Hello! Where to begin? Well I have been home for one week now, and boy does it feel good! Sorry for the silence for the past few weeks. After Switzerland, Mom, Dad, and Sara flew home, and I took a short flight back to Madrid where Jay had flown in from Seattle. From Madrid, we took a train to Valencia where we spent a day, then finally flew to Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands. Mallorca is the island where Sally and I visited and explored the town of Palma. Jay and I actually stayed on the north side of the island, so it was fun to see a completely different coast. After spending a few days in Mallorca, we took a ferry to the smallest Balearic island of Menorca. Menorca was definitely our favorite of the two- it is small, quiet, and beautiful- can’t beat it! Below are a few pictures from our time on the islands.
The obligatory picture in front of the Cathedral in Valencia!
We also had to eat Valencian paella, of course.
We visited La Lonja in Valencia, which was the remaining attraction on my Valencia “to do” list. La Lonja was built between 1482 and 1548 and functioned as a silk exchange for many centuries.
Moving on to Mallorca. Below is the entrance to our resort where we stayed for 3 days. Although the pools were very nice, we spent most of our time at the nearby Pollencia Beach.
When we were in Mexico a few years ago, we found one of those Wibbit obstacle courses on the water and Jay loved it, so when we saw one in Mallorca, we had to do it! So much fun.
We finished off our trip by staying on the south side of beautiful Menorca. In Mallorca we were able to take the bus everywhere since it ran quite frequently, but on Menorca the public transportation is really limited. So we took matters into our own hands and rented a moped! With the moped we were able to ride all over the island and explore many different beaches and small towns.
Menorca is filled with beaches that are only accessible by boat or foot, so we did quite a bit of walking! To get to this beach, we walked 45 minutes each way, but the clear blue water waiting for us was so worth it! We also rented a kayak one day and paddled to some nearby beaches and even into caves!