Before starting our hiking to the natural monument of the Roque Nublo, we stopped for a while wondering the light spectacle of the sun playing with the clouds. It was late in the afternoon and some rays found their way under the clouds. The golden light unlighted the South while on the top the clouds were playing with the wind.
We were lucky to enjoy a second hiking to the Roque Nublo this time just before the sunset with a cap of dark clouds after letting behind us the sunny southern part of the island. Strong winds and a the end light rain made this hike more adventurous and the landscape dreamy!
In the next days I will present you some of the pictures taken in this short hour, but intensive hour!
A few days of holidays and vacations need to enjoyed as much as possible and for us this means let everything behind us, take a break from our jobs explore, explore and explore.
This time the wing blew us to Gran Canaria, only a week, but a very intensive week spent on traveling around with our rental car, make a few short hiking tours, sit at the sun enjoying a coffee or a meal and visiting Las Palmas as well as other cities and villages.
We rented a flat in near Santa Brigida as this is a quite central place from where we had the possibility to reach all places of the island in a reasonable time, have dinner on the way or in Las Palmas and be home for a resting sleep.
The first day we planned to reach the Roque Nublo by the roads GC-15 and GC-600 and follow on of the trail to the natural Monument of the Roque Nublo and later to a small lake in the south.
After a night of rain, we found the best weather and a T-Shirt was more then enough even in January! The water in a big puddle inspired us to an unusual picture of this iconic place and holes in the rock made a great frame for the Roque Nublo.
Click on the trail to see details and enter Wikiloc
Post submission for the weekly photo challenge: “silence”
Christmas time is approaching the inspiration to decorate is growing.
Looking at beautiful cakes and sweet I found I need almond paste to make my experiments. The almond paste from the shop near my house sells delicious almond paste which is perfect for baking but not really for modeling. New project: an almond paste deer!
The easiest and best solution was preparing this myself: no oil adding better only egg white as this will dry and my creations will keep their shape easily and it’s not sticky to our hands!
This is a very tasty gluten free and egg less wrap made with chickpea flour. The mixture thickens to a spreadable consistency which I cooked thinly in my non-sticky frying pan with only little oil.
If you have problems flipping these, prepare smaller ones until you know the cooking point the right moment to flip them; they stick less then egg pancakes.
The addition of a few tablespoons finely grated carrots is another option.
We enjoyed them with a potatoes curry and some Greek yogurt.
The quantity of spices and herbs is up to you, you may also omit them in order to make eggless/gluten-free “Western”-pancakes.
Nachos are a quite trendy food in USA, but here in Europe they don’t appear very often on our tables. It is said that “Europeans don’t know what nachos are”!
That’s may be possible, I only had nachos as I visited Mexico (Baja California Sur)! What are nachos?
You many look at the history of them here:
My personal interpretation of nachos: tortilla chips (tostadas) from the oven topped with different ingredients and a melted cheese-sauce. From this point of view we may experiment on this theme and we can add the ingredients we love.
This was my spontaneous recipe, enjoy and try your variation!
This is more a suggestion than a recipe. Before temperature goes below zero, I use to collect all basil flowers. After drying I mix them with salt and I use this in for cooking and directly on the table.
I started this using the violet flower of the African basil and it was real great success! I prepared this to be used for cute gifts, so I mixed the violet flowers and pink salt.
This was so delicious that I shared this in the family and I had no leftovers for other gifts!
I bought cheap transparent salt mills that I refilled with my mixture!
This is salt is fantastic over grilled meat (I love this with beef most), for salad dressings and many other uses. Fresh milled over the meal is the best!
This additional day in the southern part of Lofoten had been so amazing that I could prepare many single post with single photos to bring them to the public and show the stunning landscape of Lofoten; an almost surreal beauty!
We continued the trip of two days before, we visited Ramberg and we continued in direction of Fredvang with the view of the bridge and the mountain on the back. A group of lady stopped at the parking and in a few minutes they were ready to start to hike. The morning had started with unpredictable weather, but at this moment is was fine and sunny and we decided to follow this group of ladies. The hike over the hill was amazing and the view from the mount Heia.
You can find this trail in my wikiloc post: Heia, View over Fredvang
Not far away from Fredvang beach we found the iconic photography spot of the meander of a small river.
We finished this day going back to Reine and surrounding again, for a few photos during sunset, then we headed home.
Just before going be we decided to place most of the luggage in the car to be ready to leave early in the morning to catch the ferry. Outside we saw the stars and the begin of the mystic green light: the aurora! What for a big gift just before living theses islands!
Click on the map for full view in https://foto.akut.zone/tour/lofoten-2013/attachment/lofoten-map-moskenesoeya-2013/
Days are much shorter now, but we are still enjoying mild autumn temperature.
My African basil has plenty of flowers and the bees are avid guest!
Fly dear bee to the flowers enjoy the warm rays before the winter comes!
Lofoten is huge and in 3 days we cannot visit everything! From now on the weather was fantastic and the second day had been dedicated first to Vestvågøy and then Austvågøya. The first day had been dedicated to the southern part and the next day to the north.
The main attraction of this day was Henningsvær, but first we visited the fjord by Tangstad, the beach by Unstad and the lake near Holdal.
Heading north we had a stop at Torvdalshalsen picnic place where we enjoyed the splendid view in direction of Leknes.
On Austvågøy we stopped many times for a few pictures until fimnally we arrived at Henningsvær just in time for our picnic near the sea.
On Wikiloc we saw that we could have a short hike over this place , temperature and weather were perfect. This was our trail with a few more photos:
For the return trip we opted not to follow the main road, but to take the road by the coast by Valberg.
The places, the nature (with all the berries and mushrooms), the view, the lakes, the sea, the mountains, the villages, the sunset filled our intensive day but we know we still missed a lot this day. These places are so beautiful and magic; will come back for sure!
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