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You can lose everything, but nobody will take away what you saw and what you experienced...

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Dec 01, 2017 12:00 AM For 12 euro to Maspalomas

For 12 euro to Maspalomas At sunrise our ship arrived to Las Palmas. I have been here few times already, but I did not see the sand dunes in Maspalomas - in the south of the island where most of hotels for vacationers is concentrated. The most simple method is to take the bus no.30 from Santa Catalina bus station - just 200 m from the pier. Buses go every half an hour and the single ride cost 6,15 euro. Sometimes the want you to change the bue in San Telmo station. Go to he last stop - it is about an hour of picturesque route and at the end you will see the fancy hotels of thd tourist ghetto. The last stop is close to the lightouse. Then you can take a long walk along the coast and through the diunes - they are up to 50 m high. Nudist beach (a bit shocking) on the way!
In the evening we will start to cross Atlantic Ocean. Next message after 6 days! Keep your fingers for the weather! Thank you!

Nov 30, 2017 12:00 AM The best view from Lanzarote

The best view from Lanzarote In the early morning we docked in Lanzarote - on Canary Islands.
I know the island, but I nerver bee to the famous Mirador del Rio in the north. My new Russian friends from Ahrkhangelsk - Russia invited me to join their trip on rented car. We were driving first to thd Cactus Garden (6 euro entry - if you want) an then to this fantastic Mirador. It is overlooking the strait beetwee Lanzarote and Graciosa Islands. There were clouds passing by but the in the middle the panorama was great!

Nov 28, 2017 12:00 AM Cloudy Cadiz

Cloudy Cadiz Yesterday we passed through the hazy Gibraltar Strait. Today I have a chance to visit for the first time historic Cadiz (Kadyks in Polish).
We are docking in the middle of the old city - just a short walk from huge new cathedral. The old town here is nicely restored - it is a pleasure to stroll the labirynth of narrow streets. Palms are planted along the main streets, but it is cloudy today. 17 deg Celsius.
My ship is nice, but sorry - no other Polish passengers aboard. You have to take care on the cruise because Costa - the owner of the ship is trying to milk you on every possible way... But you know, that I have already experience, how to avoid extra payments.
In the evening we will be sailing to Canary Islands - I hope there will be a sun again!

Nov 25, 2017 12:00 AM Barcelona once again...

Barcelona once again... Bus no 21 goes from my Cal Siles hostal to the city centre. Single tickets for the bus are more expensive then 2 years ago - you pay 2,15 euro for the ride. If you stay longer it is worth to buy T10 tickets foe 10 euro...
My ship arrived only at 1 pm. I left my pack to be delivered to the cabin and walked back through the high Europa Bridge (what a view, but it is 3kms walk each way!) to enjoy the atmosphere of Barcelona streets - artists and vendors on Rambla, fountains on Plaza Catalunya. Each time I am here the image of this city is different, so it is worth to come here again...
We are departing in the evening and as you know the internet access on the ship iv VERY expensive I will probably upload the next message after few days... Sorry, dear friends...

Nov 24, 2017 12:00 AM Flying back to the continent...

Flying back to the continent... It was still dark at 7.15 am when I left hotel heading to the airbus bus stop near Mercado. The bus should depart at 7.40... At 8.20 they are closing the gate for my flight! 7.45 - no bus... I am getting nervous, I shouldn't trust Madeira buses! 7.50 - no bus... 7.53 - uffff- yes, arrived - I am boarding the bus...
Sun was rising when we were going by high road on the cliffs (see picture) to the airport. The line to the security was short. They were still boarding easyJet when I reached the gate. Ufff... We departed soon to Porto. Why to Porto? - Because it is the chapest way to go from Madeira to Barcelona. :) If you use low-cost airlines sometimes it looks like a nonsense, but it is the way to save money... I am waiting in Porto for the connection on the other low-cost carrier... Guys from security are (no comment) here - they confiscated my emergency food ration - the can with the meat! But otherwise Porto airport is nice - in the waiting hall near gate 35 they have regular computer stands with internet access to use for free. I believe I will be in Barcelona in the evening...

Nov 23, 2017 12:00 AM Last day on Madeira

Last day on Madeira This is my third visit to Madeira byt I never had enough time to see the Botanical Garden. The problem is that it is located far from the "centro" and some 200 m above sea level. Because the lack of the signs is also not easy to find in the labirynth of the streets on the slopes.
City bus 31 goes there (1,95 euro each way) but I decided to climb :)
It is important to go up the little streets Rochinha an Camino do Meio on the edge of ribeira. It is serious, steep climbing! Allow min. 30 minutes each way. Once you will see the yellow fence and yellow taxi cabs you are close to. They charge 5,50 euro entry fee, no discounts... There are cacti and ferns and images made of flowers, but for somebody who saw bigger gardens it could be disappointing.
Down in the city I took a walk to the coastal area of the Fort San Tiago - this is the oldestpart of Funchal with mane restored houses and streets converted into pedestrian zones. Many, many restaurants for tourists - they sit and eat and eat.... :)
This is my last day on exotic Madeira. Tomorrow I will fly back to the continent...

Nov 22, 2017 12:00 AM From ocean level to 1818 m (by car)

From ocean level to 1818 m (by car) Yesterday I asked the lady in tourist info office about the weather forecast for today. -It will be like today: sunny with some haze in the mountains! I booked little car...
It was raining in the morning, but the car was booked... I thought that on the level of 1818 m on Pico Areeiro I will be above clouds. I took me 1,5 hours driving on narrow mountain roads to reach the radar station on the peak. Clouds around, rain and wind, almost zero visibility. Sorry, bad luck! Going down I stopped at Monte Church to see the grave of the last Austrian emperor and famous tobogans used by locals to slide the tourists down... Funny - see them waiting on the picture!
Then I turned again to the mountains. There is famous valley Curral das Freiras (Nuns Valley) situated on the level 633 m, with great views from little settlement. You go there through the eucalyptus forest and 2,6-kms tunnel. Yes, I saw the settlement, but nothing else. Bad luck!
Ironically, when I was returning car in Funchal at 4 pm the great sun was shinning down there (but the peaks were still in the clouds)...
I always repeat talking to the young travellers: you should perfectly prepare your expeditions, but you will also need a bit of luck! :)

Nov 21, 2017 12:00 AM By ferry - back to Madeira...

By ferry - back to Madeira... It is time to say goodbye to the Porto Santo - the new, lovely island in my collection! Carla - charming host from "Colina" took me to the ferry. There are also flights between Madera and Santo but they are so expensive, that almost all tourists and locals use "Lobo Marinho" ferry.
They sell tickets in advance via internet and round trip costs 46 euro.
After 2,5 hours sailing in Madeira's capital Funchal I was walking half an hour by cobbled streets to find my "Sirius" hotel. Recommended! If you book in advance you can have here a room with bath and substantial buffet breakfast (ham, cheese, yoghurt) for just 21 euro...
I was walking again the narrow streets of the old town to the Farmers Market (Mercado Lavradores) where ladies in the local traditional costumes sell flowers and one kilo of bananas costs 1 euro...
In the street going from the cathedral down to the coastal promenade I found the monument dedicated to Polish Marshall Jozef Pilsudski - very important person in our history. He spent here 4 months in 1930/31 years. I will keep the fingers crossed for the weather for tomorrow - I plan to rent a small car and go up to the mountains...

Nov 20, 2017 12:00 AM Santo: 200 m up, 100 m down, and again!

Santo: 200 m up, 100 m down, and again! Santo is a hilly, volcanic island. They are renting here the bikes for 12 euro per day, but I do not recommend them unless you are really good in mountain biking. I myself rely on my experienced legs :) Today I was exploring south-west of Santo. Peved road is climbing here to the level of 115 m. At the end of the pavement you have 4 options, 4 gravel roads. One goes to the Espigao Peak. Then you must go down and climb again to the Miradouro (view point) Flores - absolutely worth the effort. Then you are coming down to go to the ocean level to see unusual bay of Zimbralinho. After return to " 115" you can continue via fourth "finger" to Moreno... This was my program for today - it took me 6 hours and more then a hundred pictures. Finally I went down to Calheta at the end of the 9-kms beach just to come to the conclusion that this part of the beach is the best. Probably also one of the best beaches in Europe. Hmmm... It it Europe here?

Nov 19, 2017 12:00 AM Columbus was here

Columbus was here The famous discoverer of America spent some time on Santo Island. Long enough to fall in love and to merry the daughter of the local governer... In the center of Vila Baleira, next to the church you can visit stone house called Casa de Colon. There is small museum and they charge 2 euro entry fee...
After great sunrise - just in front of my window - I had a sunny day to visit the pier, the beach (there are black stones on the white sand - not shown on the promotional pictures!) and to walk up to the Mirador Portela (180 m) giving the best view of the town and 9-kms white beach. From this view point I took the walk to the beautiful valley Serra de Fora and down to the easterm coast of the island. Gravel road goes from there to the sheer south-east cape of the island. Yes, it is possible to walk around this cape - they dug 50-m tunnel under the high rock so you can go to the southern side and follow poor path heading to the port. I was happy to see this area, facing little Cima Island with its lighthouse. But how to come back home? No buses, car drivers here do not know what is hitchhiking - their cars are not bougth to help the others... :) As a result I walked another 8 kms from the port to my pension on paved road. It was 5,5- hours walk in total... But sun is shining and I expect another interesting day tomorrow!

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