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Transatlantic 2022 — Vision of the Seas to La Palma, Canary Islands


Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas in La Palma, Canary Islands

Ursula and I only recently got back from a trip that began with a flight to Fort Lauderdale on 27 April 2022, and didn’t see us return until 7 July. This was yet another transatlantic cruise aboard a Royal Caribbean ship, Vision of the Seas. Now, I love sea days, as it affords me the opportunity to play bridge. And play I did, twice a day every day at sea. But on 7 May it was time to get down to the business of photography as we made port in the city of Santa Cruz de La Palma on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands.

Maritime Station of Santa Cruz de La Palma

Now, Ursula and I have been to La Palma before, but we went into the interior on tour. For this visit we opted to hoof it into town and see the sights on our own.

Seawall decoration by the cruise terminal — La Palma silhouette (left) and painted tilework

So, early morning, we set out on foot. The sun was low in the east and clouds shrouded the peaks above the city.

A hacienda in the clouds

La Palma offered me a lot of color, and I began taking advantage of this even before we left the pier:

Colorful buildings overlooking the port for Santa Cruz de La Palma
Layers of color marching up the hill

One of the first images hovering over you as you leave the port for downtown is this charming church perched high above:

Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Luz (Hermitage of Our Lady of Light)

After exiting the port and making our way to the pedestrian street Calle O’Daly, we turned northeast and headed toward the sights. This is a great street to walk, take in the scenery, and enjoy the atmosphere without the traffic.

Calle O’Daly

We’ll continue this walk on Wednesday, but for now I’ll leave you with images of the typical doors and wonderful balconies for which Santa Cruz de La Palma is known:

Beautiful stone building on Calle O’Daly with…
… an exquisite draped balcony above

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Fun Photo Friday — San Juan Favorites


It’s All Downhill in San Juan

Click on any image below to enlarge and to bring up today’s photo gallery and slide show:

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Norwegian Epic — San Juan, Puerto Rico


San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is actually quite a fun place to street photography. There are lots of interesting buildings, picturesque streets, and colorfully attired tourists whenever the cruise ships are in port.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Most of the photos in today’s article were taken in the Old San Juan area. Others were snapped during a brief bus ride that took as farther to the east of this area. So, sit back and enjoy today’s photo gallery and slide show:

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