Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Gran Canaria

From -20C to +20C.
What a pleasant change. After enjoying winter in West Tatra we flew with RyanAir  from Krakow to Gran Canaria. The flight was found through azair.cz (best flight search engine for European flights)  . We picked the least expensive tickets, you have to pay even for water in the plane. It takes five and half hours with Boeing 737 to get there.
We spent couple of weeks on Gran Canaria and were staying in Monsenor Apartments at "Playa del Cura". It is located on south west shore of Gran Canaria. It was mostly sunny with daily averages between 22-25C and 14-17C at night.The ocean was cold. No rain but little windy. The area is pretty much deserted. Kids enjoyed sandy beaches, amenities of the apartment and definitely Palmitos Park.  We had to slow down with sunbathing as the kids were vomiting at night and I did not feel well either. For transportation we  just used public buses. There are two companies that provide public transportation on Gran Canaria. Global- between villages and Guaguas Municipales-in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. We did the bus City Sightseeing tour of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The historic downtown is  small area and in walking distance from main bus terminal.

Pictures:      Monsenor Apartments
                    Puerto Mogan
                    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The accommodation was booked through homeaway.com. This is excerpt of the review from our stay there:
"... Apartment complex is situated on steep coastal slope. The views are magnificent. One bed apartment was clean with fully equipped kitchen. Nicely sized terrace with two sunbathing chairs and plastic table and chairs. Kids enjoyed playground in the complex and panoramic elevators. There is one tennis court, two table tennis tables, one billiard table and fuzzball table. On the top is one kids pool and adults pool with maybe 20m concrete slide.There are another three pools on lower part where the Restaurant is. Unfortunately they are not heated. There is even and outdoor gym and petangue field . All complex is beautifully landscaped and taken care of. "Playa del Cura" is right down of the complex. Its possible to walk to "Playa de Amadores"( we did it with kids) but part of coast -"Playa de Tauro"-is construction site and needs to be walked around. Supermarket Spar is just on the corner and was our main supply station. In addition what I already mentioned The Monsenor apartments also has their own Mini-market and Cafe bar. Puerto de Mogan is 13 min by bus. Do not miss Friday market. Puerto Rico is cca 10 min by bus. There is nice promenade along the coast from Puerto Rico to Playa de Amadores. Palmitos park is 75 min by bus. Be noticed that otherwise it is pretty quiet location. Few restaurants and bars, not much action at night."


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Huty, winter 2016/17

End of 2016 and first week of 2017 we spend in the cottage in Western Tatras, Slovakia. We got lot of snow and beautiful blue sky days.
Lesson #1  to make last very steep 200m to the hut, you need AWD or 4WD.
Lesson#2 it is cold out there (-20C at noon was showing the thermometer in the car, I am not even guessing the night temperature)
Lesson#3 it is not smart idea to cool the beer outside.
Lesson#4 there is Brew pub in Kvacany but the kegs need diferent coupler
More pictures HERE