Wine makes the Rainy Day Better

Trip Start Nov 07, 2013
Trip End Dec 11, 2013

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Santa Catarina Winery

Flag of Spain  , Balearic Islands,
Sunday, November 17, 2013

Today Ken and Andrea did Palma. The Susans decided to stay in as the day was once again very cold, rainy and windy and they had booked a walking tour of Palma.  We are trying hard to imagine these places as sun drenched resort towns, but we are not seeing them at their best.  So we got on our bus and just as we were ready to leave, the bus stopped running. They called for another bus and several people got off the bus worrying what would happen if we got stuck at the winery.  I am wondering what could be bad about being stuck at a winery. As we waited for the new bus to arrive, our bus started up.  Then they told us the second bus was gong to follow us.  Then they decided we would all just get in the second bus.  There were no further bus incidents.  We headed out to the Santa Catarina winery.  Once again Andrea was sleepy on the bus, but she will try to quickly recount what she learned about Palma de Majorca.  It has a huge and lovely cathedral which took 400 years to build it is all mixed up in it's styles according to Ken; Gothic, Modernistic.  It was built on an ancient Arabic religious site.  We drove by the official resident of the King of Spain (when he is in Mallorca)  We learned that Chopin was in Mallorca for a year.  Geographically it has everything- from mountains to marshlands and is a migratory fly way so many birders come here..  There are 180 caves on the east coast and 40 little coves.  Michael Douglas has a home here.  They speak Castillian Spanish and Catalan.

We visited a most lovely winery.  On the cold, dark rainy day it was just the thing.  We did a wine tasting in a hugh barrel vaulted stone room lit by candle chandeliers.  The winery is owned by a Swedish millionaire who clearly has put a lot of money into it.  We tasted 4 wines, all very good, and ate bread and manchego chees (very yummy Spanish cheese) and loives.  They had flor de sel in different flavors to spinkle on the bread with olive oil which Andrea loved (She wonders how she is going to live without all of this wonderful bread once she is home).  A very cute young man, named Gabriel explained the wines to us and the pours were not just tastes but whole glasses. 

It was the perfect activity for a rainy day.

We returned to the ship and lost again at trivia and Sue was once again deprived of her bingo.  Look for her at home in the bingo room at the various local casinos. 

Then, as has become the pattern on this ship, the Captain came on with a ship wide announcement.  In his very slow way, he told us that he had been reviewing the weather for the past few days and thinking very hard about what to do.  He announced that we were skipping Valencia and going straight to Barcelona as he was concerned that if we didn't grab a brief window of decent weather, we might not be able to get into Barcelona at all.  He told us all to take our seasick pills and not to worry.  No one seemed crushed about an extra day in Barcelona.
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Grant C. on

Ken doesn't look like he's enjoying his wine. Or that he's seen the cute gal that goes with Andrea's cute guy. ... but I'm sure more wine will help. Even with the lousy water, we'd love to be there.

grant C on

Stupid autocorrect: ... lousy weather.

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