Es Castell

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    • Day 2

      Mao and baptism

      October 11, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      The day of the baptism was also National day, so some things were closed including the water taxi and the distillery, shame! We walked into the capital, Mao partly along a dusty footpath, stopping for coffee by some huge sparkling yachts.
      In the old town we explored the old fish market and found a church that was hosting a short organ recital. Next we found a small square for light lunch in the American Bar.
      We had some difficulty finding the bus station and when we did there was a gap of two hours in the timetable , so we took a taxi back.
      The baptism was at five and we met many of Toni’s large family as we walked the short distance to the church. Two babies were baptised and both were extremely good.
      After we walked back down to the quayside where Toni’s grandma has an amazing five story house where the ground floor makes an entertainment space that opens on to the Quay. Festivities began and we were treated to some local and Mallorcan delicacies of pies and pizza, followed by biscuits and then hot chocolate with cake. Beer and wine flowed so the baby’s head was well and truly wetted, and the singing got underway. All the extended family members were very kind to us and chatted freely. We didn’t stay too late when the gin and tonics were rolled out, and strolled back by moonlight.
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    • Day 1

      Arrival in Mao

      October 10, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      We picked up our Owners Cars Opel Crossland and drove the short distance to Es Castel where we checked in at the Barcelo Hamilton and began our stay with a glass of ‘champagne’. The hotel overlooked the entrance to the harbour and our room was on the 4th floor with balcony overlooking the views.
      We wandered down the quayside to the end where we found a little inlet , Calles des Fonts, with boats and restaurants and met baby Tonina and the others and had a look around the apartment where they were staying. It was a short walk to the supermarket where we stocked up on a few things for a scrumptious lunch.
      In the afternoon we got to our room and had a rest and did some painting. Of picturesque boats.
      After a walk along the boardwalk with Mark, Dorado was on the menu this evening accompanied by a white Rioja.
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    • Day 11

      Tisdag 23/5 Menorca

      May 23, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      En händelserik dag.

      Vi ankom till Menorca först klockan 13 och innan dess lyssnade vi på en föreläsning om Menorca och Mallorca.

      Menorca tillhör ö-gruppen Balearerna där även Mallorca ingår. Hamnen är en naturhamn så det var en fin insegling genom sundet in till vår plats. Menorcas hamn är nummer två av världens naturhamnar. Nummer ett är Pearl Harbour.

      Klockan två började vår Menorca-utflykt som var väldigt intressant. Utöver en engelskspråkig guide hade vi en inhemsk guide. Han var arkeolog och pratade rätt dålig engelska men det uppvägdes av att han pratade långsamt och tydligt. Han var gullig i sin önskan att bibringa oss kunskap om de gamla menorcanska lämningarna.

      Vi åkte runt och såg tre olika stenhögar som alla var intressanta. De användes som begravningsplats och gruppen med den högsta stenhögen fick högst status. I högen fanns det rum för sådär 70 lik så när fler lik tillkom flyttades de tidigare ut.

      Detta är tråkigt för arkeologerna eftersom de endast har de senaste kropparna att analysera.

      Under utgrävningarna vid ’bordet’ hittade man en liten statyett som man tror föreställer Imhotep, arkitekten bakom pyramiderna.

      På kvällen var det White Evening. Då dukas det på pooldäck och det serveras en buffé. Det var också en parad av personalen och deras flaggor.
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    • Day 383

      Cala Taulera near Mahon Menorca

      May 3, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Yesterday we walked around the headland to Cala Macarella and had a coffee at the cafe there before visiting the previously inhabited caves. From the look of the floor the main residents now are goats, had a lovely swim around the bay on our return to the boat and saw 4rays (fish).
      We spent today cruising along the south coast of Menorca, we had hoped to anchor up in Cala Covas, said to be one of the most stunning anchorages in the Balearic Islands, but a bit to much swell. We popped into lots of other Calas on the way round, definitely worth a mention is Cala Alcaufa a little built up but still lovely however ended up here Cala Taulera near the capital which is OK as we need to do a bit of shopping, and look for some parts. For those who are interested we think we need a new gypsy wheel for anchor winch as the chain is slipping and jumping, but only sometimes. There are two other boats here, one is fine the other when we arrived appeared to be drifting onto the rocks, once anchored we could see someone apparently pushing it off so rowed over to see if we could assist. We ended up re-laying 2of the anchors, the engine and rudder are broken and owner can’t move the boat. However looking at it now it looks like anchors didn’t hold but as the owner has gone and doesn’t appear bothered we have decided we won’t be either.
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