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A wonderful weekend with a pretty easy trip home. I'm so glad you didn't leave Mallorca without adding to your "cows of the world" list!
I would've been disappointed if I couldn't add it to the list, and of course that would've meant a return trip!
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Glad for a nice final day and what an unusual cow sighting! I'm surprised the aiport is so big. Not sure what I expected but not that.
I think it just goes to show what a popular destination it is in the summer...

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Embarassing, but before my Med cruise, I'd never heard of Mallorca. It ended up being one of my favorite places. I've love to go back - thanks for sharing your trip
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Very nice finish with your sighting of Mallorcan cows! Kind of a shock to the system to come back to cold temps though.
It was a bit, but I can't say too much - it has been very mild (albeit hideously wet ) this winter, way better than the awful temperatures I know a lot of you guys have endured.
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Glad you were able to see some cows before heading home!! Glad you're trip home was uneventful! Can't believe the trip is over already!
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Yay! Cows before you left for home.
That is so funny about them requiring a bus to get out to the airplane. That's hilarious! It is always a drag to come home to cold, yucky weather though. Home sweet home, right?
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In fairness, it was only three days away, so it wasn't a long trip...
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Final thoughts:

This was designed as a short break after Christmas, given that we werenít going anywhere for Christmas in 2013, and also for me to finally visit a place Iíd wanted to see for a very long time. Ok, Iíll accept that going to a place just really for one building is a little far out, but the cathedral was very beautiful, and definitely worth the visit. Of course, we didnít just go for that, as there is so much more to see and do on Mallorca.

It was a bit surreal to visit in January, and much as I enjoyed it, I donít know if Iíd do it again, as it was very weird to see so many places shut up. While it was lovely to have places to ourselves, it was also an odd feeling. I think maybe something like the end of January or early February, and maybe the place would be a bit more lively.

It was a huge shame about the train from Palma to Soller, as I was really looking forward to doing that, having heard a lot of good things about it, but at least thankfully everything else was open, even if La Granja really didnít feel as if it was properly open. A few of the craftspeople that they talk about would have been nice to see. This was one place where I really didnít enjoy walking around on my own.

I was a bit shocked by the roads here. While I knew that there were some twisty and turny roads from the maps Iíd seen, I thought Iíd programmed our journey to avoid the worst of them. Well how wrong can you be? I really didnít envy Mark having to deal with those 180 degree switchbacks at all, and especially not with so many cyclists around.

Now who knew that Mallorca had this other life, with so many hikers and cyclists visiting during the winter? It does make sense. After all, can you imagine the clash of cultures if they turned up in the summer, along with all those who only want to come and sunbathe and drink?

Our hotel was very nice, even if we did have some ups and downs with it. Thank goodness we were able to move rooms, as I just knew there was absolutely no way Iíd have slept at all had we stayed put. Although the bed was smaller in our second room, I was happy to deal with that to have a good nightís sleep, and heck we obviously needed it, given how long we slept on both nights.

I really couldnít fault the food, either the selection or the quality of it. Itís a shame their wine selection wasnít more inspiring, but in the end, itís them that lost out, rather than us, so it wasnít a big deal. I certainly wouldnít hesitate to recommend this for half board, as the food was very good. I wasnít so keen on the parking situation here, and while the heated pool was lovely, I was certainly expecting it to be a little bit warmer than it was.

As for Mallorca itself, much as I enjoyed the other bits of the island we saw, particularly the monastery at Lluc and Port díAndratx, for me, the stand out winner was Palma, and not just because of the cathedral, although that did play a part in my view.

The whole waterfront area, from the Parc de la Mer to the Palau de líAlmudaina, the Passeig del Born, and the beautiful gardens with water as their centrepiece, plus the lovely area with swans, all of it was just superb. It felt like a very classy city, and one that I could imagine people really enjoy living in.

Of course, the cathedral was the absolute highlight for me, particularly seeing it at night, and getting to look around the interior, but all in all, this vacation ended up being so much more than that. As always happens whenever we visit a new place, you learn so much about it, and it was a welcome blast of winter sun. Ok, so we couldnít walk around in T-shirts, but equally we werenít bundled up in winter coats and gloves either.

Would we go back to Mallorca? I have to say that I do feel, despite not being able to take the train out to Soller, that itís probably one of those places that weíve been there, and seen it now. I donít feel any strong desire to return again, but thatís not to say I didnít like it, because I did. I just feel as if we did our best to do it justice in the three days we were there, and we certainly ensured that we met the main reason for going there Ė i.e. to see a cathedral. As I say, itís amazing how wanting to just see one building can lead to so much moreÖ
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If any single building is worth a visit to a country, it looks like Mallorca's cathedral would be it! I think I'd have had the same reactions as you, and been glad I went, but not have it on my list of places for a repeat visit. Nothing wrong with that, though, it still looks like a fun weekend.
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Thanks for the report, your writing style makes me feel I am there with you. I think if you ever get to Lisbon you will really enjoy it, it is a lot like Spain.
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As always, I very much appreciate these European trips of yours! I learn so much and feel that I know the lay of the land much better as well. You managed quite a weekend getaway for visiting a cathedral. Well done! Not only did we get to see the famous cathedral, but found another fascinating place as well - the Palau de l’Almudaina. Such beautiful history. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us!
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If any single building is worth a visit to a country, it looks like Mallorca's cathedral would be it! I think I'd have had the same reactions as you, and been glad I went, but not have it on my list of places for a repeat visit. Nothing wrong with that, though, it still looks like a fun weekend.
It certainly was and it gave me something to look forward to after Christmas.
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Thanks for the report, your writing style makes me feel I am there with you. I think if you ever get to Lisbon you will really enjoy it, it is a lot like Spain.
One day I'd like to get there, as I'm ashamed to say I've never made it to Portugal yet...
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As always, I very much appreciate these European trips of yours! I learn so much and feel that I know the lay of the land much better as well. You managed quite a weekend getaway for visiting a cathedral. Well done! Not only did we get to see the famous cathedral, but found another fascinating place as well - the Palau de líAlmudaina. Such beautiful history. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us!
No problem - I enjoy sharing them and the Palau de l'Almudaina. Thank goodness I saw that sign, otherwise we'd have missed it...
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