Thursday, July 15, 2010

próxima parada: Palma de Mallorca

the beach that awaited our arrival

This post is long overdue, but I thought, hey it's better late than never, right? The week between graduation and the next long chapter of my life, I decided to stock up on some of that ocean sun that I've been lacking. After unfortunately seeing sold-out/overpriced tickets to Dubrovnik and Corsica, my dear Turkish delight, Ece, and I finally decided upon the Spanish island of Mallorca as our summer destination.

We soaked up some rays, tried to blend in with the Germans that dominated our hotel, celebrated as Espagne won 1-0 over Portugal in the World Cup, took long daily bus rides into the capital Palma, slept on the buses on our day-trips to Alcúdia and Soller, gorged ourselves on more than enough tapas, and had as much fun as we could before an intense 6 months ahead of us.

the beach just steps from our hotel

along with the ocean, sun, and casual attire, this stop served as a little reminder of where I want to take the bus next.

a little further down the coast...

Plaça de la Reina (the end of the bus line, i.e. our most frequented stop)

open pedestrian path in the middle of the road

multiple florists lined the way

another popular hangout spot,

where we indulged in a little local specialty, Ensaïmada

the cathedral

view of the "water show fountain" from the cathedral

romantic courtyard, swans included

just a taste of one of the many delicious tapas during the week

someone's got some pride during the World Cup... España vs. Portugal 1-0

day-trip to Alcúdia, surrounded by fine white sand and shallow blue waters

We thought it was only proper to have a cappuccino at the Grand Cafe CAPPUCCINO... Despite my lack of coffee intake, I think I can get used to these :)

day-trip to Soller, more of a port than a beach... still charming, however

one of the many green shutters we saw decorating the buildings

last night on the island - decided a little change from tapas to paella was in order...

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