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View outside Teneguia Winery
Our first day in port! It felt a bit strange to get off the ship, we were getting into a really great routine lounging by the pool and reading each day!

La Palma Island in the Canary Islands!

We decided to take one of the ship excursions because we wanted to see the volcano and weren´t sure if we could make it there and back with a taxi. The tour we took included a trip to a local winery to sample some local wines, a trip to the volcano and a last stop at a pottery mill where they make potter in the ancient style indigenous to the island. Brian and I are not tour people and we could have completely skipped the pottery, spent more time including lunch at the winery and definitely more time hiking around the volcano.

Nevertheless, it was a wonderful day!

La Palma is a beautiful island.
Crater of San Antonio
The local industry is mostly agriculture and nearly every house you see has a large garden plot or acerage of crops. The island is completely volcanic, so the beaches are black sand and the grapes grown there produce a unique type of wine. According to our tourguide, poets worldwide including Shakespeare have written about the wines of La Palma.

We stopped at the Teneguia Winery and sampled the wines and purchased a bottle. This winery makes 16 different varieties of wine and gets its grapes from all over the island of La Palma. The owners showed us around and have a really great business. They have been making wines there since 1947, even surviving the eruption of the volcano in 1949.

Next stop was San Antonio volcano, which last erupted in late 1600.
Cliff to the sea below
It is perched at the edge of the island and has a huge crater. You can walk along the edge of the crater, skirting the cliff to the sea below and the bottom of the volcano. It has stunning views and is a very peaceful place. After making it out to the viewpoint Brian and I paused to take some photos and take in the awesome sights. After a few minutes I was ready to head back, but Brian wanted to wait until the crowd left. Once the people had moved on he turned to me, handed me a velvet box with a VERY sparkly diamond and asked me to marry him! Of course I said yes!!!!! We started kissing and another couple was teasing us about the kiss when I showed them the ring and they immediately congratulated us and took our photo to commemorate the occasion.

It was a wonderful surprise in a beautiful place!

After our tour the bus dropped us in town so we could walk around for a few hours.
We wanted to find an internet cafe, but most of the shops were closed because it was Sunday and in the middle of siesta. We wandered the beautiful cobblestone streets and window-shopped and held hands and enjoyed the idea of being engaged. Brian is making gagging noises right now! I told him I was going to work on his level of mushiness! :)

We were docked in Santa Cruz, the main city on La Palma. La Palma is made up of volcanic mountains, so the city goes straight up from the water and walking around the central part you come to alleyways with stairs leading up to the next level of streets. It was fun exploring. I saw one older local gentleman leave his home with his trash and walk down a few streets to drop the trash in the dumpsters. I tried to imagine living there, walking around up and down hills all the time, with beautiful views, on top of volcanoes that still could erupt, what an interesting place!

When our ship departed, we could see Tenerife ahead of us, or at least Mount Tiede ahead of us, which is the tallest mountain in Spain and dominates the skyline of Tenerife.
JuliaMoore says:
I just got all caught up on your blogs... It sounds like you 2 are having a wonderful time. Congratulations Kim!!! You deserve to be married to a wonderful man like Brian:)
Posted on: May 11, 2010
aboneill says:
"Yay say all the O'Neills back here in Colorado! (including the parents)
Can't wait to celebrate with you.

Posted on: May 10, 2010
johnsonkj says:
Congrats Kim! I'm SO excited for you guys!!! Yay yay yay!!!!! I can't wait to see the sparkly diamond!!!! Enjoy the rest of your trip, although I'm sure that volcano's now hold a special place of affection in your heart and nothing can top THAT day!!!
Posted on: May 10, 2010
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View outside Teneguia Winery
View outside Teneguia Winery
Crater of San Antonio
Crater of San Antonio
Cliff to the sea below
Cliff to the sea below
The edge of the crater with the se…
The edge of the crater with the s…
We just got engaged!!!!
We just got engaged!!!!
The photo does not do it justice
The photo does not do it justice
Windmill outside the pottery mill
Windmill outside the pottery mill
Streets of Santa Cruz, La Palma
Streets of Santa Cruz, La Palma
A clothing store, named Shit of th…
A clothing store, named Shit of t…
Our ship and the harbor
Our ship and the harbor
Beautiful La Palma
Beautiful La Palma
La Palma
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