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Old Posted Feb 16, 2011, 9:11 AM
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Smile Freki presents Tenerife

Hi guys...

The GF and I spend last week on the Canary Islands.. more specifically La Gomera and Tenerife..

The weather was nice, the water warm and the people friendly.. and all in all it was a blast that was over way too soon...

Anyways you guys know the drill, so here are some pics from:

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Time for a trip with a submarine














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Reminds me of Afghanistan.


Needless to say, it looks like paradise on earth. Wow.

EDIT: Sorry Frek, forgot to add: Outstanding photos as always. Amazingly vibrant colours are what really made it look like paradise.
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Old Posted Feb 16, 2011, 7:08 PM
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Very touristy, but not bad, looks like a good relaxing place.

I like how the colors of the various structures suit the landscape in my opinion. The whites, and the pastels.
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Great photos.
I wonder what the ratio of tourists to residents is?
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i want to go to there.
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The ocean is beautiful. I didn't know it was so dry there. I'm not sure if I like the city itself, but, it looks like a nice place to vacation. Great photos, thanks!
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Old Posted Feb 22, 2011, 6:39 AM
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Donde esta Teide?
The national park was closed due to ice on the roads so we couldn't get up there

You can see the peak in a couple of the pics in this thread..


Or here seen from nearby island Gomera



See Gomera thread here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=188815
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Looks nice but I hate it when places install breakwaters parallel to the shore like in Tel Aviv and here.. Makes the beach look so unnatural. I never understood why places do that.
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Looks nice but I hate it when places install breakwaters parallel to the shore like in Tel Aviv and here.. Makes the beach look so unnatural. I never understood why places do that.
This is usually done to prevent the waves and currents from eroding away the beach when there is no natural barrier, in many cases because the beach is manmade, or has been enlarged from it's natural state. It could also serve to make the beach more pleasant if it is prone to large/strong/high waves, either naturally or from boats.

Looks like a nice place to vacation, and the landscape and vegetation are beautiful. Needless to say, these are the canary islands, and I don't see a single canary. What sort of madness is this???
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Solid. Your first sunset shot is amazing. Nice thread.
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This is usually done to prevent the waves and currents from eroding away the beach when there is no natural barrier, in many cases because the beach is manmade, or has been enlarged from it's natural state. It could also serve to make the beach more pleasant if it is prone to large/strong/high waves, either naturally or from boats.
I know why it is done and maybe this is a special case because this particular island may not have many beaches or this is the only one close to the tourist center. However, in the case of Tel Aviv it seems pretty lame. San Diego on the open Pacific doesn't have them so why would a Mediterranean city need those things? I'm sure waves in Tel Aviv don't get big very often.
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Great shots Freki, as always!

I love how a lot of the architecture has a curvy, almost organic look to it, following the form of the hills it sits on. That sun looks like a death sentence for Irish skin though...
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Looks like a nice place to visit!
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thanks for the pics. looks nice. how much was the submarine tour? is it common to see dolphins? i may have to take the wife.

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thanks for the pics. looks nice. how much was the submarine tour?
It's been awhile but I recall it as being around 40 Euro's each ( we book/paid trough our travel agency's local office ) it certainly wasn't bad.. but the trip wasn't very long either ( about an hour )

The curved windows and the lacking light made taking pictures pretty hard, but it was a very cool experience..

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is it common to see dolphins? i may have to take the wife.
Supposedly there's a flock of Pilot whales living right off the coast year round and since there are fish farms too in the area dolphins should be plentyful.. ( both seems very acustomoed to tourist boats )
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I know why it is done and maybe this is a special case because this particular island may not have many beaches or this is the only one close to the tourist center. However, in the case of Tel Aviv it seems pretty lame. San Diego on the open Pacific doesn't have them so why would a Mediterranean city need those things? I'm sure waves in Tel Aviv don't get big very often.
It's not just about the size of the waves, it's about the contours off the beach, wave direction, frequency, etc. Take Hawaii - Oahu has no shortage of natural beaches, but Waikiki, for example, wouldn't exist without regular dumps of additional sand. Most of the Mediterranean coast is naturally rocky, not beaches, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if many beaches in the area are man-made (or at least man-maintained). A natural beach might also be 8 feet wide, when to be a good beach for human uses, 80 is more useful.

Great pics. Those submarines are everywhere now, haha. I always love the cactus/marine life contrast. Tropical beaches are the ideal, but there's something special about arid/desert coastlines.
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Canary Islands (and Madeira) are places I've always wanted to visit. It does look like paradise.
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I wish it was closer to the States. I'd love to go there. I've heard it's a fantastic place for windsurfing.

Any shots of the opera house on the other side of the island?
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