Leaving Lanzarote

Falkor is ready to fly, again.

Lanzarote is closed, but we have permission to leave. With so many countries closing borders for the next two weeks, the decision has been made to spend the next three weeks crossing the Atlantic. Next stop, any Caribbean island that will take us.

As the old sailors said, “Sail south until the butter melts then turn right… you can’t miss the Americas.”

Water Garden

César Manrique’s Jamas de Agua.

Cactus Garden

Cesar Manrique’s Jardín de Cactus.

This was to be his final work. The Jardín de Cactus was completed in 1991 and is the culmination of his career. Once again combining nature and architecture in his typical style, he created an amazing nature park from an abandoned rock quarry.



It has around 4,500 specimens of 450 different species, of 13 different families of cactus and succulents from 5 continents.



Unique mosaics combine art and signage for the restrooms. Every detail designed.



Finally, a restored windmill overlooks the garden.


Lanzarote Coast

Where the surface of Mars meets the ocean.

Volcanic activity has shaped every aspect of landscape. Chemical pools, extinct lava tubes and craters are visible in every corner of the desolate island. Continual change is the only constant on the archapelago.

Deep Blue Water, Crisp White Foam Painted Sand.

Secret Bar

Sometimes, the secret bar is inside a volcano.

Another creation of Cesar Manrique. Nature and architecture blended in the style he developed.

Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

Castillo de San Gabriel

Originally built in 1574, the Castillo de San Gabriel defended Arrecife Harbour for only a few years before being destroyed by the Algerian Pirate Morato Arraez in 1586.

The castle was rebuilt in 1599 and was used for military purposes through the 1950s. Currently, it houses the Archaeological Museum.

Arriving in the Canaries

Pulled into Lanzarote, Canary Islands. Within an hour, saw a friend from Portimão on the dock. Lots of wind and waves on the passage, but it was all worth it. On a cloudy, moonless night, I was treated to the strangest laser light show. Something out of Tron or Pandora. Dolphins playing in the bioluminescence. Swirls of light below the water. Large balls of light where they individually turn around and accelerate. Then, multiple bands of blue light coming together as they grouped up to make bow run after bow run. One pod stayed with me for four hours. Unbelievably beautiful.