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30th March, 2015

Las Palmas

Weather conditions were far better than the last time we called in Las Palmas five weeks ago, but the port was no less congested, at least near the entrance. Another big cargo ship was at anchor right in the harbour entrance taking fuel bunkers but, as might be expected, the pilot was suitably relaxed.

Not having been to the old town and cathedral (hard to believe really considering how many times I have called at Las Palmas), my wife and I opted to catch a bus which was easy enough (a number 1 just across the main road), and surprisingly efficient. It stopped at numerous traffic lights and did take almost thirty five minutes to cover the three miles or so, but cost less than three Euros. Once at the terminus by the theatre we strolled over towards the cathedral of Santa Ana, which is a lovely example of 15th century Spanish architecture and with a splendid square to the front. Unfortunately the great doors were closed to visitors so no chance to peek inside, so we continued around the cobbled streets where traditional houses still stood, some with delightful balconies. There was time to take a little tapas sat outside a street side café before we took the obligatory walk through the rather too convenient shopping street. The wallet survived and consequently I opted to return to the ship by taxi. It took less than five minutes and only cost six Euros. It did cross my mind why I had bothered to take the bus, but it was one way of catching local ‘colour’.

We sailed late in the evening, a slow journey across to our next Canarian port.

Captain Philip Rentell

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