Lanzarote Canary islands

Located in the Atlantic Ocean, just a short distance from both Europe and Africa, lie the Canary Islands. Visited by not only Columbus, but many others as well, and used as a stopping place to replenish supplies before sailing to the New World, the Canary Islands have often played an important part in history.

Canary Islands sunset, taken from LaSanta Sport Resort.

One of the most unusual and beautiful islands is Lanzarote. Located  only about 150 miles from Africa and slightly over 1000 miles from Spain, it is a popular destination for many. With it ‘s spectacular beaches, volcanic landscape and a warm,dry, semi-tropic climate, the island has become known as the island of eternal spring.

Timanfaya National Park is a must see for anyone visiting the island. Lanzarote was formed from various volcanic eruptions over the centuries, the latest being in the mid 1700s. As a result much of the island is covered with volcanic lava. Driving through the lava fields on the southern end of the island can be quite an experience.

With lave piled higher than a car, it makes one think they are journeying through a Midwestern blizzard of black snow. The road is actually made by clearing away a portion of the lava to create a smooth road, while driving over several feet of volcanic lava.

The journey as a result, almost seems mystical. Reaching the top of Fire Mountain, a pleasant surprise awaits. The volcano is still active and spews out a very hot fire , which an enterprising individual has built a restaurant over and around it.
Cooking dinner on Fire Mountain

As a result, dinner guests are able to choose their choice of beef, chicken, fish or pork and actually grill their dinner over an active volcano.Quite a treat and topic of conversation .

Many scenic and photography opportunities abound on the island. The beautiful blue sky, ocean, luxurious white architecture and volcanic scenery abound. Several days can be spent touring this beautiful island, photographing the many wonders of the island,enjoying the  unusual  dining experiences and enjoying the hospitality of it’s people.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

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The main problem with Europe is that everyone speaks a different language, this makes it very hard to communicate and creates divisions between people.

That along with different cultures and customs and manners contribute to their seeming indifference or unfriendliness. Once we learn to communicate, they are no different than us.

 

During my visit to the Canary Islands,I had the opportunity to dine at El Diablo, a restaurant located atop an active volcano. While enjoying this meal, I had the opportunity to converse with many Danes, who own a large share of the property on the island.

 The Danes are intrigued by our huge cities, tall buildings and the vastness of our country. It is like Shangrila to them, they don’t understand how we Americans can find anything interesting in Europe, they feel we have it all. Everything of importance to them is in America. I have encountered this sentiment many times during my travels to different areas of the world.

To me, the thing that is interesting about Europe is the smallness of everything, how close everything is, you don’t have to drive 4 hours to get somewhere. The buildings and towns are smaller and changes in scenery are but 10 minutes away, instead of hours.

Ever since I’ve been knee-high to a grasshopper I’ve heard about how the rest of the world, especially Europe, hates us, this simply isn’t true!

Most Europeans don’t hate us, contrary to popular belief, it is only the far left that doesn’t like us, most Europeans, as well as the rest of the world like and respect us for the good things we have done.

The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, www.journeysthrulife.com.

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An undiscovered paradise lies in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. part of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is a jewel waiting to be discovered, from the beautiful coast line with it ‘s gorgeous cities to the lava fields, and mountains, Lanzarote has much to offer the discerning visitor.
 

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