Palma Nova, Majorca.

Trip Start Oct 05, 2006
Trip End Oct 12, 2006

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Sunday, November 5, 2006

Oct 5th, Marg, Julian, Mum & Dad flew from Birmingham airport to Palma airport on the island of Majorca. This is a Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea.

Took the Thompson vacations bus to the town of Palma Nova to the hotel Santa Lucia. Beautiful hotel right on the beach in a tourist mecca. The beach is beatiful and very clean as is the town.

Spent the first day exploring and checking out Mum & Dad's favourite haunts. Especially Tom Brown's restaurant in Magaluf (next bay over from Palma Nova and an easy walk). Brandy & coffee at 10:30am could become habit-forming!!! Relaxed on the beach and then dinner at the hotel, followed by the night's entertainment.

Next 3 days, we rented a car. Julian was designated driver because he's used to driving on the right, with the rest of us "acting" as navigators....
- Drove to Port d'Alcudia (nice little town), the lighthouse at Cap de Formentor (very hard to negotiate cars parked all over the place and not a lot to see), Port de Pollenca (really nice, low-key place), the Monastery of Lluc (beautiful church), then back via winding roads to Inca and finally Palma Nova.
- Porto Cristo and the Cuevas del Drac which are fantastic limestone caversn with stallectites, stallegmites and an underground lake that you take a boat across. Lunch in porto Cristo (Es Tanit restaurant to the best of my recollection) was a ripoff. The restaurant charged 1.5 Euros for each extra plate. Plus 2.80 Euros for a glass of coke. 'Nuff sed! Back via the Sanctuary of San Salvador on a hill near Felanitx from which there were fabulous views to all parts of the island. Got lost in the town of Felanitx. Small confusing winding streets got us all turned around. Back to Palma Nova.
- Drove more narrow winding roads through mountains to Soller & Port de Soller which was a really nice little fishing town. Narrow guage railway goes from Palma to Soller. Then on to Valdemossa which is where the rich & famous live (Catherine Zeta Jones & Michael Douglas for 2), then on to Port d'Andratx (not very appealing place) and back via Camp de Mar.

Each night we joined Mum & Dad on their balcony for either wine or whiskey before going down to dinner. It's a hard life but someone's got ot do it! Then a bottle of plonk with dinner too, followed by brandy & coffee at whichever hotel or restaurant had the best entertainment of the night.

Visited nearby Portal Nous with a marina filled with million dollar boats. So many rich people around.

The last day, the weather was cloudy for the most part, so we all went on a blanket tour to Santa Maria. This is a free trip to a factory where the object is to sell tourists high-priced blankets and beds and other stuff. Sort of the same idea as selling timeshares. Buy it now folks 'cos you can only buy the product here!!!

The last day, we flew back to Birmingham airport, managed to get a shuttle to get us to where the car was parked which seemed like it was in a different county altogether. However, everything went tickety boo and we got home in time for tea.
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