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Holiday Snaps – Step this way to Tenerife

I’ve had more than my fair share of stick… and sticks.

And stick about sticks.

But I’ve become dependant on them, and not just because there are more rings on my trunk now.

I do feel fitter now than I have done for some time and that is in large part down to the trekking trips I have been fortunate enough to go on in recent years.

I have to confess that on the first of those I sneered somewhat when I saw the oldies with their walking poles on their way to the Camino in Galicia in Spain.

But it was me who was left with egg on my face and pains in my calves.

My Dear Old Dad, a doctor by trade, was right when he would say that we all need a stick.

And there was a collection of them in our porch back in Chez Murty when I was growing up.

I added to that too when I transported an adorned and steel-tipped stick back from my fabled Oktoberfest trip. Along with a Stein and a medical bill!

Which my Dear Old Dad, James G as opposed to my James J, discovered when he ‘accidentally’ opened my mail some weeks later.

Walk in my footsteps

I make a point of grinning and bearing any pain abroad rather than going to the hospital now.

Not that any of that will befall you on your CanariaWays.com http://www.canariaways.com trip as you will have the best prep and back-up from your holiday provider.

All of which brings me to a trailer for my Tenerife trek which was published in The Herald newspaper this weekend an in case you missed it….

Here it is here… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/tenerife-walk/

And also to flag up these other Tenerife holidays… courtesy of TUI http://www.tuiholidays.ie.

Try seven nights over the Festive Season, and there are lots of quirky customs on the island.

From December 20, flying from Dublin to Tenerife and staying S/C in the 3* Globales Tamaimo Tropical from €719pps.

Or if those dates don’t suit, try January 3, from €409pps or January 17, from €419pps.

SNAP TO IT

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Walk in the park – Tenerife

It’s not a sight you want to see – a Fiftysomething bandana-wearing hairy Scotsman clambering over Tenerife rocks.

Gollum springs to mind!

But this was the challenge we took on on our CanariaWays.com www.Canariaways.com and www.aerlingus.com.

A word here on our guide Eva, a Tenerife native who knows these winding paths like the back of her hand.

Now living and working in Ireland I know all about ‘four seasons in a day’.

But Tenerife is on a different planet with 11 ecosystems.

Tenerife is truly a different world where you can be walking in the shadow of volcanoes (dormant) one minute.

And rainforests the next,

But one thing is a constant today… the baking sun.

And our guide Eva, who is as bright and vivacious as the sun.

Gang of four: Claire, Maria, Bandanaman and Eva

As are our CanariaWays colleagues Maria and Claire.

Eva, or La Masochists, as I tag her delights in the nickname.

5ft 4ins in her trainers she skips up those cliffs and makes whip-crackin’ sounds to keep me keeping up.

Quite what this cat thought? Well, he know the best thing to do when it hits 30C.

I’m not going far today

And when it’s all over and we reach the oasis of a bar after 10kms of trekking she hasn’t shed a bead of sweat.

And while my warm-down is trying (unsuccessfully) to touch my toes Eva is doing an aerobics and salsa dance routine front of us.

Before dancing off into the sun.

You’re Eva in our thoughts.

This is my last day in Tenerife (although) I will be back.

To walk more if this unique island.

And here are two more walks I’ve taken and would love to share A pilgrim’s prayer and Small roads lead to Rome.

And a recap on some other thoughts on Tenerife Tenerife and Scotland wave the same flag and Vegging out in Tenerife.

Also visit http://www.webntenerife.com and www.webtenerife.co.uk/tenerifenolimits.

Aer Lingus http://www.aerlingus.com has seven flights a week from Dublin to Tenerife and up to two flights a week from Cork during the winter schedule.

Fares from €69.99.

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Tenerife and Scotland wave the same flag

O Flower of Tenerife

When will we see…

No, I haven’t been on the vino, only I have.

Or been out in the Midday sun. Guilty too.

But I could be home, if it weren’t for the 30C temperature, the humdreds of volcanoes, 11 microclimates and rainforest… Need I go on.

Flagging it up: The St Andrew’s Cross masthead

It’s just that that’s a Scottish flag waving proudly.

And it’s not a Scottish exiles pub.

It’s there in the masthead of a local newspaper too.

Now there is a prosaic answer to why we share flags.

One theory goes that it’s because Admiral Lord Nelson lost a battle here and the flag was confiscated.

And the Tinerfenos confiscated it as spoils of war and adopted it as their national flag.

The flag, that is.

Convincing as that sounds, and the Scottish flag alas has flown over more defeats than victories. the romantic in me favours another story,

Here’s where to get the wine

That St Andrew (or Andres) our shared patron saint visited the island (maybe they did package tours then from the Holy Land).

Just in time for the new wine.

Just to be sociable he imbibed.

When he was grabbing a siesta (our Andrew was a quick learner) the local bambinos tied pots and pans to him.

So when he awoke his language was not so much of the saintly kind.

No, this guy is in Scotland

You want to know more about Andy’s links to Scotland.

Well, the best place to go is a dovecot in Athelstaneford 32kms east of Edinburgh and the National Flag Heritage Centre.

St Andrew’s visits

Where the story of King Oengus II is played out.

The King of the Picts had a visit from Andrew, maybe after Oengus had too much wine too, on the eve of battle with the Angles.

Andrew had not come empty-handed either, he was promising a famous victory.

And her too

The next day Oengus and his army saw white clouds forming a diagonal cross across a blue sky.

A Scottish tale

Handy, as Andy had died on a disgonal cross.

And so the legend of the flag was born and St Andrew was adopted as patron saint of Scotland.

Athelstaneford is well worth a visit… www.nationalflagtrust.com and my bonnie wee country too www.vistscotland.com.

But this is more like it… Tenerife.

While our sister island Tenerife is too.

We’re kinsmen

I’m here in Tenerife this week roadtesting the new www.caminoways.com frontier the Canaries www.canariaways.com. With flights from Dublin with www.aerlingus.com seven times a week and twice a week from Cork.

Fares start from €69.99.

And I’ll uncover, and share more, as I go. For more visit www.webtenerife.com and www.webtenerife.co.uk/tenerifenolimits.

And to get into the spirit if walking in Spain and what CaminoWays does here’s my Camino to Santiago A pilgrim’s prayer.