Weekend Roundup – Back to Work Blues, Movies Filmed In The Canary Islands
I am Back!! And although it is nice to back in control of FRC again, I definitely have the Back to work Blues.
Do not panic I am not going to be one of those ‘Holiday Bores’ that tells you all of my adventures on my little break, nor am I going to do a massive slide show of my holiday snaps. Let me just say we had that best holiday EVER. The girls spent most of the week in the pool, I burnt my shoulders so bad I still cannot wear a back pack to work, we drank and danced too much and my word did we eat a lot!! A proper holiday. It was a bit like Butlin’s in the sun ( a holiday camp to those NON UKers), but that was just what we needed, the girls never got bored, which meant that we could relax and enjoy ourselves too.
We have decided to go back to the same hotel next October as we enjoyed it so much!!
But here I am back. I am a little disappointed to see the FRC actually worked OK with out me. The stats for last week were only slightly down on previous weeks. I am feeling almost like I am not needed!!
I believe this is all down to my very good friend and new Contributor Toby. Thanks you matey, you did a cracking job looking after the house in my absence. Also I would like to thank the guest posters that helped to fill up the days so we always had new content!!
Also I must thank you all. The readers and fellow bloggers that frequent this silly little place. You have been really kind in commenting and visiting the site. I am totally touched. In fact last month brought in a staggering 46,458 hits. This is my second biggest month, and only beaten by the month that FRC got onto the IMDb Hitlist for the second time (oh how I miss the hitlist)
So thank you all!!
Not only have I discovered that FRC is fine without me (sob sob) but also I have seen that I can also function without the internet, or even a phone!! Until last night I hadn’t even seen a film in 10 days, which is a crazy fact. (Apart from half of Midnight in Paris on the plane)
As I have nothing to give today, not a review in sight. I have decided to do a little list of films that were filmed in Lanzarote. For those that do not know Lanzarote is part of the Canary Islands, and is situated off the coast of Africa, south of Spain. The island is highly volcanic and has a moon-like landscape in it’s centre, with beautiful waters and beaches on its exterior! It makes a great location for sci-fi and historical films. So here is my list of Top Movies filmed in the Canary Islands…
One Million Years B.C. (1966)
The model dinosaurs are really impressive, as are the iguanas, although scantily clad Raquel Welch causes the greatest caveman fantasies.
The Timanfaya Volcano Park (make sure you visit the restaurant, El Diablo, which offers marvellous panoramic views – which are particularly impressive at sunset) on Lanzarote Island in the Canaries is the main location for this warm-up for Jurassic park, featuring the well-known Green lagoon ‘Lago Verde’ at El Golfo, an unusual phenomenon where sea water has become trapped to form a lake, which has turned a striking green, due to algae. Filming also took place at Las Cañadas del Teide (which is Spain’s highest mountain, located on Tenerife island), the Papagayo beaches of Lanzarote and some locations on Fuerteventura island too.
A film that would be easily forgotten were it not for the participation of a young Liam Neesen and the spectacular volcanic scenery of Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands.
Enemy Mine (1985)
The Timanfaya Volcano Park on Lanzarote Island in the Canaries and the well-known Green lagoon at El Golfo, an unusual phenomenon where sea water has become trapped to form a lake, which has turned a striking green, due to algae, feature in this Sci-Fi movie with Dennis Quaid.
Terry Gilliam apparently turned down the director’s job in order to make ‘Brazil’ (thank God!)
The producers annoyed local residents somewhat by expropriating tons of lava (not molten unfortunately) and carrying it off to Bavaria to promote this German production.
The Land that Time Forgot (1975)
The film that out-Juraissiced Jurassic Park and brought dinosaurs back to life on the volcanic wastelands of the Canary Islands, amongst scenery where time does indeed stand still.
Clash of the Titans (2010)
OK it is not a patch on the original Ray Harryhausen film, or maybe that is just me. But amongst the barren landscapes from the film are many from the Canary Islands, the Timanfaya National Parks in Lanzarote make and appearance along with some locations in Tenerife.
Have you had a good summer? Go anywhere nice? Have you been to Lanzarote? Comment Below