Well first off, Happy International Women's Day! International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. We run the world right?? ;)
Continuing my travel serices today I'll be sharing our journey in Palma de Mallorca, Spain! Palma is a beautiful island located just South of Barcelona. I really enjoyed exploring this adorable island. Complete with beautiful castles and high end shops this island city made for a perfect day!
In my last blog I shared with you about our full day exploring Barcelona, Spain. On July 12th, Sunday, my mom and I woke up in Barcelona and boarded the Allure of the Seas on Royal Carribbean! My mother has cruised before so she was a pro at getting us on the ship. We had our passports ready, our luggage ready to go, and we arrived at the ship fairly early so that we could be boarded in a timely manner with very little wait time. Once on the ship we were able to check into our room and explore the ship. I'll be honest, at first crusing made me very nervous! You see how massive the boat is and you wonder how this could possible hold so much weight and float and travel as fast as they do? It really blows your mind. It took me a day to get used to being on the water, I didn't get sea sick but I definitely felt the boat rocking the first night!
We cruised all night and we woke up the next day in Palma de Mallorca, Spain! I don't think there is a cooler experience than going to sleep in Barcelona and waking up in a whole different location. Best way to travel, I think!
Can you tell we are tired? But we didn't care, the adrenaline of seeing new places and exploring new things kept us going the entire trip.
We chose to explore Palma on our own. We took a quick bus ride from the port into town and walked everywhere else from there. We really had no idea where we were going, we just walked around! I had a handy dandy map that kept us from getting too lost but we really just mostly enjoyed exploring. We stumbled upon their version of a farmer's market, cute little tent set-ups with handmade products and trinkets, this was located in Plaza Mayor (Plaça Major in Catalan). A great place to visit if you ever find yourself in Palma.
We then scurried down a little hidden street and found a bakery with the most delicious macaroons.
Mom DID know that she wanted to leave with some Mallorcan pearls. So we made sure to stop by a reputable shop to check out the goods!
El Born is famous for its cafes and restaurants, as well as some of the most luxurious shopping in Palma. I made a handbag investment in Palma that day, I took the plunge and spluged on myself!
Located just below Palau de la Almudaina, the wide arch dates from the Arab period in the 12th century. It was the entrance into the docks that once linked the palace to the sea. Nowadays, the sea is a little further away and instead they have a pond. How precious were the sweet swans we saw there? It was a little swan family! So precious!
We also explored the outskirts of the Cathedral of Mallorca! Such a beautiful and quaint city.
We really enjoyed this beautiful island town! I can't wait to share our trip to Aix-en-Provence in France on my next blog post in the travel series!
Stephanie Grace Harvey