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Fun Photo Friday — Transatlantic 2022; Tenerife favorites 3


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Time to finish up with the Canary Islands and Tenerife. Next week we move on to the next destination on our transatlantic voyage aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas. I hope you’re enjoying this voyage so far, the first of five we took beginning in April. Interspersed between those cruises will be a side journey to Germany, and then a four-day stay in Dublin, Ireland before we return. So, until next week, here is today’s Part 3 of Fun Photo Friday favorites of Tenerife:

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Transatlantic 2022 — Tenerife; Touring San Cristóbal de La Laguna


Iglesia de la Concepción (Church of the Conception) in the Plaza de la Concepción

Today I’m taking you on a photographic tour of one of the most picturesque areas in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Plaza de la Concepción. This charming pedestrian street is lined with everything from bright green trees, to colorful buildings, to cafés with tables beneath shady umbrellas:

Plaza de la Concepción

As you approach from the west you’ll pass a structure dating back to 1511. This impressive building is the Iglesia de la Concepción (Church of the Conception).

Church of the Conception

Look closely at this next shot. You should see two bells near the top. Harder to discern is larger bell in the area above these two bells. That upper bell is the largest in the Canary Islands.

Largest bell in the Canaries

Don’t look for this next subject on the church. It’s hand-painted tiles depicting the church, but it’s actually located about 360 feet/110 meters beyond the church belltower, or about 165 feet/50 meters past the church’s east corner.

Beautiful hand-painted tiles

We’re now heading east back toward Plaza del Adelantado, where we will soon rejoin our tour group. Along the way, almost across the street from those tiles you see above, is this café scene:

Plaza de la Concepción

Here the roadways diverge, with Plaza de la Concepción on the left and Calle Obispo Rey Redondo on the right. We’re sticking with Calle Obispo Rey Redondo as we had back to Plaza del Adelantado

The dome of San Cristobal de La Laguna Cathedral
Iglesia de Las Catalinas (Convent of Santa Catalina de Siena)
Calle Obispo Rey Redondo (Church of the Catalinas to the right)
Balconies overlooking Plaza del Adelantado

To help you navigate:

La Laguna Map

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Transatlantic 2022 — Tenerife; Arriving San Cristóbal de La Laguna


Cathedral of San Cristóbal de La Laguna

Our tour group arrived at Plaza del Adelantado in an Cristóbal de La Laguna in the early afternoon. This would be our last stop before heading back to Santa Cruz de Tenerife to rejoin Vision of the Seas. Here we would take a brief guided tour before being left to our own devices until time to rejoin the bus back in the plaza. The plaza is located at the extreme eastern edge of the city’s old town section, adjacent to the Convent of Santa Catalina de Siena. The first segment on foot took us west along Calle Obispo Rey Redondo to the Cathedral of San Cristóbal de La Laguna:

Cathedral of San Cristóbal de La Laguna
Cathedral of San Cristóbal de La Laguna

Once you get to the southwest corner of the cathedral, take a look back for this view:

Calle Obispo Rey Redondo

From the cathedral we split up, with most of our group continuing west along Calle Obispo Rey Redondo in search of refreshments and something to eat. Ursula and I went north on Calle Juan de Vera for a couple of blocks to Calle San Augustín:

Calle San Augustín looking east

We continued past Calle San Augustín for another couple of blocks just to enjoy some old town balconies:

Calle Obispo Rey Redondo near Calle Pintor Christino de Vera

At this point we reversed course to continue west on Calle San Augustín, running parallel to Calle Obispo Rey Redondo.

Calle San Augustín street scene with lots of color

It’s here that you’ll stumble across the photogenic Former Convent of San Augustín (Exconvento de San Agustín), which gets you a beautiful belltower:

Exconvento de San Agustín

As well as this wood balcony just to the left of the tower:

Exconvento de San Agustín

Don’t turn south just yet. Keep heading west and you’ll reach an area of interesting color and old buildings:

Calle San Augustín past the former convent

I have some Fun Photo Friday pics of the small park just beyond this which I’ll show you on… you guessed it… Friday. But for now it’s time to head south, for Plaza de la Concepción, where we’ll rejoin Calle Obispo Rey Redondo on Wednesday:

Plaza de la Concepción

And in case you’re wondering about the city layout:

La Laguna map

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