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Roque Bentayga, Gran Canaria - 6th December 2011

By: Apperveilchen

We hiked and climbed up Roque Bentayga, the holy rock and the guanches. There's another sacrificial altar and some smaller caves. A bigger cave is supposedly still closed up by some rocks and there might be some interesting things in there because no graverobbers got to it so far. There's a Berber inscription on the other side of the rock that has only been discovered relatively recently and hasn't been deciphered, yet. Looks like there are still a lot of mysteries to be solved by ambitious archeologists here.

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* Posted Feb 5, 2012, 10:01 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Fataga, Gran Canaria - 6th December 2011

By: Apperveilchen

Our way back to the south led us through the Valley of Fataga, known for all the palm trees in the valley, even though they are hard to see in the picture that looks back through the valley. We stopped at a hotel there and had great almond ice-cream and cake with mint sauce.

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Cuatro Puertas, Gran Canaria - 7th December 2011

By: Apperveilchen

Cuatro Puertas is a site featuring caves made by the indigenous people. The main cave has 4 entrances, hence the name, and is about 17 x 7,5 m big. The flat area in front of the entrances has roughly the same wize and round indentations, possibly used for poles to hold a roof. The big cave is thought to have been the court of a king or priest. a bit above it on the top of the 300m high hill is another site of worship or sacrificial altar, called the Almogaren. You can see how tiny I am in comparison. From here you also have a good view of the coast, and nowadays of the airport.
On the south side of the hill there are more caves:
Cueva de los Papeles: with a door-like entry that has a rectangular extension and a sloping entrance that leads to a drainage system. Inside are more indentation for something and some hardly visible triangular markings. 
The last is an entrance to more caves that lead into each other. We couldn't actually access them, but more clearly handmade entrances to caves can be seen on the steep south side of the hill. Some books suggest that is was kind of a convent for priestesses (maguadas).
Even outside the actual caves, there are what seem to be storage areas hewn into the rock (Or maybe they were caves to accomodate toyvoyagers, the size fits!), and what looks like fireplaces.

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* Posted Feb 9, 2012, 5:43 pm Last edited Feb 9, 2012, 6:02 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Dunas de Maspalomas, Gran Canaria - 8th December 2011

By: Apperveilchen

One cannot visit Gran Canaria and not walk through the dunes of maspalomas if one if able. It can be hard going, the sand can be hot, but sliding down the high dunes is a lot of fun, there's lots of strange vegetation, seeds with spikes that dig into skin or fur, fields of salty sand that give a good foot massage, big lizards, birds of prey, rushes higher than people, and areas with impassable brush.
(The pictures look different because many were made with a camera phone, sand isn't good for the big camera.)
We started out the at Riu Palace hotel and went south-west, our goal being the Faro de Maspalomas.

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* Posted Feb 11, 2012, 11:55 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Telde, Gran Canaria - 9th December 2011

By: Apperveilchen

We took a long busride to Telde and looked around th etown and at all the people doing their Christmas shopping. There was a huge nativity scene set up in the city that also featured modern safari trucks and other scenes. It was fun to figure out all the details.

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* Posted May 15, 2012, 6:44 pm Last edited May 15, 2012, 6:46 pm by Apperveilchen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Düsseldorf, Germany - 11th December 2011

By: Apperveilchen

We arrived back in Düsseldorf late at night. I'm exhausted!

* Posted Mar 17, 2012, 10:55 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


München, Germany - 9th March 2012

By: Apperveilchen

We went to Munich on a business trip and had very little time to see the city in daylight, but here are the impressions of the city center on our last day:
Karlsplatz, model of the city center, cathedral, new and old town hall, Viktualienmarkt, theater, hunting and fishing museum

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