Sunday Special – Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain)

Feel like a having a beach getaway? It would be lovely to relax on a sun-soaked strip of sand with drink in hand while hearing the waves lap against the shore. There certainly is an abundance of beaches to choose from in the world. Some places are synonymous with beach life: Miami, Rio, Thailand’s islands, Goa, most Caribbean Islands, Cancun – the list goes on and on. As much as I love a holiday filled with history, architecture and good beer a fine beach holiday can be inviting. Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, has sent me an invite that I hope to RSVP to soon.

The Canary Islands consist of seven islands that lie approximately 100 km/62 miles west of the southern coast of Morocco with Tenerife being 300 km/186 mi from the coast. Not only is Tenerife the biggest Canary Island, it is also has the largest population. As a tourist destination it is one of Spain’s main ones. Aside from the 67 km/41.6 miles of beach, Tenerife also claims natural beauty in a variety of forms. The varying contrasts on this small volcanically formed island is remarkable. Tiede Volcano is the world’s third tallest at 3718 m/12,198 feet. The land around it (in Tiede National Park) is a thriving pine forest. Moving about the island you will encounter the rock cliffs of Acantilados de Los Gigantes (Cliffs of the Giants) and then desert-like regions to flourishing semi-tropical oases.

In addition to the spectacular nature of this isle there are plenty of fun activities for all. Hiking, biking, beaches, SCUBA diving, golf, water parks, arts, music and sailing are all on the agenda. The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a lively and colourful festival that is held every February in the island’s capital, Santa Cruz. Second only to Rio’s infamous Carnival, it is hoping to gain status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

So what do you say? Think maybe Tenerife may worth checking out?


Tenerife, Canary Islands – Photo: Public Domain


View of Tiede Volcano, Tenerife – Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by Fornax


Beach in Tenerife – Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by Peng

My new motto

I just saw this on Facebook 5 minutes ago. I love it and it will be my new motto. I truly believe that age is just a number and that life needs to be lived. For me it’s travel and quality time with family and friends. Unfortunately I don’t know where the picture and quote are from other than that I saw it on a friend’s Facebook post. Happy living!! 

Sunday Special – Prince Edward Island, Canada

Summer here in Canada is not that bad. It can actually get very very warm and right now our dollar is somewhat weak so it could be an option for some of you to come visit. Of course I love to see all manner of cool things around this big blue marble of ours but there are places I want to see within my own “backyard”, so to speak. Canada’s smallest province is one of them. Prince Edward Island (PEI) is second only to the Yukon on my Canadian bucket list. Located in Atlantic Canada (east coast), this province may be small in size and population but is still historically significant as it is the birthplace of Confederation.

When I think of PEI two things come to mind: potatoes and Anne of Green Gables. Growing up it seemed most potatoes in grocery stores were from PEI. Today, agriculture is still a main industry along with tourism and fishing. As for Anne of Green Gables, well author Lucy Maud Montgomery (1884 – 1942) brought PEI to life with her story of a feisty ginger orphan named Anne. As many Canadians, I grew up reading some or all of the Green Gables series and then watching the TV mini-series staring Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst and Jonathan Crombie. I really enjoyed that series. Though there is more to PEI than those two. Beaches, golfing, water sports, food (seafood at its finest), history, theatre and good music beckon. It seems to have something for just about everyone. With a small population of under 150,000 people in the whole of the province it speaks to me of a laid-back and chill vibe. Perhaps that is why it is referred to as “The Gentle Isle”. I hope you visit it one day just as I plan to do.


View of downtown Charlottetown, capital of PEI – Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by Martin Cathrae


Cavendish Beach, PEI – Photo is Public Domain

Sunday Special – 2 Cellos

Today’s feature is not a place but a musical duo that are beyond talented. I saw them in concert here in Vancouver this past Friday and I have to write about them. I first heard of 2 Cellos when a friend posted one of their videos from YouTube onto Facebook. When I watched the video I was amazed, simply amazed. Upon opening the video link I did not expect to hear their rendition of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana played incredibly on cellos. I watched the video again. Then I looked up some other videos. And frankly I was hooked. A new spin on popular songs. I love it!

Classically trained cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser make up this genius musical duo. They both studied in Croatia and for a time were rivals at music competitions. Now they tour and produce albums to modern songs. They also have drummer who helps out with some of the tunes. When I attended their sold out show at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre they had the crowd enthralled. With the audience cheering, applauding and a grand standing ovation these two good looking musicians brought down the house. Their enthusiasm in their playing is evident – they are rock stars.

Some of the songs they played included:

Unfortunately my video quality is poor so I do not have any videos to share. I only took one photo as I realized quickly that my camera phone was not going to do justice from where I was sitting. Though I do encourage you to click the links above for their YouTube videos. I would be surprised if you are not impressed.

2 Cellos concert 15Apr16

2 Cellos concert at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC on 15 April 2016. Photo taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju/Wanders The World