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Travel Tales: A Riot of Colour Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife - Little Observationist
Melting under the Spanish summer sun, we stood looking up at the whitewashed walls of La Ranilla Espacio Artesano, an old cottage now an artisan shop. The entire top of the building was wrapped in a quilt of squares delicately knitted in a riot of colours. Below, the turquoise shopfront fit in perfectly with the rainbow row of traditional Canarian homes we’d been walking past on the pedestrianised Calle Mequinez. It was our first holiday abroad with Emilia. She was nearly three months old and we survived the plane ride to Tenerife with surprisingly little fuss. We were in the picturesque north of the island, exploring the streets of Puerto de la Cruz not far from La Laguna where Jorge grew up and his family still lives. There were grand houses to admire along Plaza del Charco that belonged to wealthy merchants, but the modest old fisherman’s cottages of the residential La Ranilla quarter were the most vibrantly beautiful. Mural by Sabotaje al Montaje (Gran Canaria) – “Ritual” We were there to meet a friend who lives locally. He took us on a private walking tour under palm trees and blue skies to show us most of the incredible huge street …