TO DO: cathedral, palace, and wifi

We decided to make the final leg of our around-the-world trip a transatlantic cruise – our first major cruise. The ship we chose, the Celebrity Equinox, had 5 ports of call along the way – all new places we’d never been to before.

We’ve taken time on our long trip to stay in each of our destinations for many days, but now – on the cruise – we’d have only a fraction of the day to see a city. Time and budget restrictions became a travel planning challenge! Since wifi on the ship would be slow, unreliable, and expensive, we did our internet research before we boarded. Our first stop at Palma De Mallorca would test our plan. We hoped it would work.

We woke up early, with a little “bump” as the ship settled in to its berth in the harbor. After breakfast, we walked off the ship and took an immediate wrong turn, following other passengers as they led us straight to their tour bus. Redirected, we soon found the sunny walkway along the harbor and headed for the Palma Cathedral, 45-minutes distant.

cruise stop in Palma De Mallorca

We entered the old historic city and stopped to enjoy shaded plazas with water features and contemporary sculpture.

The steps up to the cathedral and palace had water fountains at each landing.

The steps up to the cathedral and palace had water fountains at each landing.

The Gothic cathedral towers over the city. Construction lasted for hundreds of years and was completed in 1587. Work on old cathedrals rarely “finishes,” and Antoni Gaudi redesigned the altar area in the early 1900s, and, more recently, Miquel Barcelo fashioned a side chapel with the (rather strange) backdrop of a cave.

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Palacio Real De La Almudaina, across from the cathedral, was built earlier in an entirely different architectural style to be the Moorish palace for its Walis (governors). When the Moors knew defeat was inevitable, they opened the doors to the palace and let King Jaume I and his army enter in 1229. Ever since, it has been a summer palace for the Spanish royal family.

We stood on the palace terrace and admired its strategic setting in Palma De Mallorca.

We stood on the palace terrace and admired its strategic setting in Palma De Mallorca.

A last look back at the simple lines of the palace before we started walking back towards our cruise ship.

A last look back at the simple lines of the palace before we started walking back towards our cruise ship.

We had one more stop to make before returning to the ship: a café to sip a cold drink and use its wifi. Our path took us through the old city, looking for just the right place to stop. When did we realize we were some distance above the harbor on a road leading further away from where we wanted to go? Lost so soon! We pulled out a sketchy map, provided by the cruise ship, and decided to take the road leading the wrong way as we (rightly) guessed it would eventually intersect with a road leading back down to the harbor.

cruise stop in Palma De Mallorca

As soon as we turned up the road, we saw “Sense Titol” by Manolo Paz on a little plaza.

cruise stop in Palma De Mallorca

We crossed the canal before heading back to the walkway along the harbor. The clouds looked ominous.

Success! We stopped at Cappachino Grand Café, downloaded email and the daily newspaper on our iPad using Witopia, while we sipped our drinks. No sooner had we started the walk back to the ship than a few drops of rain came down. We picked up our pace. So far on our trip we’ve had very few days of rain. Could it really rain today? Yes, the rain came down and only let up a half-hour later – just as we approached the covered boarding area.

We enjoyed our day in Palma De Mallorca and realized that, while it wasn’t our usual style of slow traveling, we’d been able to really see the cathedral and castle, got a good amount of walking in, and even managed to download “The New York Times” to read that night. A good day!

 

October 2014

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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6 Responses to TO DO: cathedral, palace, and wifi

  1. I’m glad you did your own thing rather than go on the tour. It’s so much nicer to wander at your own pace.

  2. Catherine Essoyan says:

    Fun to follow your travels. Sounds like you are still finding special places to visit and enjoying each day. Big hug to you both! We are plotting places to go with you next time you are here : )

  3. So glad you followed your own path instead of the tour bus! What a wonderful day… hope you had an umbrella for that last 1/2 hour 😉

  4. Jerry says:

    Who are you and what have you done with Beth and Joe? Still struggling to picture Beth and Joe on Celebrity Equinox.

    Jerry

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