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The LZ-10 to Haría

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Just a look at the map gives you some idea of what the road to Haría is like.

The spectacular views of the ocean in the distance are combined with a drop of several hundred metres on one side of a road that is not always wide enough for two vehicles to pass without slowing.

Here is a short film I made of a journey along the road last year.  It does not contain any sound:

That said, the road is sometimes used for racing:

24 Hour Shopping in Puerto del Carmen

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Visitors to Lanzarote coming from the UK will be familiar with the concept of 24 hour shopping, but for visitors from other countries it may come as a bit of a surprise.  Now a supermarket in the old town of Puerto del Carmen has caught on to the idea and is open “a todas horas”.

24h supermarket in Puerto del Carmen

24h supermarket in Puerto del Carmen (Photo: C. & L. Tappenden)

Not that they were not open late into the night before.  The whole arrangement looks a bit like a cashpoint – “hole in the wall” would definitely be a fitting description.

The supermarket in question is “Marcelo” in the Calle Roque Nublo.  Customers select their goods from around 2000 items on a touchscreen built into what really does look like a cashpoint at the front of the store.  Alcoholic drinks can only be purchased before 10pm, and only then after the security camera operator has confirmed that it is an adult making the purchase.

Once the shopper has finished chosing their items, they then pay for their items – the machine takes Euro notes up to 50EUR – and wait for their goods to be delivered in a drawer below the machine.

So will it catch on?  Well, according to an article on a local website a second machine was due to open at a petrol station in Arrecife.  The creators claim that the system is unique to the Canary Islands, which, although maybe a shame for shoppers elsewhere who would also like have such a facility, it does mean that it will be something I definitely want to see on my next visit to Lanzarote.

Feeding the fish in Puerto del Carmen

Monday, September 29th, 2008

I’ve blogged before about the fish in the old harbour at Puerto del Carmen.  Having just found out that the harbour is being redeveloped and thus it is not possible to feed the fish at present, I remembered that I made a short film of the fish jumping for the bread being thrown to them last year.

Here it is:

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