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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 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 1

      1.Tag Menorca

      October 1, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      13.00 holt uns Kristin in Dresden ab zum Bahnhof, dann mit Zug nach Frankfurt/Main, einchecken 3.00Uhr, Abflug 5.30, Ankunft total unausgeschlafen 7.30 in Menorca, Transfer zum Hotel.Ich kann nicht schlafen und drehe eine Ortsrunde und tümple jetzt am PoolRead more

    • 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 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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    • Day 6

      Splashing around in Cala Taulera

      May 30, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Michael was leaving today so while the rest of the crew were still asleep I saw him off, as he headed for the airport.
      I was sad to see him go and had hoped he'd stay a few more days as he had done the hard work of getting us to here and the next few days were now going to be fairly relaxing.
      I'll be forever grateful to him for his help and advice in the early days of planning the voyage home and for crewing to Menorca.

      Alex had told us that Cala Taulera was a lovely place to visit, so despite Paul and I still being tired, we decided a short sail there would be perfect for bedding in the new crew for the sail to Mallorca.
      We invited Laura's sister Ann and her husband Jeff to join us for the day.

      We left the berth at 11.30 and stopped at the fuel dock to fill up. We were not going to make the same mistake twice!
      Strangely we had no problem filling up this time and it turned out we still had about 30 litres left in the tank when we arrived yesterday.

      Leaving the dock, we hoisted the sails and had a nice gentle broad reach down the harbour.
      I took a back seat as Máirín took the helm as we sailed passed Ille De Rei with its old fever hospital and then past Isla del Lazareto before turning north into Cala Taulera.

      We discovered a nice sheltered bay with about six yachts already anchored there but with still plenty of room.
      We dropped the sails and prepared to anchor Eureka for the first time.
      Eureka has an electrical windlass but as I discovered, it only works then lifting the anchor, it's freefall when dropping it.
      Everything went as planned and soon Máirín and Chris were swimming off the stern while the rest of us just just got started on the wine and beer.

      We had a lovely salad for lunch washed down with some cerveza and vino as we chatted, swam and lazed around for the afternoon.

      We headed back to the berth under genny alone before freshening up and heading for dinner.

      Mmmm, this is what sailing is all about.

      Distance 5mls. Total 403 mls.
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    • Day 7

      Tag 7: Kein Radeln, trotzdem Spaß

      October 24, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Heute regnete es - endlich nach Meinung des Schafbauerns 🐑 - richtig! Zum Glück war es schon vorbei als wir um 10:30 Richtung Busbahnhof aufbrachen. Erst gab es noch einen leckeren Cappuccino im Bistro, dann ging es zum Bahnhof. Es war wirklich einfach und schnell mit dem Bus nach Mahón zu fahren! In 1 Stunde waren wir da.

      Jetzt ging es schnell: erst einchecken im tollen Casa Ládico Hotel und dann gleich auf zur Hafenrundfahrt! Es war ein schön Ausflug rund um den größten Naturhafen im Mittelmehr (zweitgrößter der Welt nach Pearl Harbor). Wir sahen einige Bauten aus der Kolonialzeit und die Krankenhausinsel, die Quarantäneinsel und das Fort. Das Unterwasserleben überzeugte uns weniger: da hatten wir beim Schnorcheln schon mehr erlebt!

      Danach ausruhen im Hotel und dann am Abend ein sehr schönes Abendessen in einem Tapasrestaurant. Es war ein ganzes Stück zu laufen, aber lohnte sich sehr! Sehr hochwertige Tapas und richtig leckere Desserts. Außerdem sahen wir hier viele Bilder mit den blauen, dicken Frauen. Wir erfuhren, dass der Künstler Marc Jesus heißt und wollen jetzt mal nach Bildern hier in den Gallerien schauen.
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    • Day 222

      Mahón bay

      October 22, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Time to get some culture in old town ✨✨✨ back out of the natural bays to get access to enjoy Mahón. Anchored in a bay theoretically protected by 360 degrees in 6m depth of mostly mud while waiting for storm Bernard to pass through. Great to get access to a spectacular cove across the way.Read more

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