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Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca May 6th 2022

You may or may not remember this bit of my personal travel "water Pail" list or crazy idea bourne back in late 60's or early 70's. Would you believe that I might have the same opportunity this month? I will be in Athens, and headed to Belgrade, Serbia, assuming the war does not get worse. Should I be unable or unwilling to travel to Belgrade, what are my options? I can think of several: a return to Istanbul, a short flight to Crete, or a few days in Zagreb, Croatia, since I am headed to Split for my cycling cruise. However, I may not use the random method of finding a destination, as I did back in October. In fact, a return to Mallorca would not be a bad idea! Since I only have two nights, ... read more
Beautiful veggies
Love the jamon
No truer words!

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca April 1st 2022

Friday, April 1, 2022 Palma de Majorca, Spain Said Christopher this morning when the Avocado Toast arrived with two perfectly poached eggs sitting atop the lovely avocado. On our 2019 cruise(s) Oceania offered bacon jam with the avocado toast. So taken was Christopher – I found a recipe and have made it a few times…he’s missing his bacon jam. So there you have it YES…we got up early enough to have breakfast in the GDR. Now…we’ve been warned by the Captain and Cruise Director that it’s gonna be windy today. It was. They failed to indicate how bloody cold it was as well. Someone, who shall remain nameless, wished for their shearling coat!! It was chilly. The port on the island of Majorca is quite large. We took a shuttle from the port to the center ... read more

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca January 18th 2022

Egal, ob Ihr auf ein ambitioniertes sportliches Ziel hin trainiert oder die wunderbare Baleareninsel einfach per Rad erkunden wollt: Bei uns könnte Ihr beides. An unseren beiden Standorten Playa de Palma und Alcúdia ist alles auf Individualität ausgerichtet. Unsere zertifizierten Guides aus der Radsportszene tun alles, damit Euer Urlaub zum unvergesslich schönen Erlebnis wird. Wir bieten Euch einen Rennradverleih auf Mallorca, der seinesgleichen sucht. Was Mallorca für Rennradbegeisterte so besonders macht Die Lage der größten Baleareninsel im westlichen Mittelmeer macht Mallorca zur perfekten Destination für alle von Euch, die es lieben, inmitten atemberaubender Landschaft Rennradtouren zu fahren. Nicht einmal 2,5 Flugstunden entfernt könnt Ihr hier praktisch das ganze Jahr Rennrad fahren. Die beste Zeit ist von Mitte M... read more
Tramuntana-Serpentinen
Rennradfahrer
Rennradsport

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma December 27th 2021

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma October 17th 2021

So, here I am on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The island is 98 km by 78 km, with 550 km of coastline. Typically, this is not my normal type of trip, since I prefer bigger cities, since the entire island holds a little less than a million people. Only Tenerife in the Canary Islands has a larger island population. I am staying in Palma, the capital of both Mallorca, and the autonomous region of the Balearic Islands. Autonomous since 1983, it has become one of the hottest party playgrounds in Europe, and the world. They say the Brits and the Krauts love it down here. The economy is based almost totally on tourism. And speaking of which, cyclists fit into the tourist category. Mallorca has a 24km cycle track, totally separate from the road. The ... read more
Love the veggies
I found the jamon!
Harbor view from the hilltop castle

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma October 16th 2021

I had no idea how I would fill the middle part of my trip. I started, as you know, in Frankfurt. Though mostly a large, cold metropolis, it seems to be developing a heart. I even found a Chinese hot pot restaurant near my hotel. One of my primary reasons for visiting is to make a return visit to the little town of Rudesheim, on the Rhine. I last visited in 1971, on my very first trip to Europe. I fell in love with the little town, and you will see why. It also sits near the Rhine wine region that I am also visiting. I finally did something I have been talking about for decades. I randomly selected a spot on the departure board at the Athens airport. I decided, just by chance, the third ... read more
Mallorca Mercado
Mallorca Basilica

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




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