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Captivating Canaries: the magic of the seven islands

Captivating Canaries: the magic of the seven islands

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It’s easy to forget that not all that long ago, the Canary Islands as a holiday destination were merely an afterthought to mainland Spain. The volcanic islands off the north-west coast of Africa are a hotbed of tourist activity, and it’s not hard to see why! They boast fantastic weather year-round, with temperatures of 18°C in winter and 24°C in summer.

During the hottest spells, the mercury in thermometers often rises to 30°C plus. These balmy conditions mean visitors can really make the most of the abundant beaches and other attractions on offer across the islands.

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Tenerife

Of course, each island has its own unique selling points. For example, if you’re planning holidays to Tenerife, the Teide National Park is well worth adding to your itinerary. Covering 189.9 square kilometres, this is Spain’s largest national park and it attracts around four million visitors a year. You can get there by bus and there are 21 walking tracks to be found across the area.

While there, look out for the unusual vegetation. The park contains 14 species of plant found nowhere else on Earth. If you’re feeling energetic, you can make a four-hour hike to the top. If not, simply climb aboard a cable car.

Whale and dolphin watching are also popular pursuits in Tenerife, and the south-west coast of the island is a great spot to catch these fascinating mammals in action. Up to 21 different species can be seen in the waters around the island, including the magnificent blue whale.

Fuerteventura

If Fuerteventura’s your destination of choice, you can check out the Dunes of Corralejo. These dazzling sandy mounds are protected as a park and they are one of the island’s most distinctive features. Meanwhile, superb beaches line the coast and you can get stuck into a host of watersports.

For example, by donning a snorkel and diving beneath the waves, you can check out underwater volcanic landscapes, reefs and wrecks. There is also plenty of aquatic wildlife to see, including tuna, sea bream, pollock and parrotfish.

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La Palma

As well as its own selection of beaches, the island of La Palma is renowned for its Roque de los Muchachos Astrophysics Observatory. Located on the edge of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park at an altitude of 2,420 metres above sea level, it offers year-round viewing opportunities thanks to the consistently dark and cloudless skies. As a result of a public outreach campaign, it’s possible to book trips to the observatory.

Another of the island’s highlights is the laurel forest of Los Tiles. This lush, dense area of trees sits in stark contrast to the dry and lunar-like appearance of much of the Canaries.

Lanzarote

Lanzarote has lots to offer too, and is easily accessible from most UK airports; you can get flights to Lanzarote from Thomas Cook Airlines all year round, and from as little as £40. If you fancy testing your skills on the surf, you can make your way to Famara in the north-west of the island.  Exposed to the Atlantic wind, this beach is perfect for surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding and you can get equipment and tuition at the Surf School Lanzarote.

For something a little more relaxing, check out the small island of La Graciosa just of Lanzarote’s northern tip. This petite landmass is renowned for its beautiful beaches and, thanks to its lack of roads and traffic it’s perfect for cycling and hiking. If you simply want to chill out, head to one of the waterside fish restaurants.

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Gran Canaria

With its varied terrain, Gran Canaria is another tourist favourite. Here, you can explore the arid, sandy south, the green and lush north and the rugged interior. A great way to experience Gran Canaria is on horseback.

Meanwhile, no holiday to the island is complete without a trip to the capital Las Palmas. In the port town, you can shop ‘til you drop and dine in style. For something a little more cultural, set off on trips to the many museums, historic towns and churches that dot the island.

El Hierro and La Gomera

The two least well known Canary Islands are El Hierro and La Gomera. However, the fact that they are less popular than their neighbours does not mean they lack appeal. For example, with its clear waters, El Hierro is a diver’s paradise. Meanwhile, its natural swimming pool, called the Charco Azul or Blue Lagoon, is a wonder to behold.

On La Gomera, you can take a trip to the old town of San Sebastián. Founded in 1450, it is steeped in history and it is home to a number of monuments to Christopher Columbus, who stayed there before setting off to discover America.

These are just some of the attractions on offer in the Canaries. One thing’s for sure, whichever island you choose to visit, you won’t be bored!

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5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

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Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

Strength Your Eyes

Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage

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Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

As low as 95%!!!!

So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water

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Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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