Sunrise in Mallorca.
Sunrise in Mallorca.
The first moments of sunrise over the Mediterranean.
Can you tell that all I did in Mallorca was sit in the pool in our backyard? All of my photos are from the 10 feet around it. 😁
Another sunset from Mallorca. I very much enjoyed that a resort called BelleVue Club was on the other side of the lake from us, since Bellevue is the name of a hospital in NYC—the oldest public hospital in the U.S., actually—and is very well known here for the horror stories from its psychiatric ward. 😂
The hills over Es Llac Gran lake on Mallorca, where we saw hang gliders every day as we listened to our Mickey Avalon on our travel speaker in our private pool with our janky homemade tintos de verano (cheap Spanish wine + sparkling lemonade). Heaven!
I've been in PRAGUE this week! It is a Magical. Fairytale. Land.
The canal between our house near the Port d'Alcudia and the Balearic Sea. No one could ever go hungry in Mallorca with the amount of fish in this thing.
The clearest water off of the Platja d’Alcúdia beach on Mallorca. The sand was so white and the water so calm that it didn't even look blue, just transparent.
Before we booked our stay in Mallorca, I read that Port d'Alcúdia was the part of the island known for having the most beautiful beach. So we booked our Airbnb on the southern end of the beach, between the Es Llac Gran lake and the Platja d’Alcúdia beach. We had a beautiful townhouse with a pool all to ourselves overlooking the lake and the green hills behind it. The beach was right across the street and was as spectacularly calm and blue as everyone said it would be!
Backyard flowers and a setting sun at our house in Mallorca.
The friendly little palm tree over the fence row in our backyard in Mallorca.
I spent a week on the island of Mallorca with my fiancé and a couple of friends from September 24th to October 1st last year (hey, only a year late posting these photos!), and Mallorca was actually the entire reason we booked our trip to Spain. We knew we wanted a week in a city and a week at the beach somewhere that was still warm at the end of September, so a friend recommended Mallorca, and Madrid and Barcelona were natural choices after that. Sometimes it hurts me to remember this part of the trip because I'm not on it all of the time and it was THAT GREAT.
And that's it for Barcelona photos! I'll leave you with one last view over the city out to the ocean before my pictures depart to the island of Mallorca. Barcelona was even more wonderful than I had imagined—all of the charm of places like Prague and Paris but with a beach!—and everyone who told me I wouldn't like it as much as Madrid has no idea how much I like palm trees. People said the food wouldn't be as delicious as other places, but it was all homey, comforting things like potatoes topped with ham and aioli, paellas with land and sea animals, and everything stuffed into a croquette, a dream! One of the things we actually liked best about Spain, as annoying as it could be at times, was their dedication to the afternoon siesta. I remember walking up to a restaurant in the middle of the afternoon while all of the staff was on break and asking just to have a glass of wine, not even any food. And they just flat-out refused! It feels like the promise of more money doesn't control everything there, unlike in the U.S. Can't wait to go back and stay in the Gothic Quarter next time!
Just a sampling of the dishes at 3-Michelin-star @abacgroupbarcelona from Chef @jordicruzoficial in Barcelona! This is exactly my favorite type of fine dining experience: novelty plates shaped like soft pillows, desserts that arrive in shipping boxes that say "muy fragil", edible lipsticks to embarrass all of the men at the table, AND everything tastes amazing. Hazelnut butter served in a giant hazelnut! Lamb parts steeped like tea! I just love a dinner where you never know what's going to happen next.
Barcelona from the rooftop of our hotel, @granhavanabarcelona.
Another one of the epic view from above Barcelona at Park Güell.
Barcelona at night, Sagrada Familia from afar.