Sunday, May 2, 2010

Basking in the Canary Island Sun

I am going to jump into our monthlong trip around Europe...very intimidated by all there is to tell, but will try to do it in right size pieces.

Kirk took a month of leave after completing his work commitment in Brussels. We went to the Canary Islands, then to the UK, and finally to Eastern Europe. Three regions we were itchin' to spend more time. Our first stop was well planned because after all that moving we wanted some sun and fun - and to escape the chill of Belgium. We headed to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. These islands are a part of Spain yet they are located next to Africa!

We touched down in Lanzarote and our rental car temperature gauge mirrored the smile on my face with 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Farenheit)!We shed our coats and basked in the sun. Driving away from the airport I was taken aback by the unique landscape. Volcanos everywhere!We headed first to the home of artist Cesar Manrique. It was a funky, colorful spot surrounded by volcanos.Manrique's home was an art masterpiece itself, much like Dali's house was. These artist abodes really show off the genius behind these men.The land wasn't the only enchanting part of Lanzarote. The plants and flowers were lush and alluring. Check out these cacti at Cesar's home...This colorful sculpture has become a popular postcard symbol of Lanzarote. I loved the geometric shapes and symmetry.
We took Connor inside Manrique's home. We made sure to point out and emphasize this sign with Connor. Note kids must hold adult hands. The message was subtle but well made.
Inside was a treasure trove of art and architectural wonder.What a museum! There were caves, tunnels and caverns amidst the hot Lanzarote sun and the volcanic landscape. It all made for a one-of-a-kind mix!Not a bad pad. It was easy to see Manrique's paint on canvas art...but the botanical art was an incredible and rewarding surprise. I knew right away I was going to love Lanzarote!

1 comment:

julescj said...

I enjoyed reading about your visit to the C├ęsar Manrique Fundacion which also included some great photos. I wonder what else you are planning to visit during your Lanzarote trip?