Irregular Post; Gran Canaria to Nice

Friday Dec 23rd

Hola et Bonjour,

          We used the last day in Gran Canaria closer to home. Downtown Puerto Tico to get stamps to send postcards to dos nietos in Hong Kong. This village is larger than our neighborhood of Playa Amadores. Vacation condos are carved chocker-block into the barrancas walls, all the way to the top. If there is a “next time” to Gran Canaria, we will definitely stay in the north where the locals live.

          Arguinegiun was a working fishing village with some tourist condos away from the rocky beaches. Interesting local pleasant grittiness here. But still too many condos. Further afield we went uphill and away from the coast to a “preserved” village; Aguemas. Oops here. The “business model” was to preserve the old look of Gran Canaria  but in the process it became sterile!! After noon is quiet time and few people are about except for a few tourists. Tiendas were cerrado until 3P; siesta. A few restaurants/cafes were open but all had the same menu in four languages. I did shoot some and probably got a couple of OK ones  but I felt it was a movie set waiting for the actors.

          Dinner was at the upscale AQUI restaurant in one of the beach resorts in Playa Amadores. They had seven starters and seven mains along with some nice inexpensive house wine by the glass. We had a lovely tasty olive salad with shaved parmesan after a nice squash soup amuse bouche that you drank from a translucent cone. Meg had sea bass with a spanish risotto and I had filet of beef with a spanish ratatouile. A three scoop ice cream set finished it off. Lovely and tasty.

          OK back home and REPACK for the next leg. Some fitting had to be done to include some almond cookies from Tejeda. Alarm set for 5:45A. Finish the last of the spanish wine, 5E for a bottle that would have been three times that at home. Gran Canaria is VERY affordable. If you just want playa with others it is a top choice. Only down is the long flight with a connection in Spain, or England or some northern European place!!; no direct flights from US. For those like us, who really don’t do beaches, the north of the island would be best.

         Third leg; Norwegian Air – Gran Canaria to Nice goes through Copenhagen!!!. A book and notebook writing time, perhaps some doze time as well. Bring a picnic because like most flights now, food is NOT free and could be just hot or cold sandwiches. CPH airport is a fine place to spend a two layover. At a NICE restaurant, we each had a fine glass of wine, I had roast duck with squash puree and kale. Meg had her favorite scandanavian open-faced tiny-shrimp “sandwich”. From order to leave 45 minutes.

A taxi from Nice airport to the city and an Ibis Styles hotel again. We have a loyalty card for Accor Hotels of which Ibis is one. We’ll call Nice home for four days ;~}. We have Christmas Day reservations for a lovely bistro and who knows what else for tasties!

Joyeuses Fetes and TahhTah

“travel light and wear a smile.”

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