Thursday 27 October 2011


Lanzarote is the easternmost of the Canary Islands.  According to the young person who sent me the card, it is a very beautiful island but it's better to visit for a holiday than for living because it is very small and isolated.  At the time of sending, she had been there four years.

The map takes some interpretation.  Some of it is evident - muscular men in the sea, camels.  The devil on top of the mountain appears to signify the Timanfaya National Park.  Just below that, the brown hoops over greenery I think must represent vines growing in small terraces protected from the wind by walls.

The whole island is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because of its unique environment.
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  1. That postcard isn’t the best representation of my home! I live in Playa Blanca down in the south of Lanzarote. As it was a young person we must be kind, but I did smile at the message. Isolated we are not! and as for living here - well I retired to this beautiful place! If you want to see and read more about Lanzarote have a look at Lanzarote on Foot by Caminante.

  2. I just knew Little Nell would comment as soon as I saw the card. I have spent several happy holidays at Costa Tequise;Timanfaya is like being on the moon. Least said about the camels though the better.

  3. Little Nell, I did suspect it wasn't a good representation, but couldn't resist. :)

    Bob, I've never had the pleasure of visiting the Canaries at all, unfortunately.

  4. Wow, the colors are amazing, and it's quite an inviting card to bring people to come and visit! thanks for posting it here!

  5. I've done three transatlantic crossings now but haven't made it to the Canaries yet! Stopped twice in Madeira, though, and I just love it there.


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