Thursday, 6 February 2014

Thick lentil soup and rusty Spanish on the island of La Gomera - John Brough visits

Fantastic Walking on the island of La Gomera

Our Managing Director, John Brough, makes a quick visit to La Gomera - a tiny island off Tenerife with a circumference of only fourteen miles - for research purposes. This year, we are running two walking holidays there, in February and November, and plan to introduce both painting and photography in 2015. Here are his brief comments, accompanied by photographs below:

"Ferry trip is fast and smooth – you see the high volcanic peak of Teide on Tenerife with a dusting of snow.

Past a very large group of small whales or bi dolphins. I think whales as some stayed at the surface and I’ve never seen dolphins do that.

Drive and photography effected really by low light angles which created an evening light that lasted about 3 hours! Because the landscape is all terraced in spite of super steep hills and it looks so good in evening light

The island does instantly create a relaxed feel.

Lovely first stop for lunch of thick lentil soup and time to dredge up Spanish with the lady who has the rerstaurant – my taking photos led to a million questions.  She showed me 16 year old playing football and we yarned about teenage sons – yarned perhaps a bit strong as language only just coming back – anyway sharing the time together was great and of course what I like most about my adventures.

Arrival at the Gran Rey produces a very hip scene with drummers on the beach and small crowd gathered on the wall watching the sun set towards America."

Quite an evocative feel. A wonderful island with a fantastic guide, Melanie Ebock. Melanie has adopted La Gomera as her home since 2000 when she first came to the island to work as a volunteer in the local national park. Taken with the rough beauty of La Gomera, she stayed. Since then, she has endlessly explored the island on foot, in love with its rugged beauty, high mountains, wide valleys and the silence in the evening when the sun sinks into the sea. She is particularly familiar with the local flora, the ancient Gomerans who lived on the island over 500 years ago and the customs and traditions which are maintained by the today's islanders.

For more information about our holidays in La Gomera, please follow the link above, or call us in the office - we may be able to tell you about our plans for 2015!
Leaving Tenerife behind - on the short ferry ride to La Gomera

Looking down the barranco