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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Myth and Mist

Myth and Mist

We take a short trip from Tenerife over to the neighbouring island of La Gomera. If you want to do this physically, it only takes an hour or less from Los Cristianos and, after several trips there myself, in my opinion, it is well worth the effort.

You can understand why there's still laurasilva (laurel cloud or rain forest) on the island of La Gomera when you see mist or low cloud like this over the center of the island and the Roque Agando (video - you'll hear it gets windy there too). This area, if we believe the legend, is probably where La Gomera's own Romeo and Juliet, Gara and Jonay, threw themselves to their death, rather than be parted.

Whether fact or fiction, Gara and Jonay gave their names to La Gomera's Parque Nacional de Garajonay - Garajonay National Park - recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In 2005, the Garajonay National Park, which in 2006, celebrated the 25th Anniversary of its creation, received a total of 854,824 visitors.

You can just make out the shape of Tenerife's Mount Teide in the background.

See where this picture was taken. [?]

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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