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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vertigo

Vertigo

The "mirador" (viewpoint) at the Restaurant Mirador del Palmerejeo, designed by architect César Manrique, overlooking the steep-sided Valle Gran Rey.

An article in the Sunday Mirror newspaper once said of La Gomera that "Vertigo sufferers need not apply" and they weren't joking! The roads with "dizzying drops into green ravines" provide as much adrenalin entertainment as a roller coaster ride and are definitely not for the faint of heart. There is even a half joke on the island that there are no bad drivers there, because they're all dead (falling off such precarious precipices does not tend to cause only minor injuries).


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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