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Transatlantic 2022 — La Palma; Random views near Castillo de la Virgen and back into town

Los Balcones

After Castillo de la Virgen, Ursula and I continued uphill a bit further to explore more high vantage points of Santa Cruz de La Palma:

View from Castillo de la Virgen

Near the top of our climb we came across a small park, across from which was this charming church — Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación (Parish of Our Lady of the Incarnation):

Parish of Our Lady of the Incarnation

As we headed back down Carretera la Encarnacíon and back into town, we ran across several nice gardens:

Study in Red
Reds with a Purple Backdrop

We were now making our way back to Vision of the Seas, but in a slow and meandering manner that would give us more to see and photograph:

Elevated windows and doors to nowhere

Back onto Calle Anselmo Pérez de Brito as we explored an area we previously missed:

Archway on Calle Anselmo Pérez de Brito

We left Calle Pérez de Brito before it changed back to Calle O’Daly and headed over to a street that paralleled to the west. Once on Calle Virgen de la Luz we continued southwest until reaching Plaza Santo Domingo:

Plaza Santo Domingo

Back down to Calle O’Daly via some narrow, steep, and winding steps, where we passed this young fellow outside a travel bookstore as we headed back to the ship. His name is Felix Francisco Casanova:

Felix Francisco Casanova

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Transatlantic 2022 — La Palma; Museo Naval Barco de la Virgen and Castillo de la Virgen

Apartment building mural as seen from Avenida Las Nieves

Today’s article is still on Santa Cruz de La Palma, but this is the last week in that series before moving on to another Canary Island. Last week I left you hanging outside Castillo de Santa Catalina. In today’s installment we’ll continue north on Calle el Castillete until we reach Avenida las Nieves. It is at that intersection you will find yourself looking uphill, with some pretty spectacular colors to the northwest:

View from Avenida las Nieves looking toward Castillo de la Virgen
Cascading bougainvillea

We’ll be climbing that hill in a moment (don’t worry; it’s not as bad as it looks), but first Ursula and I stumbled across a beached ship in the middle of the road. This is Barco de la Virgen:

Museo Naval — Barco de la Virgen

This “ship” is a reproduction of Christopher Columbus’s small caravel, the Santa María.

Barco de la Virgen — Boat of the Virgin

And, no, unlike the ship she’s modeled after, this one is not wood. It’s realistically painted to appear as wood, but it’s some type of masonry. You can see what I mean in this closeup:

Not wood!

Just a few steps west of Barco de la Virgen is a footbridge that takes you from Avenida las Nieves, across a deep runoff to Calle Carías. Jog slightly left, onto what appears to be a narrow road, onto Carretera la Encarnacíon and stay on that road as it banks left. From here on you’ll be going uphill where you’ll quickly reach some great views at:

El Castillo de la Virgen — The Castle of the Virgin

The Castle of the Virgin is, of course, appropriately painted in bright virgin white. And as I previously mentioned, you’ll get some great elevated views from here of Santa Cruz de La Palma. Here’s today’s gallery/slide show of this fortress:

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Fun Photo Friday — Transatlantic 2022; Santa Cruz de La Palma favorites 2

Whimsical Monumento a el Enano (Monument to the Dwarf)

For an explanation of the whimsical statue above, try this link: Monumento a el Enano. And after you’ve perused that, here’s a photo of Ursula being “Different”:

Ursula being “Different”

Now here’s the rest of today’s second of three Fun Photo Friday favorites of Santa Cruz de La Palma:

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