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Palma de Mallarco - She's a difficult mistress...

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We really love everything we have seen in Palma. Thanks to our friend Tina for taking us in and giving us a home for the days and nights we have been here. The road trip on Sunday to Valldemossa and Deia was spectacular with a great lunch at the end of the world's most winding road which took us from the top of the mountain to the sea. On Monday, Tina was off to work early so we were on our own...she suggested we go and get ourselves lost to find the best parts of the old city of Palma. We took her words VERY literally and have been lost for 3 days now. Even the Ipad map can't help us here...I can't emphasize enough just how lost we have gotten; yesterday we missed dinner with some friends and today we ended up in the wrong train station on the wrong side of the island. And the rest of the time we are just generally "exploring"...that's how we describe it when we don't know where we are, but aren't late for something.
Last night we caught up with another friend from St.Maarten, Amanda and her daughter Ruby for a drink on the waterfront, which was great. After that we had some more exploring to do...and the nighttime version of Palma is an amazing tour of food and fun. We got properly lost on our way to a little neighbourhood across town that proved worth the walk as we found some tapas....my favourite was the dates stuffed with fois, and cooked with bacon and apple. Nat found pumpkin stuffed raviolis and some tempura shrimp with wasabi aoli (the tempura was more like shredded wheat than tradition tempura, awesome!) so she was happy too. And the Mallorcan wine is a nice giant step up from the stuff we were choking down in Turkey.
Today we took the scenic train ride through the mountains thinking we were on our way to visit Amanda and spend the night in the country. We found the scenic town of Soller and also found out that Amanda lives in Sineu, which is on the other side of the mountain. We still had a great day, grabbed the last train back to Palma and enjoyed a meal with Tina and friends.

It has been an excellent week, as hard as this place sent us in circles and tried to chase us away, we have really fallen for it. We will return! Tomorrow it is off to Barcelona for 4 days with our www.airbnb.com stay, we'll let you know....

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Posted by colincampbell 14:31 Archived in Spain

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