Archives for December, 2010
 Olympus World
 Dec 30th, 2010
 

Apparently the weather has been a bit rough in the UK

But our friend Sam Downes from Wolverhampton wasn't too bothered this morning.

Weather here is just fine! Wish you were here.

 
 Olympus World
 Dec 24th, 2010
 

We keep returning to this outstanding Los Cristianos eatery. The Cine Bar is a landmark restaurant in the South of Tenerife and has to be considered world famous. It is only a small place with a small menu but is guaranteed to hit the spot.

Superfresh sardines and juicy prawns roasted to perfection, hot bread, tomato and onion salad and ice-cold beer. Well it really doesn't get much better, unless you throw in some crispy chicken wings!

Smothered in salt and lemon. As usual half of them disappeared before I could get the camera out!

My son-in-law Craig (seen below) was extremely pleased with himself after devouring his first ever sardine with his fingers and leaving the skeleton intact.

It's not as easy as you might think but it is certainly the best way to enjoy these maritime delights. Here below is Cine Bar owner Carlos with my Daughter Domi.

Carlos and his team have generated decades of enjoyment for residents and visitors to Tenerife. You will find the Cine Bar behind the Bar Bahia on the seafront of Los Cristianos. It is a 10 minute ride by car or taxi. Please don't worry if you see a queue. Just get a drink at the bar and enjoy a short wait, not usually more than 15 minutes. It is worth having a little patience.

Head Waiter 'Tony' says 'hi' from the tiny kitchen that serves an endless supply of traditional Canarian dishes in this amazing place.

The next time you visit Club Olympus or Tenerife, do try and give the Cine Bar a shot. I promise you, you will love it.

Cheers and all the best.

Ivan

 
 Olympus World
 Dec 18th, 2010
 

On a trip to Mount Teide, the highest point in Spanish territory, we came across an unusual phenomenon. At the base of the mountain was a ground level rainbow which we had never seen before.

There was some cloud drifting around the mountain which made for spectacular viewing. The height of Mount Teide at over 12,000 feet does mean that some strange sights occur but this was quite amazing.

Here you can clearly see the top of the mountain and the rainbow at the base. The photographs were taken yesterday (Friday) from the car park of the Teide Parador Hotel and Visitors centre.

It is a trip well worth doing when you next visit Club Olympus. The scenery is constantly changing so no two visits are ever alike. Last week for example, the mountain was completely covered in snow. Obviously most has melted away this week. The snow-melt percolates through the porous volcanic rock and eventually becomes our drinking water.

On this shot you can see the cable car that runs almost to the top of the mountain and that too is an amazing trip. The panorama from the viewing station at the top is truly awe inspiring. You can get just a hint of the volcanic power that created the beautiful island of Tenerife.

Recently, much of the the block-busting film "Clash of the Titans" was filmed right here at the base of Mount Teide. The sometimes eerie but dramatic scenery was perfect for the "other-worldly" feel of the film.

Many Club Olympus owners and guests take the opportunity to drive up to the incredible 'Canadas Valley' and Volcanic base of Mount Teide. You never know, next time you come up here, you might see a ground level rainbow!

 
 Olympus World
 Dec 17th, 2010
 

As mentioned in previous posts, a number of Scotsmen have neglected to bring me (Ivan) promised Haggis, however, Mick and Claire Vaughan from Yorkshire came to the rescue and brought me a couple of Haggis!

Here they are, about to present me with two top quality MacSween Haggis - outstanding!

Many thanks to regular visitors Mick and Claire. The Haggis crisis is officially over.

 
 Olympus World
 Dec 13th, 2010
 

Unbelievable but true! Yet another Scot totally forgot to bring me some promised Haggis.

Iain Gardner (left)  WAS going to bring me 'Grant's tinned Haggis' but in the chaos of the horrendous weather in Glasgow managed to forget. Never mind, somebody, somewhere will remember to bring Ivan a wee bit of Haggis sometime.

Viewers of this website might remember Iain being featured in April 2009 along with his lovely wife Jane. His claim to fame was being one of the lads on top of the goalposts when they broke during the England V Scotland football International in 1977 (Hooligan obviously), click here to see that footage, Iain is the one in blue on the left with his back to the camera!

It was great to see Iain again down at the resort again.

 
 
 
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