You can’t stay on the boat while it’s in the yard so we also had to get some accommodation in Palma. Luckily enough we were be able to get an apartment in the same block we’d stayed in right next to the Cathedral back in June. It was in a great location, extremely well priced with its own kitchen and laundry facilities and had excellent wifi. All of which certainly helped keep costs down.
|Karen at the window of our Palma appartment beside the Cathedral|
|Couldn't resist this shot. Poor girl on the wall has had a serious brain explosion|
|On our self guided audio tour. If we had a cent for every tourist photographed in this|
guard box we could retire and go sailing. Oops - too late, already done that.
|The Cathedral is almost as impressive inside as out.|
|Another very serious set of doors.|
|The Moorish Baths and gardens dating back many hundreds of years|
were a real highlight of our walk
|The old parts of Palma Mallorca are spectacular|
|A fine way to spend a Friday afternoon|
|Karen and Marc sampling the good stuff at Wining|
Located in the centre of the old town, you enter by swinging open a huge wooden door and are instantly transported to a different world. It feels like you have walked into a theatrical Seventeenth Century Mallorca house. The bar is ornately decorated with huge candelabras, sculptures and large overflowing displays of fruit and vegetables in the entrance area. The wait staff flitting around are all dressed in crisp black trousers and starched white shirts separated by bright satin cummerbunds adding to the extremely impressive visual impact as you enter.
|Impressive decor - Unimpressive service|
|Museum of Contemporary Art is a very succesful fusion of new and old structures|
|New meets old at the town walls|
While Karen certainly enjoyed the rather out there exhibition of works by revered local Mallorcan artist Miro, Rob was underwhelmed and far more impressed by the building itself as we made our way from gallery to gallery with each displaying different facets of both the new and old structures. As you wander the building you’re lead to different areas and levels winding your way up to the parapets of the old walls and then back down to the lowest floors.
|Next stop, the castle on the hill|
|The stone masonary work is amazing|
|The castle featured an impressive collection of ancient sculptures|
|It looks like Lady-Boys might have been around long before the Thailand|
|This is a model of the stone walls of the oldest man made structure unearthed on Mallorca |
dating back thousands of years. Mmmm! Would you like frys with that?
|All in all a great day of playing tourists|
|It was great to be underway and undersail again|
|Big seas smashing against the rocks outside Cala Portals while we sit out the rough stuff.|
|They love their big RIBs over here. This one's only functionality was as a|
very expensive, high speed floating sunbed. Who said Spain is broke?
|Alcheringa is proving to be a very popular backdrop for |
photographers. The model didn't look too impressed in the bikini
shots later. It was windy and cold.
However, early on the morning of Thursday September 27th we finally pointed Alcheringa’s bows away from Mallorca towards Ibiza, the first step on our 480 nautical mile trip to Gibraltar. We certainly hope that her Palma homing device is no longer operational. We’re kind of over it.
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