is the largest of the Canary Islands. They are controlled by Spain
but each has its own government (much like the US states). The island's
main port is Santa Cruz and it is the commercial center of Tenerife.
The island is mostly volcanic with the highest peak, Mt Teide, at
took a morning tour up to Taganana Village in the Anaga Mountains
mountains. The road was windy and very narrow - 1 ½ lanes
at most. This was quite a drive in a big bus. At one point the bus
had to back up so another bus coming the other way could get by.
Taganana is one of Tenerif's oldest villages. Hidden away in a small
valley by the sea, remote Taganana has preserved its traditions,
architecture and way of life over the centuries.
The houses of the village are built into the cliffs, with terraces
for their crops. We visited a beautiful old church, Our Lady of
the Snows and then went to a local restaurant for a taste of the
local wine and some bread and goat cheese appetizers.
After eating, we continued up the mountain to 4500 feet to a viewpoint
but it was socked in with fog so we couldn't see anything. A little
further down the fog cleared and we stopped at an overlook of the
city of La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.We
then drove thru the city whose streets in the city center have hardly
changed since the 16th century. It served as the island's capital
until 1723. Hundreds of historic buildings have been preserved.
the way back to the ship we stopped at the opera house for photos.
It was designed by the same man who did the Arts and Science complex
in Valencia and the Olympic stadium in Greece. It is patterned after
the Sydney Opera House.
After lunch on the ship, we walked into the Santa Cruz city center
and the downtown shopping promenade. But most of the shops were
closed for lunch.
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