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.
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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