Gypsies, tramps and thieves.

Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
Trip End Oct 24, 2010

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Flag of Spain  , Balearic Islands,
Thursday, September 23, 2010

The first morning we didn't set the alarm … and Philip woke me up to see the sunrise! It was beautiful, colouring all the clouds and the Majorcan mountains orange and red. Chris and Baumie took off early to go geocaching, but we took our time over breakfast and didn’t set off for the Old Town till later.

All over Europe we have been warned about gypsies and pickpockets and the need to take care in tourist spots. So when the guys got offered flowers by a couple of local women, it only took Rex a moment or two to realize that one of the women had deftly removed a five euro note whilst putting a flower in his top pocket! And to add insult to injury, they said the women weren’t even good-looking!!

We split up in the market square and all wandered off to take in the sights. I was just starting to look around, when I heard the haunting strains of the opera song Tim Robbins plays in the Shawshank Redemption (I can’t remember the name of the piece). I followed the sound into the middle of the market place to find a woman with the most beautiful voice, singing her heart out. It was mesmerising and I stayed and listened to her for half an hour. She sang songs from Carmen, Puccini, the Ave Maria, and lots of others I recognised, but would need Annette or Michelle here to tell me what they’re called! I gave her some euros, and then decided I needed her CD, so bought that too. She communicated with me, half in German, half in sign language, and I learned her name was "La Bella Rosa", and she was an opera singer (with a bad back) and she was German. When the others arrived, they were impressed too, and Trish bought the CD as well.

The guys had been delayed – by a propositioning prostitute – and said they lost their way back! We sat in another little square and ate a baguette while being entertained by a violinist and then a troupe of fit, lithe young men doing gymnastics. It was quite idyllic really.

We did a tour of the 14th Century cathedral, which had been renovated inside by Gaudi. We could see his influence, some of his work and an unusual altar that had been designed and created by a Majorcan artist, which on first glance we had pegged as Gaudi’s. The walls have been modelled on the sea and depict fish and sea-life all over them.

We made it back to the ship for cocktail hour, and sat around the pool listening to Natalie and the HALcats (Holland America Line) singing and playing a mixture of contemporary hits, while we drank our strawberry daiquiris out of brightly coloured, plastic coconuts. Bliss! After a roast beef and yorkshire pudding dinner we went to listen to concert pianist Garin Bader playing some of his own compositions and a selection of Chopin pieces – some more beautiful music to end another perfect day.
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Rach, Ben and Abi on

Stint (as Billie Jean would say for 'stink'!)
We wrote a massive comment last night, but it seems not to have come through.
Lovely bunch of coconuts! And loving that you and Trish are wearing the same top in opposite colours in one of the photos :-D
Had G'ma, Susan, Kim and all us lot for afternoon tea and a gorgeous roast chicken cooked up by Abi. Was great to catch up with the rellies, even though G'ma couldn't remeber they had visited by the end of the night!
When the kids went to bed, Ben got out the record collection and we were listening to "Where do you go to my lovely" when we wrote this first time around.
Sounds like you've finally had a bad day in terms of weather, but good thing it was a sea day rather than one of your destinations!
Hope your next day is super sunny and lovely.

The kids and grandkids

Baumy on

Love the blog Anna - it's just like being there!!

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