I find it always a little strange to come back after a holiday.
Whole wheat pancakes with mashed banana, pecans, cinnamon, and maple syrup
I’m sitting at my computer, like every other day, eating my breakfast and drinking a cup of coffee, but looking at photos of my time away.
It never feels real.
Did I really do that?
Did I see these things with my own eyes?
Was it me that experienced those emotions?
On my second day in Mallorca, I woke up for an early breakfast. I had a 9:45 bus into Palma to catch.
I first met Barbara and Claire when I was waiting for the bus. I stepped away to break my money when the bus came. They waited for me to be sure I knew which bus to take and guarantee that the bus didn’t leave without me. I think they already felt sorry for the lonely girl who was vacationing alone.
About an hour later, I was in Palma. I quickly realized that the city was much larger than I had expected, so decided to do a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.
Historically, the island was known for it’s wind-powered grain mills. Many are now used as clubs.
The main industry has always been and still is the port. There were cruise ships constantly coming in and out of the port. It was fun to watch the ships sail away from the resort at night. Like floating hotels, 13 stories high.
The Cathedral of Mallorca was really impressive; from the gardens to the cathedral itself. The doorway depicting the Virgin Mary was blessed in 1601 and the construction of the cathedral lasted for the next three centuries. There are 61 stained-glass windows in the cathedral, all of which cast beautiful pools of light to the earth. This place is huge!
Little-known-fact, my aunt taught me how to do stained glass when I was 17.
From designing the pieces, to cutting and buffing the glass and welding it all together, I’ve done several pieces, all as gifts.
I’ve always loved stained-glass windows, but since experiencing how much work it is, my appreciation has grown.
After visiting the cathedral, I wondered around Palma by foot for a long while capturing some of the beauty of the city.
I even spotted a Cheshire Cat blanket. See the resemblance?
Lunch was a three-course ordeal. Since I could see the sea, I figured seafood was a good bet. I was certainly correct.
White wine, seafood salad, olives and cheese.
Seafood pasta topped with arugula and pesto
Chocolate ice cream for dessert
After lunch I hopped back on the bus and ventured up to the Castell de Bellver. The castle is on a hill overlooking Palma and the bay. The views from above were incredible.
Secret staircase under the fireplace
This couple thought they found a secret little place be alone. I don’t think they realized that the castle roof was higher than them… or that there was access to said roof.
After spending a lot of time exploring the empty castle, I headed back to the bus station. Fate jumped in and put me back in the crowded line standing next to Barbara and Claire again. There were buses running all day long, but we picked the same one. They were surprised and happy to see me so we sat together and talked on the way back to the resort. After that we had a drink, I met the rest of the family, we all ate dinner together and then watched the evening entertainment- starring two of Barbara’s boys. That was the beginning of the end, for the next 2 days, they took me in like I was part of the family. Day 2 was my last day alone.