|The cathedral at Palma|
|Our short flight to Majorca cost $34 total - Norwegian Air|
Sometimes it is really funny why you pick a place to visit. For the last 10 years I have been looking for an excuse to go to Majorca - Mallorca - Maiorca - they are all the same place - just spelled differently by different countries. Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It has mountains - palm trees - and one very large city - Palma. The British and Germans love to come here for sunny long holidays.
My favorite play is Billy Elliot - about a coal miner’s son who wants to learn ballet. In the play - the British coal miners are on strike. The mine police and the miners are singing a union song back and forth at each other. It rang a bell for me because my Dad was a striking miner - and I was a striking teacher. The mine police are teasing the miners to keep the strike going because the police were making plenty of extra overtime money. They sing -
Keep it up till Christmas lads,
It means a lot to us
We send our kids to private school.
On a private bus
We've got a lot to thank you for
Geordie you're a corker
A nice extension on the house and a fortnight in Maiorca
The Brits need all the sunshine they can get - and Majorca is really popular during the summer season. The airport is huge and hosts 24 million travelers a year. In the summer months - it is as busy as Heathrow and Gatwick. Our flight from Barcelona was barely in the air before we were getting ready to land. Since we were going to be in Valencia Spain - this was a perfect time killer. The cost to come out here was $34 each on Norwegian Air. At this time of the year - the airport is like a ghost town.
Instead of a fortnight in Majorca - we will spend two nights in downtown Palma - along with the other 400,000 residents here. We walked the sunny streets today - it reached 73 degrees. It the sun it seemed much hotter than that - and in the shade it was chilly. The Med Sea water is cold - we may walk the beach tomorrow - but I doubt we will enter the water. You never know with Lulu.
Lulu got a very nice 4 start hotel for $110 a night. It includes a giant buffet breakfast that will be my tomorrow's story. Even the mini-bar drinks in the room are on the house. We have an 8th floor balcony. It only has one tiny little elevator - it is right outside our room for quick access. Maybe 4 people can squeeze in it.
We had lunch at an Italian Restaurant and an afternoon drink at a British pub. The streets could be anywhere in Madrid - Venice - Rome - Paris - with cute little shops - and high end fashion stores.
We rented a car for tomorrow and plan to drive out in the countryside. When flying over the island - we saw plenty of cute little roads and hedgerows just like the English countryside. An Enterprise car for a day was 42 euros total. They drive on the right side of the road here - so it should be easy to get around.
|Norwegian Air had nice Boeing 737 planes - leaving Barcelona|
|Palma Airport was empty during off season|
|Palma has a giant modern airport|
|I loved this Citroen trunk|
|This is the canal from our hotel balcony. Bus from airport was 5 euros|
|Mountains in the distance form our balcony.|
|This canal handles mountain runoff - prevents floods|
|The Royal Palace downtown|
|The Palma Cathedral|
|The old city was fortified along Med Sea|
|Canons could be rolled up the ramps|
|The park along the Med Sea|
|Lots of wonderful little shops - few shoppers|
|A memorial to priests in the cathedral|
|Moorish architecture around the cathedral|
|Lulu at the Palm Center|
|Palma City Hall|
|The old town had narrow winding streets and steps|
|Harry felt at home at Scalpers.|