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La Palma Island
All about La Palma, the jewel of the Canary Islands
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  • Breña Baja: The Old Butcher's Shop 3 days ago The old butcher’s shop stands on the outskirts of the village of San Jose, in Breña Baja, near the Paradorof La Palma. The building dates from the late 19th century, and it was a butcher’s shop until the 1960s. But now it’s been renovated as a craft exhibition and shop. Although the place is...
  • Books in Spanish 1 week ago Just a reminder that both my paperback books are available in Spanish too. Like the English editions, you can buy them directly from me, or from Amazon. (Full disclosure: if you buy direct, it costs you the same, but I get a little more money.) If you’re looking for presents for friends and...
  • Peace Day 1 week ago Spain stayed out of both world wars, so they don’t celebrate Remembrance Day in November. They have Peace Day instead, which schools usually celebrate on January 30th. Of course this year they did it on Friday 28th. In Primary school they wear something white, or mostly white (if the children...
  • Almond Blossom in Garaf??a and Puntagorda 2 weeks ago The almond trees have blossomed early this year. Most of the almond trees are in Puntagorda and Garafía, although there’s a good number in El Paso too. They produce small, rather bitter almonds which are out of fashion and don’t fetch a good price, (although I enjoy a saucer of toasted almonds...
  • Blessing animals in Fuencaliente 3 weeks ago Sunday 17th is the fiesta of San Antonio Abad (St. Anthony the Abbot) in Fuencaliente, and at midday the priest holds a special, traditional service to bless the animals in the church square. I went some years ago, out of curiosity. I didn’t know whether to expect pets or farm animals, but there...

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