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A winter break in Maspalomas...   Download times...
We took a last-minute winter break to the Canary Islands in December 1998.  This was the first holiday Vanessa and I had taken together - but certainly wasn't going to be the last. We managed to get a little sun, see some of the night life (including a dodgy pub quiz with questions on astrophysics) and hired a jeep to explore the island.   Please note that in order to present large, high-quality pictures, this page may take almost a minute to download completely. The first few pictures will be visible quickly, but please have patience with the rest!

The view over Maspolomas.
The view over Maspalomas as we walked up the hill into the centre of town. We must have made this walk at least twice a day for most of the holiday, as all the best restaurants were at the top!

The pool outside our apartment, with palm trees and things...
Our apartment complex in Maspalomas.  We were very lucky and had an apartment that was roughly twenty feet from the pool.

The view from our apartment.
The view from our apartment, overlooking the pool.  The sky is dark from one of the occasional storms that hit Maspalomas while we were there.
  Stormy weather over the pool.
Storm clouds and palm trees.

Vanessa relaxing by the pool.
Vanessa reading by the pool as the sun went down.  This turned out to be one of my favourite pictures, and is framed on my desk.