Saturday, 26 October 2013

Up Up and Away

Up up and away - yes we have been to Mallorca to recharge our batteries and soak up the sun - fabulous - only downside I was bitten by mozzies - although I used a protector - but never mind about that - I am going to post some pics and share our highlights for the week.

 We walked most days - well everyday in fact - enjoying the experience of the amazing scenery - our hotel was the Grupotel Maritimo in Alcudia
 - we have stayed here  before -  a few years back -  food and accommodation were excellent.

Day one took us out on the local bus to Port of Alcudia to wander round the harbour - boats fish and sunshine -
a good combination.- the fish below were swimming in the harbour waters
- on then to the old Alcudia Town - we decided to walk and view the countryside
and the gardens
and of course to mess around with our cameras - the old town itself was very addictive - all those old streets and buildings
- some of them being sympathetically restored
- taking on different  shades of colour in the afternoon sun. We decided to walk back to the hotel and not catch the bus - 6K and a bit we were told when we reached reception at the hotel - in the blazing sun - time for a well earned glass of wine !!

Day two took us to Mallorcas' best kept secret  - the S'Albufera de Mallorca Natural Park - I have attached a link - we spent 2 days of our week gazing at the scenery
and the wildlife  - the bird below is a purple gallinule - about the size of a young turkey -
- we saw a lot - but also the marsh land is so dense -  that all there was to go on was bird calls and twittering - little bird below is a Kentish Plover  -so dainty - just in front of the hide
I was so lucky to get this
shot of the turtle - if you look closely you can see its stripey head and its yellow eye - click on the pic to zoom in
-top right in the pic below is a night heron - and below in the bottom corner is a fledgling night heron - and of course centre is a egret
of course this is where the mozzies launched  their attack without a doubt - but I would not change a thing about those 2 days !!

Day 3
- off on the local bus again and a stop off at Peurto Pollensa
and a walk along the sea front  approx 2K - I would say
and during which we took a well earned lunch.

Day 4 - off to Palma
- care of the local bus -
seriously the bus service on the island is to be recommended - for both price and efficiency.
I counted 20 flower stalls across this avenue - and each one was beautifully presented as is this one
and of course everyone the world over loves a book stall

Day 5 - I had prebooked this organised trip with an excellent tour guide - and this is where we went -first of all we visited Lluc Monastery - I have added a link  it was quite a short visit but long enough to feel very privileged to have had the opportunity. This archway - contained lit red candles of prayer - faced the main courtyard
All around were symbols of devotion - see the cross towering on the hill above the monastery
This was part of the ceiling in the chapel - the glass was so beautiful 
Lavenders and herbs in the garden
The second part of our day was a trip on the tiny train from Soller to Palma - we caught the tram
from Peurto Soller to Soller passing through
the orange groves -
we were given time in Peurto Soller to soak up the views

 The little train
rushed up into the mountains giving fine views of the town below
 - and dashed through extended tunnels -veering to the left and then to the right -we had been on this train a few years back and it still held its magic for us - brilliant - thankyou for calling by - Jane


  1. What an amazing many things to see and do,you certainly packed it all in! So, are you ready to face winter?
    Jane x
    PS Do take care in the storms.

    1. Lovely to hear from you both - its 'chucking' it down at the minute - and worse to come - but nothing like your storms over there - take care - Janexx

  2. It all looks fantastic - and the weather as well. Shame about those pesky mosquitoes, but sounds like a lovely trip.

    1. Hello Molly - yes a fantastic week - back to reality again - and clearing up after the rain = take care you two - Jane x

  3. Hi Jane, that is so delightful to see your fantastic pictures of a sunny Mallorca, especially with that howling storm outside. I see that you had a really great time and like all things we do, as well. Oh those book stalls! Thank you for sharing, a great start for my Monday morning :-). I love that picture looking up to the ceiling with the AVE MARIA in the glass, stunning!

  4. What a great trip, and I love the story behind the photos. (I could use a bit of sun right now. It's raining here.) The view from atop the mountain is gorgeous.