Romantic holidays engrave themselves for ever. Such memories live on into old age and even defeat dementia.
Just think of those most precious childhood moments in your life...
Join me on a photo tour through the oldest Tenerife Spanish settlement La Laguna, one of finest world heritage centers, to find them.
Forgive us for lighting up some photos, as everything was rather dark but all the more magic. Lets hope that the images still represent a mood which was so perfect for romantic holidays.
A difficult task?
No, this dream is easy to grasp. It's often not more than 4 hours away by cheap flights to the biggest Canary Island from the UK and the rest of Europe.
To get to our goal in the old quarters we walked along Calle (road) Eraclio Sanches where cars brushed past us.
Shops in La Laguna, some of which displayed romantic decoration, were open on this Sunday 28th of Dec.2008 for fear of economic recession, as extra effort to sell before Spanish Thanksgiving holiday on 5th of January 2009.
Little street lighting and Spartan Christmas decorations on the left as well as at the end of the visible pedestrian path invited to explore with the clock turned back until, at least to century XVI, if not more. A few bricked up steps drew the gaze to the right.
The illumination was perfect and couldn't be better. Later, we knew that the amount of light was typical for romantic holidays on Christmas in the historical Casco of La Laguna at night.
A young mother with pram and casually walking men look like furtive actors. They represented the present. However, their modern clothes didn't disturb the olden days' mood, as illumination didn't depict them much. No stress, no worries but, total timeless peace are portrayed by, almost, surreal photography.
Many of the by-standers
wore traditional Tenerife gear used in Tenderete folklore where
La Laguna hosts the best. The Tenderete musicians
kept warm under long, cream colored capes.
Allow me to show them with
a photo where light was augmented,
as it was, almost, pitch dark...
Now, the capes look yellow. Those Tamarcos were a custom outfit of the Neolithic Guanche of long ago and are only worn for festivities by the men.
Many of them also had guitars or their tiny versions the Timples.
Just figure how romantic we felt by this gesture. Mind we were total strangers under those dim lights next to cold, bare, cathedral walls of an ancient historical building.
A cup was given to us. It was filled to the brim with a steaming hot drink.
It came from a container with a tab. The metal of this big server even shone in the previously dark image.
Indeed, faces of the figures by the wall could hardly be seen. Suddenly, we were part of a hot chocolate party...
This was a little gesture which contributed to the unbeatable Tenerife climate where a hot, sweet drink was warming our hearts for romantic holidays.
Leaf heavy branches of the trees were sprinkled with more festive dots of lights. Often, they don't appear bigger than glittering peas in these Christmas photos.
What a fantasy world for romantic holidays during Tenerife winter! All inns with their dark timber framed doors and windows around the square will be invitingly lit at normal times of the year, too, although, without Christmas charisma. The composition of everything in this location has a timeless romance for any holiday, any time of the year.
Walk through any of the open doors of this highly picturesque of ancient Tenerife towns in real life... Festive restaurants with good interior decorating often hide beyond in flower filled patios with fern pots standing and hanging all over like in Andalusia.
Savor excellent Cerrano ham in romantic Bodega Patio Canario at Calle Manuel de Ossuna, La Laguna. Try find a bottle of one of my favorite Tenerife wines called Tajinaste Vino Tinto de Valle de La Orotava . (price around 8 euros) That way holiday bliss at night will be guarantied.
Come for Easter vacations to La Laguna for its Good Friday processions. You will be overwhelmed by them. They go back to ancient Spanish traditions with a spooky touch that is famous for Spain. This is romance by turning the clock back.
Venture to La Laguna at any time if you have a holiday home in Tenerife and are on the island more often! Turn any odd day into a romantic one under stars...
There, you don't only encounter most divine sunsets, such as the one depicted above.
charming self catering apartment Puerto Cruz with bed- and living room all in one, but the rest separate and views to take your breath away.
They are like above but, into more than one direction, with the luxury of unrestricted space to see incredibly far. And only 10 minutes to drive to the exact spot of this fairyland.
Find one of top European student bars in Tenerife called Cervezeria 7 islas of La Laguna with an amazing selection of international beer brands and more here. It's in the same road where our romantic holiday evening of dimly lit cobble streets had started off.