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Tenerife - Puerto de la Cruz






My first journey to Tenerife took place in 2008. In the meantime I visited the island once. This time was third because of convenient and affordable return flight from Tenerife to El Hierro. Tenerife is the biggest of the Canary Islands and El Hierro the smallest.
Tenerife South Airport welcomed us with a good warm weather being a contrast to English winter cold. The airport is very busy and full with people, coaches and other vehicles. Waiting for a bus to Puerto de la Cruz I could see taking off planes every 5-10 minutes. It is a huge business all year round. A bus goes to Puerto de la Cruz around the island and it takes around an hour and a half. A lot has changed for the better there. A bit colder and cloudy but you may sea a beautiful town located between the ocean and volcanic rocks. The town is often visited by tourists but still not crowded, quiet , very attractive, safe, hospitable and a lot more. Every evening you may hear played nice music in a few places. Puerto de la Cruz has its unrepeatable spirit and beauty. There is a beautiful few kilometres walk along the ocean from one side of the town to other. Normally you may see  a great view of Mount Teide above but this time was covered by clouds most of the time.
I don’t like to travel to the same place again but Puerto de la Cruz is an exception and I loved to be there. The main tourist attraction and destination is  Loro Park. It is the zoo but unusual zoo. It is located in the beautifully maintained evergreen park. Visiting the zoo takes a few hours at least . It is not boring to stay there even the whole day long. The most exciting thing in Loro Park are shows performed by orcas, dolphins, sea lions and parrots. These shows are really top quality and animals and trainers seem to be happy during the performance. Puerto de la Cruz is linked by bus with the heart of Tenerife – Teide National Park. The huge area presenting unusual wild and fabulous landscape. Everywhere hard old lave forming this enormous crater with many rock formations. Everything located over 2000 m above sea level. Sometimes Puerto de la Cruz is with clouds but Teide Park welcomes us with a clear blue sky. Most of the area of the park is located at the bottom of the volcano El Teide – the highest peak of Spain /3700 m above sea level/ It was only three days long stay in Tenerife but very exciting an engrossing. Maybe I will go there forth times ? :-)  We have started to thing about our flight to El Hierro….

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Gozo is the second largest inhabited island of the Republic of Malta and covers only 64 square kilometers. Around 10 km journey by a ferry takes less than one hour. The Malta Island is very good linked linked with Gozo by ferries. Ferries are quite big and able to transfer cars as well. It was a big pleasure to sail and sea the Malta Island from the sea. My trip to Gozo was one day excursion and I decided to visit the place which seemed to be the most interesting to me – the Dwejra Bay. It was excellent choice and I could spend a few hours walking and enjoying fabulous views, beautiful coastline and rock formations. The landscape of Gozo and the entire country of Malta is quite flat but unusual about colours of rocks and its shapes. I think so I haven’t seen anything like that so far. I am still impressed. When I was coming back to the ferry passenger terminal I intuitively wanted to see the capital of Gozo Rabat. Its population is around 7000 inhabitants. The old part of town was really worth to visit and surprised me a lot. This day in Gozo was a gift for me. Everything was absolutely fine.

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The third largest island of the Republic of Malta is Comino. It sounds funny because Comino covers only 3.5 square kilometers in area. It was one of the smallest islands I have ever been. There is only one or two hotels. Comino is linked with Malta Island by small ferries sailing regularly during the day. The distance is just a few kilometers. The destination for ferries in Comino is the Blue Lagoon. The water is really blue, one of the best I have ever seen. Additionally a coastline is unusual too. I spend a few hours in Comino and walked around the island. On foot it is not such tiny :-) Maltese landscape looks poor but remains unrepeatable. During return sail from Comino the boat was sailing very close to the coastline of Comino let us admire from short distance the rocks and caves. It was absolutely fantastic experience.

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Malta Island - The Blue Grotto





Malta Island

It is genuinely beautiful island. The main island of the Republic of Malta. In November a temperature is around 20 degrees centigrade during the day. So very warm to visit what you like.  The countryside has a lot of flat land but its coastline is amazing. Absolutely fantastic rocks shaped in the naturally fabulous way. The Blue Grotto is a good example. I joined in a few short boat trip during my stay in Malta and it was an excellent occasion to see everything from a short distance.  A lot of old „yellow” buildings particularly Valletta, Mdina and Birgu. Malta is blessed with many prehistoric megalithic temples. What does it mean to me ? It means that for some reason it was a special place on Earth and attracted contemporaneous people to live there and leave the signs of their culture up to now. Of course everything is artificially rebuilt but eternal energy still flows in these places. I visited two temples : Tarxien Temples and Hagar Qim Temples. Everything in Malta exceeded all my expectations. If I had been a free man I would have stayed there for at least a few months :-)

Spain - Frigiliana - the view from the top of the hill El fuerte





Frigiliana is well-known as a tourist destination around Malaga. Frigiliana is located about 50 km from Malaga  and it is an excellent destination for one day trip.   This beautiful place is called „white village”.  If you look at the pictures of Frigiliana you can see only whitewashed small houses. The village has a historic character and a fantastic location in the mountains. Initially the small narrow and cobbled streets than attractive path  lead you up to The El Fuerte hill. Now we can see a picturesque view of Frigiliana , the Mediterranean Sea and mountains. I wanted to see in Spain something small, historic, beautiful and located in the mountains. Without a doubt Frigiliana has fully met my expectation.

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When you come back from Frigiliana to Malaga by bus you need to change in Nerja. It is a tourist resort and to be honest I didn’t expect anything special there. However I like to see and visit new places when is an occasion. Nerja gifted me with the Balcony of Europe that turned to be an absolutely fantastic place. The beaches with cliffs and adjacent square are still in my memory. I love such surprises ;-)

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Malaga - city centre





From Gibraltar and La Linea de la Conception to Malaga is around 3-4 hours by bus. The most of time the bus was going close to the coastline with countless tourist resorts. Anything special but, the blue sky, sunshine some palm trees and small Spanish towns delivered a sensation of good energy and relaxing atmosphere. We need to remember that from air conditioned bus the hot weather is experienced much better :-)  The centre of Malaga was very noisy and a bit repulsive. However it was only a first impression and the necessity to adapt and find ourselves in the new conditions. Malaga lies on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) and is the big city with population 600 000 and combine city tourist attractions with beaches. There are kilometers long beaches on either side of Malaga. You may lie down or stroll along the beach soaking feet in the sea :-) I have seen a couple of nudist beaches in the past. However for the first time I could see many women topless on the normal crowded beaches. It looked like commonly  accepted behavior.   From the city of Malaga to the beach is only a few hundred meters. The historic city centre of Malaga is small but beautiful, well maintained and cosy with two nice squares.  All is beautiful during the day and in the evening. The Castle of Gibralfaro is located on the high hill. There is really fantastic panorama of Malaga from there. Climbing is a big pleasure even in the sun:-) The port of Amalgam has a big area. Its part is located almost in the city centre. We may find there plenty of space to walk, relax and feel how the world beautiful is.  It is always an occasion to show gratefulness and ask fore even more abundance …..

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It is the typical tourist resort located around 15 kilometers from Malaga. A few kilometers long beach is divided into plenty small beaches named and organized separately. I have never seen anything like that. It was nice to walk and look but to be honest I wouldn’t like to be there longer than one day:-)

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La Linea de la Concepcion




La Linea de la Concepcion is the Spanish town with population 63000 and borders with Gibraltar which is with walking distance. Hotels are more affordable in La Linea than in Gibraltar and it is why we stayed there. Besides when Gibraltar sleeps La Linea still is awake and the streets are full of people. Many restaurants are open serving locals meals and giving to people a chance get together what the Spanish really love. July’s evenings are fantastically warm. The town centre has a historic look what together with some greener, palm trees and lights create a special atmosphere and relaxing ambiance. La Linen has its own beaches located at the Mediterranean Sea and Bay of Gibraltar. I expect only to stay for nights in this town bit finally it turned to be nice place to visit and enjoy summer evenings.


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Gibraltar - Europa Point





Gibraltar is the British Overseas Territory. The beautiful tiny piece of land located on the Iberian Peninsula. The area of Gibraltar is only around 7 square kilometers and borders with Spain. There is still a border control between Gibraltar and the town La Linea de la Conception located in Spain. I am not sure why it works like that. Maybe the reason is that the UK doesn’t belong to the Schengen Area. I was intrigued by Gibraltar since a few years. The Rock of Gibraltar was attracting my attention. You may think that is nothing to do in Gibraltar except for taking the cable car on the top of mountains. Yes, it can be a very short visit.  On the other hand if you are in Gibraltar it is very easy to notice that the Rock of Gibraltar is not only miraculous but enormous as well. The elevation is only 426 m /1400 Ft/ above sea level. It is possible to walk around the mountain or reach the upper rock area in three places. Everywhere you see the rock but from a different perspective. There is a fantastic  view changing itself  when you walk on the upper rock areas. The Strait of Gibraltar is very narrow – 14 km. It is easy to see North Africa. Walking on the rock and looking at it from a distance I could feel the solid foundation and imagine the very strong support. There are two important symbols which this mountain represents. If you experience both of them at the same time you will never be lost in your life. When you are in Gibraltar the Rock is your inseparable companion. You may see it all the time even you are in Spanish town La Linea de la Conception. Another great attraction of Gibraltar is Europa Point – the southernmost point of Gibraltar. The location is on the beautiful cliff with a flat area. Around you everywhere astonishing views and you become willing move your eyes back and forth from the Rock of Gibraltar to the Strait of Gibraltar with Africa or from beautiful area of the Europa Point with the cliffy costliness to the Mediterranean Sea. It was five days in unusual company of Gibraltar.  Of course the monkeys are there :-) quite a lot. They are quiet until you have nothing to eat in your hand. The monkeys are very willing to jump on you and enjoy your food :-) The monkey live on the upper rock. Gibraltar is very famous for its monkeys. There is the airport in Gibraltar. It had to be real priority for Gibraltar to have the airport because it works very strangely. The only road Winston Churchill Avenue connects  Gibraltar with Spain and vice versa. The curiosity is that the road crosses the runway:-) During landing and taking off all the traffic is stopped. Have you heard anything like that ? :-) If you like you may cross the runaway on foot. I enjoyed to do this many times :-)

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London July 216






The post from 26.11.2015


My short trip to London was in July. That means a few months ago. However I still remember those interesting days.Why ? There is some reasons at least :-) London was very friendly, even quiet and not too expensive when you are able to keep your wallet under control.:-) The main highlights of London are located in the city centre and you can see all of them just walking. I really enjoyed to see again the most famous places of London which I had seen for the first time 6 years ago. I took the picture on the Tower Bridg,e the same like six years ago and the reflection came to my mind. How was your life during past six years ? What kinds of good things happened? Have you got what you expected ? What happened in your inner and spiritual development during elapsed time?  Was it a progress in your life ?  etc. I may say all is well :-)
During this stay I discovered the city of London. The very modern part of London where you can walk among the high glass buildings and still to see saved single churches. I appreciated people who respected history when this part of London was planned and built.
Of course there are still a lot of places in London to see and enjoy and where I have not been yet. I would like to spent a month or two in London and explore the city every day. Yes, that sounds like a big dream, but if you don’t have any dreams you don’t even have  any chance to come true them.

In the meantime I have been to London many times but only travelling somewhere else via London and spending only a few hours in order to see something new.

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The post from 18.07.2009



Nasza dusza nie liczy czasu, ale nasz rozum tak. Minal juz miesiac od mojej bardzo ciekawej wizyty w Londynie. Nie przypuszczalem, ze Anglicy sa tak dumni ze swojej stolicy. Byla sloneczna piekna niedziela. Cieszylem sie z tego wyjazdu.Wczesniej kilkukodzinna nocna podroz pusta autostrada do Watford, gdzie zostawilem samochod. Zupelnie niepotrzebnie gdyz w niedziele nawet w centrum Londynu nie ma problemu z parkowaniem i jest ono nawet bezplatne. Pociagiem z Watford dojechalem do stacji London Euston w centrum.Mialem wypisane na kartce miejsca, ktore chcialem odwiedzic. Przyjazny Anglik podpowiedzial mi w jakiej kolejnosci najlepiej to zrobic. Pierwsze moje wrazenie z centrum bylo zwiazane z zauwazeniem sporej ilosci zieleni. Natknalem sie na oaze zieleni, ktora jest Bedford Square i kilka mniejszych ulic z tworzacymi aleje drzewami. Odwiedzilem trzy duze parki: Green Park, St James Park i slynny Hyde Park. Istotnie sa to parki, czyli pozostawione bardziej w stanie naturalnym niz wypielegnowane zielone tereny. Na rozleglych trawnikach w ten sloneczny niedzielny dzien odpoczywalo mnostwo ludzi. Zwlaszcza w St. James Park mozna bylo zauwazyc biegjace i wspinajace sie po drzewach liczne szare wiewiorki. Speaker’s Corner w Hyde Parku rzeczywiscie funkcjonuje nadal. Kilku zapalczywych mowcow w otoczeniu grup sluchaczy prezentowalo swoje poglady.Tuz obok Green Parku znajduje sie zamek krolewski Buckingham Palace czyli oficjalna rezydencja Krolowej Elzbiety II.Pzed palacem na rozleglym placu oprocz licznych turystow znajduje sie pomnik Krolowej Viktorii. Straznicy krolewscy stoja nieruchomo przed palacem co jakis czas maszerujac i zabawnie zmieniajac kierunki. Jak mysle dla rozprostowania kosci. Wspaniay budynek Westminster, siedziba brytyjskiego parlamentu stanowi moim zdaniem perle Londynu. Rzeczywiscie parlamentarzysci maja wspaniale lokum do prowadzenia swoich zabawnych czasami sporow. Big Ben oddzywa sie z dokladna regularnoscia.Westminster polozony jest nad sama Tamiza tuz przy Westminster Bridge. Spacerujac mostem zauwazamy zmieniajaca sie panorame Westminster. Wieze Westminster,Tamiza i most a w tle inne budynki, to dla mnie serce Londynu.Poprosilem jakiegos Azjate o zrobienie mi zdjecia w tym miejscu.Gdy wzial aparat do reki, ten z niewiadomych powodow przestal dzialac.Zartowalem, ze chyba dysponuje pozytywna moca, ktora zaklocila pierwszy raz dzialanie mojego aparatu.Wyciagnalem na chwilke baterie i wszystko bylo w porzadku. Okazalo sie, ze to Chinczyk z zona i malym dzieckiem, moze dwulatkiem. Wzialem dziecko na rece, bez zadnego protestu mamy i tym sposobem mam fajne zdjecie z malym Chinczykiem. Oczywiscie nie pamietam juz jego dziwacznie brzmiacego imienia ale to nastepne pokolenie tego rosnocego w sile kraju. Kraju ktory bedzie zmienial oblicze naszego swiata. Oblicze jak najbardziej pozytywne.Krotki rejs statkim po Tamizie nie nalezal do super atrakcji ale to prawdopodobnie punkt programu kazdej wycieczki. Na przeciwleglym brzegu Tamizy znajduje sie cieszace sie powodzeniem olbrzymie obracajace sie pionowo kolo, London Eye.Taki diabelski mlyn. Mozna z wysokosci kilkudziesieciu metrow obejrzec panorame Londynu przmieszczajac sie w duzych kabinach. Liczne mosty na Tamizie dodaja uroku spacerowi wzdluz rzeki.Najslynniejszy to Tower Bridge.Dwie wspaniale wieze laczy zwodzony ponad stuletni most. Rowniez na wyzszym poziomie lacza sie one ze soba pomostem, z ktorego mozna obserwowac panorame miasta. Jak wiele razy wspominalem lubie mosty i na pietrze Tower Bridge znajduje sie ekspozycja mysle okolo 20 zdjec wspanialych mostow z calego swiata. Tower Bridge zostal niejako dobudowany do pobliskiego zamku Tower of London. Mam tutaj na mysli podobienstwo architektoniczne.Fosy,liczne wieze, mury obronne i polozenie nad Tamiza skladaja sie na okazalosc i wyjatkowosc tej budowli jaka jest Tower of London.Innym ciekawym i popularnym miejscem, ktore rowniez mnie urzeklo jest Trafalgar Sguare.Olbrzymi przestronny plac otoczony pieknymi budynkami z fontanna w srodku i wysoka strzelista kilkudziesieciometrowa kolumna poswiecona admiralowi brytyjskiemu Nelsonowi.Powinienem jeszcze wspomniec o Piccadilly Circus,rowniez znanym i ciekawym placu w Londynie.W jego centralnym miejscu znajduje sie fontanna, na stopniach ktorej spotykaja sie i przesiaduja mlodzi Londynczycy. Londynskie metro zdecydowanie zasluguje na uwage. Jego liczne dobrze oznakowane i latwo dostepne stacje w centrum miasta zachecaja do korzystania z metra jako bardzo szybkiego sposobu przemieszczania sie. Eleganckie wagony pojawiaja sie na peronach blyskawicznie i z bardzo duza czestotliwoscia /czesto mniej niz minuta a byl to niedzielny rozklad jazdy/. Kilka razy nie zdazylem dobrze usiasc na laweczce a trzeba bylo wstawac. Anglicy czesto podkreslaja z duma, ze ich stolica jest ogromna. Zapewne maja racje, lecz najbardziej popularne miejsca w centrum Londynu mozna odwiedzic na piechote.To tyle co udalo mi sie doswiadczyc w Londynie, tylko przez jeden dzien. Kiedy wracalem wieczorem pociagiem do Watford przejezdzalem tuz obok nowego stadionu Wembley.Juz mialem wysiasc ale opanowalem sie bo bylo za pozno na zwiedzanie. Oprocz Wembley chcialbym jeszcze kiedys zobaczyc korty tenisowe w Wimbledon z nowym otwieranym i zamykanym nowoczesnym dachem, z ktorego Anglicy sa rowniez, ale juz w sposob zabawny dla mnie dumni …

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Lisbon - a view from The Saint George's Castle





I have been to Lisbon once. It was one day visit but I steel remember it. During the return journey from Sao Miguel to the UK I decided to spend one day in Lisbon. It was an excellent occasion to see again the city centre and explore something else. I have still remembered the castle located uphill from the heart of the city. I took the chance to see the Sao Jorge Castle. It was the beautiful walk up with plenty of the occasion to see Lisbon from different perspectives. The castle is one of the main tourist attraction in Lisbon. Even in January Lisbon is quite warm and encourages tourist to visit its attractions. The castle is located on the big area and has a lot of space in order to walk or sit and relax with striking views of the city. The city centre of Lisbon is old and sometimes a bit neglected. Nothing has changed since my first visit in December 2008. Despite a such situation Lisbon is quite attractive, friendly, familiar and even a bit charming city. I would like to go there again and discover new attractions …..

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