Here are some of my favorite photos from this tour of Tenerife:
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The mountain you see above is Mount Teide, an active and potentially very dangerous stratovolcano that towers 12,198 feet/3,718 meters over the island of Tenerife. Mount Teide is situated within the Teide National Park, located near the center if the widest section of Tenerife.
Most of the photos you’ll see today were taken at a vantage point overlooking an ancient lava field and crater within the park.
Near the vantage point inside the ancient lava field you can see a large, towering feature. This is La Catedral (The Cathedral). La Catedral is the remnants of a magma column once contained within a rising volcano. The slopes of the volcano have long sine eroded away, leaving behind the lava conduit you see on the right side of this image:
The surrounding area has an other-worldly appearance, and I wound up taking a lot of photos here. Below it today’s photo gallery. Click on any image to enlarge and activate the slide show:
The first port of call for the Norwegian Epic following our departure from Barcelona was Santa Cruz on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. As many of my blog followers may already know, I’m a former air traffic controller, and I still teach air traffic control at the local FAA Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT)/Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON). When you mention Tenerife to a controller of my generation, the worst aviation disaster in history comes to mind. Fortunately, we were here for other reasons than to relive that horrible experience.
Ursula and I wouldn’t be spending much time in Santa Cruz this trip, however. We had a tour planned, a tour that would take us to a national park (more this Wednesday). But on the return back to Santa Cruz our tour made a stop at the charming and picturesque town of La Orotava. Among the many sights here is the domed Baroque-style Church of Our Lady of the Conception (Nuestra Señora de la Concepción):
Another stop is the House of the Balconies (Casa de los Balcones):
Some other interesting photos to take here: