This morning we arrived in Palma De Mallorca, Spain around 8 am. The weather forecast was 50% chance of rain but we lucked out and had beautiful weather all day long.
Some friends we met on a cruise message board set up a private tour as we prefer smaller groups rather than the larger groups on buses with the cruise line tours. Our tour guide met us outside the ship with a private small bus and driver. We started the tour with a brief tour of Palma and its panoramic view of Bellver Castle before heading on to Valldemossa. The drive there was beautiful and the vegetation was interesting as it changed from the plains to the mountains. Starting in the plains we saw fields of almond trees and as we went up, that changed to Olive trees. When we reached Valdemossa, we took a walking tour of the Royal Carthusian Monastery, the Frederic Chopin Museum and learned about their only patron saint, Catalina Thomas. There was lots of history and information about Chopin and his mistress Josef. Chopin’s mistress used a man’s name since she was a writer and at the time you couldn’t publish anything as a female writer. There was also an overview of the monks’ lives over the years. Once finished with the walking tour, we were afforded the opportunity of listening to a Chopin concert. If we closed our eyes, we could see ourselves in that time period with the amazing gardens and views from the Monastery.
After leaving Valdemossa, we headed to the town of Soller. The views on our way to Soller were spectacular and actually reminded me a little of the Almalfi Coast with its winding roads looking down at the water off of the coast. In Soller, we had time to have lunch and walk around its quaint square before boarding the train to Bunola where our driver and van met us to take us back to the City of Palma. Once back in Palma, we were treated to the beautiful site of the Palma Cathedral before heading back to the ship.
After the ship set sailed and a small nap, we enjoyed another night in the Blu Restaurant. Tonight we enjoyed a Lobster salad appetizer, Parsnip soup with duck confit and fried shalots, a pan seared white fish with artichokes and a balsamic reduction sauce, followed by a dessert of citrus panna cotta. It was excellent and a wonderful prelude to the evening show featuring Vocalist Nik Page. Nik has performed on stage in New York and London’s West End. The variety of songs he sang from Michael Buble’ to Andrea Bocceli were the icing on the cake to a great day.