Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wandering Wednesday - II

Well, we had a few errands to run this morning so we wandered into Santa Cruz to (finally) pick up my residency card, and to stop at a travel agency to see about tickets to Madrid. Jaime has a possible job interview in Madrid and we are trying to turn it onto a family trip if we can.

Anyhow, we did get out and officially wander to a new destination close to home. We went back into Santa Cruz and explored the ocean front area near the auditorium. It's one of those places you drive by all the time and say "we really should check that out," but then you never seem to find the time. Well, today we made the time.

Here is an idea where on Tenerife Santa Cruz is located and an aerial view of where we were today. Thanks Google Maps!

We visited the Parque Marítimo César Manrique which is a leisure complex covering 22.000 square meters (just under 237,000 square feet). It was created by the famous architect Cesar Manrique, who tried to respect the natural surroundings and design everything in harmony with the Canarian landscape.

At the end of this area is the Auditorio de Tenerife or the Tenerife Auditorium. Designed by acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava, it is a marvel of avant-garde architecture. It is built entirely out of concrete and rises, in defiance of gravity, to a height of 58 meters (just over 190 feet). The audiotorium hosts many cultural and private events and is home to Tenerife's Symphony Orchestra. Hopefully, we will get to enjoy a performance there one day...

We had a great outing and the boys really had fun running around and exploring everything. Perhaps we will return in the summer when the pools are open so we can "test" them out as well.

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