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Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca June 17th 2018

Mallorca is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean! It is characterized by its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and dramatic mountains. Even the Spanish royal family could not resist its charms. However, did you know that it is a great place for people who have kids? It may be difficult to find a great destination for the entire family. However, you will not have to worry about your kids— at least not any more than usual. What is it about the island that makes it ideal for travelling with children. Child-Friendly Area You will have no problems looking for playgrounds, pools, and activities that your kids will enjoy. The hotels and restaurants in the area are all pretty child-friendly. The locals love children so younger kids will b... read more

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma November 25th 2017

November 21, 22, 23 Mallorca A 25 Euro taxi ride got us to the small Granada airport for our flight to Palma de Mallorca. Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic islands. It's a 50 minute flight (or seven hour ferry ride) from Barcelona. We had rented an apartment in the heart of the old town and looked forward to doing laundry (it had been two weeks since our last apartment rental in Madrid). I was instructed to call Maria who would give our driver directions about where to drop us off as the building couldn't be reached by vehicle. It was a short, up hill and up steps walk to #8 Cofrerria de San Miguel. Maria welcomed us with a bottle of Spanish wine, olive oil and candy and showed us the large apartment, all ... read more
Handsome Spanish prebooked drivers everywhere we go!
Lugging our luggage up to our amazing apartment...the travails of travel
Our beautiful front door

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands October 5th 2017

Palma de MaJordan is a beautiful island and I hope to come back someday to explore the City but today we are off to learn how to make Paella. Unfortunately ML is not feeling well but tropper that she is she persisted. It is a shame because this is the one tour she really was looking forward to. Our first stop is the market to buy our ingredients. Like most markets of Europe it was a feast for the eyes. Large, immaculate, with fresh meat, fish, veggies and fruit, it really stimulated the taste buds. Everything is locally grown except for the tropical fruits. You can buy herbs and spices and prepared meals as well. Cooking utensils and pans and pots and aprons, whatever you need for the kitchen is available here. We watched the meat ... read more
The hacienda
Making Paella
The result

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Minorca August 30th 2017

After mummy and I had spent a week in Geneva, it felt as though time was flying too fast again. We now only had just over a week to play in Menorca, plus we had plans to visit Mallorca for 3 days. During this time, so much was done that the quote of the week became "it is remarkable that there is so much diversity for such a small island, I wasn't expecting that". I hope that this little blog entry gives you some idea of just how diverse and interesting this little island became for us. On 17 August, to celebrate my 7 month birthday, my first top tooth has appeared! That's why it was hurting so much! Mummy has been giving me lots of raw carrots to chew on. I can now scrape my ... read more
Crossing to Mallorca
Crossing to Mallorca
Crossing to Mallorca

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Minorca August 9th 2017

We are staying in Menorca for nearly a month, so it is worthy of an introduction. Daddy's parents bought a small apartment just outside of Mahon some 25 years ago (when daddy was 16 years old), and it has been rented and used irregularly. It is a beautiful spot, and certainly an easy way to secure accommodation during the huge European holiday rush in August. The capital of Menorca is Mahón (or Maó in local dialect), which sits on the world's second longest natural harbour (5 km in length, second only to Pearl harbour), and has a significant naval history - control of mediterranean trade / taxes; boat maintenance Privateering / corsair control of North African Barbary raids; British fleet efficiency (health) & hospitalisation services etc. In modern times the array of beautiful beaches (& agrotourism) ... read more
Butterflies on our walk
View from the verandah, and one of daddys distractions
A bigger distraction

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Cala Millor June 10th 2017

Anticipation out of the way and an early rise, the usual no sleep the night before from been too excited about a week off with the family in Majorca. We arrive at Gatwick and meet up with Oli, Maia, Phoenix and little Indigo for a Wagga-Momma breakfast before the TUI flight, a nice airbus plane with a bit of mood lighting, why not! It's a nice chilled out flight watching plant of the apes and a bit of Mario kart on the DS, losing to Helen which was a sad day for my Mario Kart skills, all those years at uni gone to waste! We land at Palma airport, usual feeling when we got off the plane, feels like an oven, beautiful weather and ready to get to the hotel but not before we find Mom ... read more
Out and about
Spikey Spanish plant
Hotel evening meal

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Ibiza July 31st 2016

Ibiza quelle belle destination de rêve... Ibiza what a dreamful destination... J'y suis allée spécialement pour voir une très bonne copine, Célia. Elle y faisait son stage dans un Hôtel Resort. I went there specially to see a very good friend Célia. She was doing her internship there, in a Hotel Resort. Je suis parti de Barcelone très tôt le matin. Je suis donc arrivée dans le centre historique d'Eivissa pour prendre mon petit déjeuner entre ombre et soleil sur une place assez sympathique. I left Barcelona very early in the morning. I arrived in the historical center of Eivissa to take a good breakfast between the shades and the sun, on a very pleasant square. J'ai visité la vieille magnifique ville construite sur une colline. Les maisons sont blanches, embellies par plein de belles fleurs. ... read more
Sunrise - San Antonio

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Palma July 21st 2016

I arrived at Mallorca very late Wednesday night, my flight with Ryanair was delayed one hour but also only cost me 50 euros, so it was quite OK. After waiting in the airport the flight only took around 50 mins, I slept all the way. I arrived in the airport after the busses had stopped going, I was going to the port right next to the airport and decided for a taxi, the port is called Can Pastilla - at night it was a 15 euro taxi trip, cheaper in day time. There I met my father and his travel buddy Claus, him and his wife both retired and sold the house and are currently travelling around on their boat in Spain. We went on their little rubber boat (they did not want to pay the ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca June 26th 2016

Part 4 Mallorca June 24 We landed on the island of Mallorca and rented a car. We were so releived at how easy Mallorca is to drive. The roads were well marked and the infrastructure is better than barcelona. That was a nice change. Once we arrived, we quickly left the bussling city of Palma and headed to the rural center of the island. After a short drive, we arrived at our destination, the beautiful Hotel Rural Sa Torre de Santa Eugenia. The hotel was an old vineyard farmhouse was converted into a lovely villa in the middle of wine country. It looked as though we were in a spanish house in Paso Robles. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. The hotel is surrounded by meditteranean gardens and all of the aged masonry shouted, "Old Spanish Villa." We spent ... read more

Europe » Spain » Balearic Islands » Majorca » Sóller May 4th 2016

Riding the 1900's train to Soller and then transferring to the tramway from Soller to the Port of Soller is definitely very unique. From the port it is possible to take different boats around La Calobra area. The train ride by itself is a treat. Taking the round trip option on the first train and coming back on the last one was our way to go. The ride starts near Plaza de Espana in Palma Center from a picturesque train station in a private area close to the public transport train lines. The ride offers great views of the Tramuntana mountains with a short scenic stop looking down to the gorgeous town of Valldemossa. Soller is small and cute with a little bit of everything for everyone. I opted for the local produce and handcrafted ... read more
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