morning, their server was down and when that happens they usually ‘blame it all on Matt’ but it has now been fixed so here goes.

There are a few clouds around and the forecast is saying there is a chance of rain but the temperature is 24 °C and if the rain is like yesterdays when we were on yellow alert it will be 3 drops in the morning and by afternoon, in Las Chafiras it started again but not enough for us to need the wipers on the car, so I don’t think anyone will really notice.  It did, however, look a very different story in Puerto going by the dark images on the webcam that engulfed coast and mountain.

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The following images are for Las Vistas Beach in the south of the island and Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island and are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 5.00. These times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.

Las Vistas Beach – between Los Cristianos and Las Americas

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New ferry service before end of this year ?

The long awaited reopening of the so-called ‘interior line’ by sea connecting Tenerife with  La Gomera’s ports of San Sebastian, Playa Santiago and Valle Gran Rey could be a reality before the end of the year, according to ‘well informed sources’. Fact is that the Canarian government has increased and approved the subsidies for residents’ tickets. A whopping 75% of the cost of the journey between any or all of La Gomera’s ports will be subsidised  by the government leaving residents with only 25% of the regular ticket price to pay. This was a announced a few days ago and should encourage the quick re-establishment of the ferry service.

Former ferry on the interior line operated by Garajonay Express

Well we’ve had lots of rumours, ‘good news and good intentions’ many times before and still there’s no ferry. If it doesn’t arrive in the few remaining months of this year it might never come again. We keep the fingers crossed, peak season is beginning soon…

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Weather 28th October 2014 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

Morning walk is over because we have quite a lot to fit in today and sometimes it is just nice to feel a gentle breeze on your face before the sun starts blazing.  The fellow below was certainly making the most of the quiet morning and the pleasant 24 °C.  

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As you can see from the image above there is a bit of cloud around but according to Aemet we are on a warning from lunchtime in the south and from 9.00am this morning in the north for ‘SNOW’ ……  Tip of the day – don’t rely on Google translate.  However the translation gaff aside it does look as if there could be a fair bit of rain around at some point in the day for most parts of the island.

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The following images are for Las Vistas Beach in the south of the island and Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island and are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 5.00. These times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.

Las Vistas Beach – between Los Cristianos and Las Americas

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