La Palma 234 (Small)

La Palma (not Las Palmas) is one of the smallest of the Canary Islands.

The island, in the North-West of the island group, is, together with Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro, part of Tenerife.

Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria are part of the Las Palmas group.

The population of La Palma has gone up and down through the centuries due to pirates, wars, changes in exports, and the worst during Franco’s reign when 25,000 islanders emigrated to Venezuela.

At the moment there are about 82,000 residents on the island.

Fancy the island life? In an Estate Agent’s window in the Capital we saw a house with 7 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in Santa Cruz advertised for £199,000 and an old Finca (farmhouse) for £63,000.

La Palma is a very fertile volcanic island. Every road is curved as they are built around volcanoes, mountains and ravines, although there are some tunnels through mountains now.

You can drive round the island in a day, but (which is unlike me) I do recommend some of the coach trips as the guides are very well-informed about the island.

And some of the roads are pretty hair-raising. There’s a La Palma joke.

A priest went to Heaven and as St Peter was talking to him, a La Palma coach driver appeared.

St Peter waved him in and the priest said, ‘How come a simple coachdriver gets priority over me, a priest?

And St Peter replied, ‘Because not many people turn up to pray in your church. But the driver’s coaches are full, and they all pray!’

It’s a very green island. There are trees everywhere, with built-in sprinklers to prevent forest fires.

The main income is bananas. And if you have a meal or a drink in a bar, you’re usually presented with a banana!

There are over 20 varieties of grape, and the wines are delicious with a unique tang due to the volcanic earth. The most famous wine is the Malvasia, which Shakespeare referred to in several of his plays.

To my surprise, tobacco is grown there and La Palma cigars are highly rated.

One of the first tourists to the island was Columbus, who stopped there on his way to America.

There’s a replica of his ship there, with a naval museum inside it.

Further along from the ship is a row of old houses with eye-catching balconies, all different.

Eating out and drinking is very reasonably priced in La Palma.

There are official trails everywhere for hikers, with magnificent views.

Would I go back there? Probably not. But I’d recommend it to anyone for a visit.

Before our flight, we took advantage of the No 1 Lounge.

If you’ve never used a VIP Lounge before a flight, I can highly recommend it.

You can relax in comfy seats with a good view, read the free papers, eat and drink, all at an inclusive price.

In fact, it can work out cheaper than buying everything separately in the main Departure Lounge!



North Terminal

No.1 Gatwick in the North Terminal is No.1 Traveller’s first ‘super-lounge’.

Opened in May 2011, this 10,000 sq ft space offers passengers a range of

stylish lounge areas with runway views and entertainment options including

a cinema, in addition to complimentary food, drink and WiFi.

No.1 Gatwick also features a Travel Spa, offering treatments ranging from

a 10 minutes including massage, facials, nails and waxing. Showers are

complimentary for lounge users. The spa is open daily from 8am – 6.30pm

and bookings can be made online.

Passengers who purchase No.1 Gatwick lounge access will also receive

complimentary security fast-track access, allowing passengers to skip the

security queues and spend more time in the lounge.

For further information, contact Charlie Spencer | 0207 479 4700 |

The Lounge

Open 4am – 10pm daily

Complimentary hot and cold food

Complimentary drinks from a fully tended bar


Cinema & Family Room

TV, newspapers and magazines

Runway views

A La Carte menu, cocktails and champagne from £6

Travel Spa & showers, with treatments from £10

Walk up: £30 per adult, £17.50 per child

Advance: £25 per adult, £15 per child

Bookings can be made online at

Priority Pass, Airport Angel & Diners Club members welcome


About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.