Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Palm de Mallorca

Palma is the capital city of Mallorca, and was founded by the Romans in 123 BC. There is a massive Cathedral, the Santa Maria, which is Gothic in design, and closed when we got there! The closed churches and cathedrals in Spain have been quite a surprise to me, as in the past, all of the churches and cathedrals, in Europe, have been open, no matter what time we arrived.The fortress on the other hand was open, and we enjoyed it immensely.

The Almudaina is a Moorish-style fortress that was converted to a royal residence. The views from every window were stunning, and the breeze flowing through them was so refreshing; it made me smile!

It might even be my favorite fortress of all time, due to its location.

After traipsing around the fortress, we continued to mosey around the alleyways and streets surrounding the fortress,  and had the best mango gelato I have ever eaten.

I was able to capture a few gargoyles around the church, visit a few vendor’s, and view some old, no longer functional windmills before heading back to the ship, for our last meal, with our favorite waitress, Marites. She literally saved dinner, on this cruise, for us. 

We had experienced two previous, cranky, (yes, overworked, but they all are) unpleasant servers, before meeting Marites; she was always, kind, friendly, prompt, caring and attentive. We just fell in love with her, and we were all sad that this would be our last meal “together”.

After the last supper, we had to pack, since we had to be off of the ship by 8:30 am, (for those of you that know me, you know what a hardship that is!) and upon opening my suitcase, I found a Covid test. I figured, why not? It might explain while I have been a little more tired than “normal”, along with the sneezing and runny nose; I took the test and BAM! it immediately turned positive,  🤬😠 which isn’t a huge surprise, on one hand, but a huge surprise on the other.

I figured that by this time, I have earned a positive Covid test since I have pretty much been traveling throughout the last two years, without getting Covid. While I am not thrilled, I am kinda’ stoked to be coming home with some new Covid immunity!

Now, to hit the hay and continue onward, fully masked and avoiding people, to Barcelona.

Another reminder to seize the day!

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Saturday, May 6, 2023

Ibiza, Spain

Today we are in Ibiza, Spain. Another island, off the coast of Spain. The beaches are both sandy and rugged, and the hillside are covered in fig and olive trees. There is a 16th century “castle” which is now filled with shops.

We were told that the people of Ibiza party morning, noon and night. We grabbed a taxi, and headed to the beach, along the way, we saw many areas where salt, apparently used to cure fish in Norway, was gathered. Our taxi driver’s father worked at there, and even restored the first steam engine.

The beach was lovely, and the water very inviting, but since we were not “beach prepared” we just walked in the water, and on the sand, and enjoyed listening to the sounds of the sea.

After the beach, we headed back to “Old Town” and the Castle of Ibiza, where I find a lovely silver ring, and some pretty great mango gelato. It was a fairly uneventful day, but nice to be able to say “I have been to Ibiza”!

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Apparently this cat has been here, in this window, for at least 10 years!

Friday, May 5, 2023

Motril, Spain


We were supposed to go to Cadiz, Spain yesterday, which we were really looking forward to, but apparently the winds were quite fierce, and this boat benga monster, we were unable to dock.

What that meant was another day at sea, at the back of the boat, in our quiet little corner. Reading books and playing games.

Today, we went to Motril, Spain. We took a shuttle bus to the “Old Town”, and walked around, a bit. There was an old church, but it was closed; I am quite shocked that every church we have come upon, has been closed. This has never happened, in Europe, before.

Old Town, was more of a dingy town, full of stinky exhaust , and small roads. We did see some pretty fancy shoes in a shop window, and some cool signs, but we did not spend too much time walking around as it was extremely HOT, and not all that interesting.

On our way back to the ship, we came across a lovely little park, a skatepark, and some pretty large, and interesting metal artwork.

It was an uneventful day, but ended up with an awesome meal at the sushi bar.

Onward to Ibiza.

Living and Loving Life!

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Bricks for the Brave!!