Trip Start Jun 01, 2007
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Since starting out from Greece in May of this year we have now travelled nearly 1700 miles in our trek westwards through the Med. The grand plan has always been to leave the Med this year and cross the Atlantic! Might sound adventurous but so far so good …..
From Sardinia we made landfall at Mahon, Menorca and after a few days worked our way slowly along the South coast before crossing to Mallorca and then onto Ibiza.
So far each country has been thoroughly enjoyable, sometimes a bit of a revelation, and the people always so friendly. The visits have certainly dispelled many myths whilst, I daresay, confirming others!
Some of the best things have been the unexpected events such as we encountered when we were in a small place called Port Colom, Mallorca. The Tourist Officer there told us that there was to be a local fiesta that night with 'firecrackers'. I thought this was simply a mis-translation of ‘fireworks’ but we decided to go – and boy was he right when he said ‘firecrackers’. Some of the locals dressed in rather ‘ghoulish’ outfits strapped masses of firecrackers to their back and just ran down the street and into the crowds – spectacular; highly dangerous; but, great fun!! There is a video I put together of the night but not sure how well it will work on this update.
It was great to have my son, David and his partner, Rachel, visit us on the boat in Ibiza. They got to see some of the down sides of this lifestyle with excessive swell, high winds in the anchorage, and anchor watch during the night. David fell asleep for most of the night so his place as future crew may now be in jeopardy!!!
We were sad to leave Italy, having had a really great time there, but as always it was good to arrive at the next destination
After a week in Menorca, we sailed all the way to Mallorca and the town of Pollensa.
We arrived just as the sea plane landed on the water just in front of us and the skipper got cross with the crew for not paying attention to anchoring!!! ( see photo!)
The town was not over run with tourists and we enjoyed several trips ashore, including, for me, a long overdue visit to the hairdresser. There was no problem finding one who spoke English! We met up with my son Chris and his Spanish girlfriend Marta who kindly took us out and about in their hire car. They were great company and we entertained them on board, which I think Chris enjoyed far more than his last experience – sailing from Dover to Portsmouth along the English Channel, when we started out many years ago. He still has memories of cooking bacon sandwiches………….which he never got to eat!!!
Thanks to Marta and her sisters who live in Palma, we were eventually able to get a permit to visit the islands of Cabrerra – a nature reserve where visitor numbers are restricted, as is anchoring
On to Ibiza – the party island! No trouble getting an all over tan here. We are just not used to such blatant nudity…….guess we will just have to join in??? (There will be no photos!) The majority of tourists here are British, so there is no shortage of Marmite and Heinz baked beans and tonight we are going to watch a football match on the big screen!!