The only negative to “at sea” days is that everyone in on the ship. Despite that, this ship has so many venues that it is rare you really feel the crush of the crowds. Today we are still crossing the Mediterranean. I originally thought I would snag a deck chair and hang out topside all day, but it was windy and a bit too chilly. I found various nooks out of the way and spent the day reading.
I roused myself long enough to watch the ubiquitous fruit carving demonstration. The chefs always make it look so easy.
In the afternoon, I dressed for dinner and spent the evening going to various music venues I had not yet stayed up late enough to enjoy. I made it to midnight! Woo hoo!
Today is our last full day. We docked in Mallorca, Spain (sometimes spelled Majorca) at about 7:00 this morning. I took the shuttle into city center around 9:00 and it was still a bit early for things to be open. I walked around the amazing cathedral that overlooks the sea.
It was begun in the mid 1200’s and took over 300 years to finish.
I found a coffee shop where local old men were drinking coffee, talking and reading the paper. Always a good sign. I can adequately order a coffee with milk in Spanish so I sat outside with the old men and watched Palma come to life. It didn’t take long.
I walked until me feet ached then bought a ticket on the hop on/hop off tourist bus. Always a good way to get an overview. Palma is the capital of Mallorca and a bustling place. It is part of the Balearic island chain and during the time when ships meant dominance, it was a strategic military site. First established by the Romans in 128 B.C., it has since been under the rule of the Moors, then the Mallorcan kings, then Spain. Its location in relation to North Africa made is desirable for trade as well. Now, it’s harbor is full of yachts worth millions. Really beautiful.
Tonight, I am attending a Spanish ballet, hitting the jazz club, and whatever else hits my fancy. Tomorrow, early disembarkation and I’ll find my hotel in Barcelona.