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S2 Leg 10 - Palma Mallorca, Balerics

Our third Baleric island is pronounced Myorca as the double L's are pronounced as a Y in Spain. We arrived in the capital city Palma at the beginning of June after an eleven hour sail from Ibiza.

Check out the massive Santa Maria cathedral in our back yard. A Gothic landmark begun in the 13th century.

As we arrived we noticed another FP catamaran flying the Canadian flag - she showed up as Hang Time on the char plotter. Shortly after we had anchored, Teazy, the skipper pops over and it turns out that their boat is also registered in Halifax. What are the odds. Turns out she is from Antigonish. Teasy and Brad (from Ontario) are currently living in Hawaii.

This is the largest cathedral in this part of the world. Built by the Crown of Aragón on the site of a Moorish-era mosque, the cathedral is 121 metres long, 40 metres wide and its nave is 44 metres tall. By way of comparison, the height of the central nave reaches 33m in Notre Dame de Paris

Designed in the Catalan Gothic style but with Northern European influences, it was begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 but only finished in 1601.

As we exit the tour of the church, a Canadian made water bomber was buzzing the area - right behind where 45North and Hang Time were anchored.

Yummy noodle & beef soup.

Appropriate retired teacher photo op.

Later in the week we took the 100+ year old wooden train to Sollier (pronounced Soyier).

Crossed through a mountain tunnel that was built to put in the train tracks to connect the North to South side of Palma.

We stopped just above the town of Sollier to let the returning train pass.

Town of Sollier

We then took the wooden trolly from the town to the Port of Sollier.

Amazing sheltered anchorage.

She is tall.

Huge old olive trees.

Back in Palma for the last days, we managed to bike up to tour the castle. Spectacular views.

Bellver Castle(Catalan: Castell de Bellver) is a Gothic-style castle on a hill 3 km to the west of the center of Palma on the Island of Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. It was built in the 14th century for King James II of Majorca, and is one of the few circular castles in Europe. First serving as the residence of the Kings of Majorca, and afterward long used as a military prison throughout the 18th to mid-20th century

The castle's plan, a circular floor with round towers attached to it, seems to have been inspired by the upper complex of the Herodion, a 15 BCE hilltop palace in the West Bank, that was also circular and had a large principal tower and three minor towers as well.

Great views.

Last night in Palma. Out for drinks with Teazy and later joined by her husband Brad. Jon from Let Go Let's Go also was coerced to join us. Bar Abaco is the top rated club on the island. Seventeen euro drinks were great.

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