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Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca November 10th 2019

It seemed to take all day to get to Mallorca even though it’s a 1 ½ hr flight!! I don’t think it helped that the 13.05 flight didn’t take off until 14.40pm after a lot of gate changing! Managed quite easily to find the No 1 bus that takes you to Plaza Espanol in Palma, where we changed bus and caught the No 7 bus to Yolanda’s air bnb. Dinner at local restaurant before bed!! Sunday 27th October 2019 A full-on day sight-seeing in Palma – first of all we caught the No 7 bus back to the outskirts of the Old Town and whiled away a few hours just wandering the narrow old back streets, adorned with glass balconies, numerous squares and churches, Plaza Major, arab baths etc until we came out on the old ... read more
Palma Cathedral
Catching the train to Soller
Puerta de Soller

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca October 23rd 2019

Reminder: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/8 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Sunday 20th October: off to Soller halfway down the north western side of the island to look at a museum which has works by Miro (a favourite) and drawings by Toulouse-Lautrec: Picasso, Gauguin, Klimt and Cezanne. Unfortunately the museum was closed so we went to have a look at a church in the main square which was rebuilt by a pupil of the architect Gaudi; who designed the ... read more
Street scene Soller
Soller Station cafe
Port de Polennca to Soller

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca October 20th 2019

Reminder: the panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/8 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime.. Friday 18th October: we headed for the old town of Pollenca a few miles inland from Port de Pollenca but had a bit of difficulty finding our way to find a car park through the maze of narrow one-way streets . Having done that we went to the local museum which had everything in it from stone age artefacts to modern art. We didn't try to go up ... read more
Pine Walk Port de Pollenca
Rafa Nadal's wedding day
The Pine Walk

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca October 17th 2019

The panoramic photos at the start of the blog change every 7/8 seconds and give a larger and clearer image than when viewed with the other photos. Also, there are more photos below the text if you want to skip the diary details; and if you double click on any of the photos you will get an enlarged, clearer image. You can return to the text anytime. Tuesday 15 October: an afternoon flight from Cardiff meant a relaxed day with all arrangements going smoothly and we arrived at Palma just before 9pm. The hire car collection and exit from the airport also went well and happily there was a motorway from the airport nearly all the way to our destination at Port de Pollenca. Check in at the hotel was quick and easy and when we ... read more
Es Colomer viewpoint
The road to Cap Formentor
Port de Pollenca waterfront

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Cala Sant Vicenç August 24th 2019

Today is our last day in Europe before a very long and gruelling day of travelling to Calgary in western Canada tomorrow. Issy is looking forward to this like a hole in the head, so she says we should spend today preparing for this ordeal by doing as little as possible. We sleep in, and then settle in for the day on a pair of sunlounges on Playa de Cala Barques beach in front of our hotel. It looks like a perfect beach day; the sun is out and the wind has finally abated. We can’t however fail to notice the yellow flag on the walkway at one end of the beach, which we assume is some sort of caution. We’ve noticed green and red flags here on other days, so we consult the Google machine ... read more
Playa de Cala Barques
Playa de Cala Barques
Cala Barques

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Sóller August 23rd 2019

Today’s destination is the town of Soller which is about an hour’s drive south west of Cala Sant Vicenc on the island’s rugged west coast. It was getting almost impossible to see through the dirt on the windscreen on the way out to Cap de Formentor yesterday morning, and our hire car came without any water in the washer. I stopped to buy a bottle of water, but after fifteen unsuccessful minutes spent trying to work out how to open the bonnet I gave up and poured the water directly onto the windscreen instead. I tell Issy that if she gets the bonnet open quickly this morning I’m going to return my two engineering degrees. I now need to work out where to send them. The road to Soller takes us through the rugged Serra de ... read more
Serra de Tramuntana
Port de Soller
Church of Sant Bartomeu, Soller

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Cala Sant Vicenç August 22nd 2019

It was very crowded when we drove out to Cap de Formentor a couple of days ago, so much so that we couldn’t go to the main lookout because we couldn’t find anywhere to park. I have a theory that Spaniards don’t like mornings and that it might therefore be quieter there at 7am, so I set off to test it out. I ignore the obvious flaw in my theory which is that most of the people who are likely to be there won’t be Spanish, they’ll be German or British, and I don’t know anything about how they might feel about mornings. Despite this I think that my theory might be correct. There are lots of cyclists struggling up the steep road, but not too many cars or buses. The views over the sheer granite ... read more
View from Mirador Es Coromer
Port de Pollenca from Albertcutx Watchtower
View from Albertcutx Watchtower

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Porto Cristo August 21st 2019

The wind is still howling, but the sun has reappeared, and a few brave souls are back on the beach watching the waves crash in. We head off for today’s destination, the Cuevas del Drach, or Dragon Caves, which are about an hour’s drive away over on the island’s east coast. As we near the caves we pass through the small town of Manacor, which we read is the birthplace of Rafael Nadal. The great man owns and trains here at the 40,000 square metre Rafa Nadal Sports Centre, which houses amongst other things 26 tennis courts, the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy and the Rafael Nadal Experience Museum. We booked tickets for the caves on-line for a very specific entry time, and we join a group of what looks like somewhere around 200 people at the ... read more
Cala Sant Vincenc
Cala Sant Vincenc
The red flag’s up, Cala Sant Vincenc

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Cala Sant Vicenç August 20th 2019

We awake to cloudy skies and the sound of a howling hurricane blowing outside. We briefly consider setting up shop under an umbrella next to the pool, but I think if we try to put an umbrella up in this gale it would quickly end up somewhere in Africa. The wind is directly on-shore and the waves are pounding in. The red flags are up declaring the beach unsafe for swimming, but a few waves and a Category Four Cyclone are apparently not nearly enough to discourage the average European tourist from lying on the beach. We decide to go local and join them. There’s not much sun so most people are sitting on the sand rather than under the umbrellas. The umbrellas are thatch on a solid timber frame, and the fact that most of ... read more
Formentor Beach
Red flag flapping in the gale, Cala Sant Vincenc
More flags flapping in the gale, Cala Sant Vincenc

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Cala Sant Vicenç August 19th 2019

Issy decides to sleep in after a long day of travelling, so I climb up to the hotel roof to check out the pool. It’s very small and less than a metre deep, but refreshing nonetheless. The pool is directly above the room occupied by our neighbours from across the corridor. I’m suddenly feeling quite glad that we don’t have the room across the corridor; I think I might start to panic if I felt the ceiling above me start to leak in the middle of the night. The other reason I’m glad we don’t have the room across the corridor is that it looks like it looks out onto a concrete wall, whereas ours looks out onto a spectacular beach. I hope the room across the corridor is cheap. I stretch out on a sunlounge ... read more
Playa de Cala Molins
Late afternoon hike
Late afternoon hike




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