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Aug 15, 2010 - Palma de Mallorca, Spain

On Palma de Mallorca we signed up for a bike tour. It was nice to get some exercise though the group was far too big. We stopped a bunch of times to “make pictures” and get drinks. It was Sunday so things were very quiet in the old town. Mostly we just saw people on their way to the many churches.

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Mediterranean Cruise

Sep 3, 2008 - Mallorca - Kayaking & Massages by the Sea

We spent our last day in Mallorca being a bit more adventurous. We walked to a diving center down the road from our hotel and rented kayaks. We took our waterproof, underwater camera with us but I'll have to add the pics later after they're developed. Stay tuned! Kayaking on the ocean was so fun and a really, really great workout. We paddled westward, passing sailboats and speedboats, exploring all the little bends in the coastline. It was a gorgeous, sunny day. Perfect for kayaking in the sea! We returned to the hotel in time to lounge by...

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Sep 2, 2008 - Mallorca - Palma & Old Town

We woke up early to catch a glimpse of the sunrise but discovered our hotel didn't really face as eastward as we originally thought. No matter, the sky was still beautiful. We claimed an early seat poolside and spent most of the day relaxing, sunning, swimming, and catching up on our reading. We even took a dip in the ocean, swimming to a nearby beach and back. That night we took the bus into the city to run some errands and spend some time exploring Palma and the old city. We discovered that there really wasn't that much to see and we'd...

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Sep 1, 2008 - Mallorca - Relaxing beside the Ocean

After a long day of driving and flying, we took the opportunity to sleep in on Monday (plus the beds were so comfortable, it was hard to wake up). We actually got motivated enough to go for a jog around the neighborhood. Our hotel was located a mile or so from the old city of Palma, in more of a residential neighborhood. We returned to the hotel to put in some quality time at the pool. The day turned out to be a bit rainy but we tried to take advantages of the brief periods of sun to get some swimming in, then we moved up to the terrace...

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Aug 31, 2008 - Mallorca - The Hospes Maricel

We arrived in Mallorca late on Sunday and were practically overwhelmed by how nice it was. As soon as we arrived, they whisked our bags away and whisked US out to the terrace, gave us a snack and glasses of champagne and seated us in some comfy rocking chairs facing the ocean while they checked us in. It should have been a sign of just how wonderful the next four days were going to be. We were truly pampered at the Hospes Maricel and we would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat. Check out a few photos of our uber-luxurious hotel.

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Jul 23, 2008 - Al Campo, Biniali, and Ca'n Calet in Santa Maria

After our shopping excursion into Palma, we headed back toward Biniali stopping at Al Campo on the way. That's when I picked up the Albarca Mujer - three pairs of the traditional Mallorcean sandals, the berberechos - the little cockles that Monique served on the boat [like mini clams] and cans of Shandies and some Sangria. I think we're set to make it through a few more hot days with some cool drinks! I also popped into Decathlon to purchase a beach cabana like the one Daniel had - to provide a shady spot on the beach and a place to throw...

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Our European Summer

Aug 4, 2007 - Palma, Mallorca

The 2 days we,ve had at sea have been a good oportunity to relax a bit, as you do so much walking when you get to a port. I thought i,d set myself a goal of seeing how many activities i could get thru. Started with a talk on spanish history, got to a cooking demo by this funny austrian chef ( the boat has a culinary arts center on it, so its like the "Food Channel"! Then watched a cooking competition, like ready stead cook where 2 passengers get up and cook up some secret ingredients in only 20 minutes. So funny. Then i got to afternoon...

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Europe 2007

Jul 15, 2007 - Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Today we docked in Palma de Mallorca which is a Spanish Island in the Balearic Sea. The western coast features enchanting scenery dotted with wonderful viewpoints and on the east coast the sea has hallowed out the vast caverns of the Caves de Drac and Caves d' Arta. Palma is the capitol and has one of the most recognizable city landmarks, the gothic Le Seu Cathedreal which was begun in the 13th century and took 300 years to complete. From port we traved to Valldemosa. This is where Chopin lived his final years. and composed several...

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Sep 24, 2006 - MALLORCA

finally arrived at 3pm on friday. Thomas was alittle late to pick me up, which gave me abit of a scare.The jetlag is still there,after not sleeping since wednsday i was still surprisingly awake, i had dinner and drinks with some of Thomas' friends and family, and i met alex which was great she's very nice and i can see that they both love each other very much. Everyone has been really nice to me and have been trying to speak as much english as possible which is abit hard for them to do all the time. The village i'm staying in is called...

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Apr 10, 2006 - A Day Trip to Palma

Today we took a day trip to Palma, just to see what the capital city was all about. Highlights: The church. Construction of the cathedral of Mallorca was begun around 1230, was built on a site that was originally an Arab mosque. (They had control over Mallorca for some time before that). It's a typical Gothic church, but the "flying arches" are pretty cool, as is the baldacchino (canopy for over an altar) by Gaudi. This baldacchino is just the full-scale model of Gaudi's design, but he never got around to making the real one before he died,...

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Apr 7, 2006 - A trip to Mallorca

Luke, Sally and I slept at the Munich airport and then had a really early flight to Mallorca, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean. Poor Sally, she was going non-stop for almost 3 days (she had just gotten in from the U.S. and then took a train to Salzburg from Vienna, and then we got on the train from Salzburg to Munich that same day) and she was pooped by the time we got to Mallorca (finally). Guess what I did? Yup, that's right! I fell asleep on the beach on the first day there and burned a nice line right across the middle of my leg,...

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Nov 23, 2005 - Palma de Mallorca

Today, we ported early on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Becky and I tried to get tickets to go into this cave, but they were sold out. Probably a blessing. We heard it wasn't that much to see. Nice, but not that impressive. The island itself, on the other hand, was beautiful. Mallorca is famous for their manufactured pearls. Dont' really get what that means, but I suppose if I were more educated in the ways of jewelry... We got off the boat intending to take a city bus, but a taxi driver offered to be our personal guide all over the...

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