Thursday - a day in the port of La Palma, shore leave day! Arrangements have been made with a lovely lady resident of the island for a coach tour. She has great knowledge of the history, fauna and flora and volcanic activity of the island, but has no control over the weather - its blowing best part of a gale with low cloud obscuring the mountain tops and fairly frequent heavy showers. Undeterred, we set off. Despite rain and fog rapidly coming in we are able to see the most important and beautiful church on the island dedicated to The Virgin of the Snows. Next is the Parque Nacional and a short walk to look at the peaks - but made even shorter with the now low cloud. So.lots of imagination made possible from the guide and the volcano appeared in the mist (or the mind's eye). Next on the agenda - lunch, a rather sumptuous 5 course affair in a wine barrel! Yes, chairs and tables did fit . and even a window or two! Then back on the coach for a hopeful view of the volcano. With a stop on the way for almond cakes, a local speciality, lots more rain, wind and plenty of imagination standing at the rim of the Caldera de Taburiente and our trip was almost over.