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My trip to Tenerife, Spain in 2012 – part 3

On my last day in Tenerife, I was going to Mount Teide (Pico del Teide). This is a volcano peak and the third highest volcano in the world, after Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in Hawaii. It stands at 3,718-metre (12,198 ft) and is the highest peak in Spain. It is still active as an volcano but is currently dormant. The last eruption occurred in 1909 from the El Chinyero vent.

This is the highest mountain in Spain.

This is the highest mountain in Spain.

The volcano is within the Teide National Park and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007.

The park was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007.

The park was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007.

I parked the car at the Park HQs near the Roque Cinchado rock formation.

The car park at Park HQs.

The car park at Park HQs.

It was a sunny clear day and I wanted to get a photo of me next to the volcano.

It was a sunny clear day for my trek.

It was a sunny clear day for my trek.

The Roque Cinchado is a unique rock formation within the Teide National Park and is located about 1700 metres below the summit of Teide volcano. With the volcano in the background, this is a great location for photographs.

The Roque Cinchado rock formation with the volcano in the background.

The Roque Cinchado rock formation with the volcano in the background.

I was going to be trekking around the rock formations.

Lava rock could be seen around the formations.

Lava rock could be seen around the formations.

I trekked for two hours.

The lava was solid and was clear to see.

The lava was solid and was clear to see.

After my trek I was hungry and ate my sandwiches in the Park HQs.

I was enjoying my packed lunch sandwiches.

I was enjoying my packed lunch sandwiches.

My Colonel phoned me and asked me to return back to the barracks for a secret mission behind enemy lines.

For more information on Teide National Park please visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teide_National_Park

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My trip to Tenerife, Spain in 2012 – part 1

Last week I was enjoying a winter sun holiday in Tenerife in Spain. Tenerife is one of the one of the Canary Islands.

I was eager to top up my sexy fluffy tan whilst my mates back in my detachment freeze their nuts off whilst training in the Scottish Mountains.

I decided to stay in the sea resort of El Médano. A place of strong winds. This place is the place to go to for windsports and also watersports. El Médano is one of the world’s best windsurfing/kitesurfing locations.

The town square is in front of the main beach, which holds many local fiestas.

Me looking across the beach toward El Médano.

Me looking across the beach toward El Médano.

The first day was a cloudy day but it was still 21 degrees Celsius, alot warmer than Scotland. My plan was to climb the volcano outside El Médano called the Red Mountain (La Montaña Roja).

The Red Mountain (La Montaña Roja) just 2kms to the west of El Médano.

The Red Mountain (La Montaña Roja) just 2kms to the west of El Médano.

On the other side of the Red Mountain was a nudist beach called La Tejita. The nudist area is a small cove nearest to the mountain. I eager to show off my naked body to the Spanish gals and to see the gals naked too!

Me at the top of the Red Mountain.

Me at the top of the Red Mountain.

The climb up the mountain took me about an hour. The volcanic rock turns red as it oxidize with the air giving the mountain an red appearance.

Reading the plaque on the summit.

Reading the plaque on the summit.

At the summit I was able to peep down to the nudist beach and I could see naked gals. I was coming down whooooohoooo.

The view was great.

The view was great.

The clouds began to clear up and I was ready to get my kit off on the beach. Naked sunbathing is legal in Tenerife.

The wind made the sea rough.

The wind made the sea rough.

The cliffs around the mountain was great.

The volcanic rocks were great.

The volcanic rocks were great.

I reached the beach of La Tejita and the sun was coming out.

I got naked as I know a naked tanned monkey is good for the gals.

Me with my clothes off sunbathing naked, I covered my thingy with my hands!

Me with my clothes off sunbathing naked, I covered my thingy with my hands!

It was at that point that I became upset as I discover that all the naked gals were old aged pensioners! I saw a lot of saggy bums.

I was disappointed with the girls here!

I was disappointed with the girls here!

The sun setted over the beach.

The sun sets over the beach.

The sun sets over the beach.

Tomorrow I was going to go the forests of Tenerife to look for exciting rare wild animals.

To be continued….

For more information on El Médano please visit:

http://www.realtenerifeislanddrives.com/El%20Medano.html


My trip to Iceland 2012 – part 2

Today I was going to see the countryside on what is known as the Golden Circle Classic Tour.

The tour includes a visit to Thingvellir National Park – the site of the oldest existing parliament in the world.  Then was going to see the Gullfoss, Iceland’s famous waterfall and finally to the Geysir area, a geothermal field where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble.

My first stop of the tour was to see Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir). This is the site of the oldest existing parliament in the world and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The mountains in the distance still had snow on.

The park is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

The park marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is the where the continential plates of America and Europe meet.

The valley formed by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Lava is seen here that had set into the landscape.

Lava thousands of years old is seen all around Iceland.

I was enjoying the day out.

The views were amazing.

Next I went to Gulloss the waterfall.

The water spray turned to ice on the far side of the waterfall.

Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.

I stayed behind the safety fence.

After the waterfall I was off to the Geysir area. Due to the high rate of volcanic activity in Iceland, it is home to some of the greatest geysers in the world.

Geysers and hot springs that erupts into jets of hot water and steam.

The water is said to be 80 degrees.

The Great Geysir which first erupted in the 14th century, gave rise to the word geyser but this geyser rarely erupts these days.

The nearby Strokkur geyser erupts every 5 to 8 minutes to a height of some 30 metres.

The water erupts up to thirty metres in height.

The eruptions are every 5 to 8 minutes.

The water spurts out every 5 to 8 minutes and to a height of thirty metres.

After seeing the geysers, I went to see the inactive Kerið volcano crater.

This volcano is inactive.

This volcano has not errupted for 3000 years.

I was hoping this volcano did not erupt soon!

After seeing the volcano, I went to the church at Skálholt.

This church is popular with tourists.

The church at Skálholt is relatively large in comparison to most Icelandic churches.

The light reflected off the walls.

The light from the stained glass windows gave a spooky feel.

I headed back to Reykjavík to check out the Icelandic girls in the nightclubs.

To be continued….

For more information about Iceland please visit:

www.visiticeland.com


My trip to Iceland 2012 – part 1

A few weeks ago I was in Iceland. For a cuddly toy monkey, the icy glaciers of Iceland was a wee bit cold for my cotton fur. I am not used to the icy environment as I grew up in the jungles of Borneo. But you all know me, I am a tough little fluff ball.

I planned for a week stay with plans for horse riding, scuba diving and trekking the volcanic land.

A map of Iceland.

I took the Icelandair flight from Scotland to Iceland, it was to be a two hour flight.  I have never been so far North before. Iceland is in the North Atlantic Ocean, and is just outside the Artic Circle.

I was studying the computer screen to see where Iceland was.

I was eager to see Iceland from the air.

I was looking out the window for my first glimpse of Iceland.

I saw Iceland from the air. Iceland is a geologically young land approximately 14000 years old and is on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which runs right through it. This means that the island is very active with volcanic eruptions.

Iceland soon came into view.

The capital of Iceland is Reykjavík which was to be my home for the next seven nights. I was eager to look around Reykjavík. The Hallgrímskirkja Church is the tallest building in Reykjavík and was to give the best view of the capital.

The church is situated in the centre of Reykjavík and is one of the city’s best-known landmarks.

I went up the tower.

I was glad a lift took me most of the way up the tower.

The church is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church and is at a height of 74.5 metres.

From the observation platform, I was able to see all of Reykjavík.

Reykjavík is the largest city in Iceland with a population of around 120,000 (and over 200,000 in the Greater Reykjavík Area). It is the the world’s northernmost capital of a sovereign state at a latitude at 64° N.

I was glad it was a sunny day for the view.

I went to the fishing harbour to look around.

The harbour was pleasant with the snow top mountains in the distance.

I was curious to see Höfði House and is the house in which Gorbachev and Reagan met in 1986 for the Iceland Summit which begain the process of ending the Cold War.

This house was the meeting point for the two superpower leaders and now I was here!

This house had been used for many summits and meetings of world leaders.

This house seen some great leaders over the course of time and also me!

I then went to the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of penises and penile parts.

The museum was very interesting!

By July 2011, it had 276 penises taken from 46 species, including Homo sapiens. Its collection includes 55 penises taken from whales, 36 from seals and 118 from land mammals. The largest penis on show is the blue whale’s penis measuring 170 centimetres (67 in) long and weighing 70 kilograms (150 lb). That made me a bit jealous as my own penis is only 2 cms long!

After seeing so many penises and penile parts – I had to lie down!

To be continued….

For more information about Iceland please visit:

www.visiticeland.com