Gwen found some interesting hiking routes from Port de Pollença.
As a (now) experienced hiker here's my top tips. Never carry water - even in hot, dry climates. Always wear appropriate footwear - flip-flops or open toe sandals are ideal. Don't bother with a map - it inhibits your free roaming spirit. And if in doubt - follow the folk in front. They probably know where they're going.
Thursday, 12 September 2019
about to enjoy a lunch of Pa amd Oli (bread & oil) a common Mallorcan dish.
Crusty bread with olive oil, garlic & tomato topped (in this case)
with cured meats. |
|The local market had a good selection of fruit & veg.|
|We bought some and I made my "Spanish breakfast" - fried potatoes, peppers, egg and chorizo.|
|To us from the chilly north the fruit in the villa's garden - grapes and pomegranates - feels exotic.|
|So much wine, so little time!|
|Near our villa were these fast food vending machines. It doesn't seem necessary in a place where you an order dinner at 10pm.|
|The doner kebab sandwich would go down well in Glasgow|
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Pollença is a great town to to stroll around. It has plenty of winding streets and old buildings.
|The town centre|
|Tourists in 1912|
|Shall we tackle the steps?…|
|….it's at little warm (97F)|
|Pure Spain. A hairpin bend with no barrier. I guess the cross is to those who didn't make it.|
|Roman Bridge (maybe not actually Roman, no one knows)|
|Even this derelict carpet factory looks picturesque|
Monday, 9 September 2019
Last week we spent a very pleasant week in the Spanish island of Mallorca. We had a villa outside the town of Pollença in the north of the island. This is a beautiful little place with lots of nice bars and restaurants. It's a popular tourist destination but retains its Spanish charm.
|Gwen has a talent for getting good deals. This villa was fantastic. In the countryside but an easy walk into town.|
|Gwen loved the pool|
|Even I got in on the action!|
|A landmark in the town are these stair to a hilltop church|
|Our favourite bar in town. "Ca'n Moixet" = "the House of the Kitten" in Catalan. We had a drink and some tapas here most evenings.|
|Port de Pollença is a short bus journey away.|
Thursday, 29 August 2019
Last Sunday I went to a classic vehicle show in Ladybank, Fife with my friend Malcolm. He has a Cyclemaster which he is trying to get working so took interest in one on display.
The Cyclemaster was a power rear wheel that was fitted to a bicycle to provide (very) basic transport. It was a Dutch/German design that was manufactured in the UK by EMI, the music & entertainment company. Produced 1950-58.
|This is taking things way too far!|
This video makes it all look quite fun
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
We are enduring a spell of unsettled weather but it brightened up today allowing me to go for a run to the Rhins of Galloway - a peninsular in the south west corner of the country.
|Fluffy clouds over the sea (Loch Ryan) at Stranraer|
|A new road for me - along the west coast|
|I met a couple of guys on matching BSA A65s|
|Kirkmaiden Old Church (1638)|
|A family plot…..|
|….with a good view|
|Another old church, Kilmadrine|
|It contains something interesting and very old. The Kilmadrine Stones date from the 5th or 6th century to the 12th century. The Latin inscriptions are quite clear.|
|Old gravestone. The compass and square (bottom) is a masonic symbol.|
|Glen Trool on the way home|