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Day Seven: Palma de Mallorca

Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2009

Dave!With only one day to see the city, I had made a checklist of all the stuff I wanted to visit in Palma. Most of the places were churches... starting with the main cathedral which had closed before I could visit yesterday. To see everything on my list was going to be quite a challenge, made even more difficult because torrential rains were forecast in the afternoon. I'm not bothered by rain, but it does make taking photos more difficult.

Nothing opens until 10:00, so I left my hotel at 9:00 in order to make my way into the city and have time for breakfast. McDonalds here wasn't open and doesn't serve breakfast, so I walked around the corner for pastry and a Coke. Then I was off to the cathedral...

Palma Cathedral

The interior was glorious, as expected, even though the primary altar was undergoing repairs...

Inside the Palma Cathedral

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Inside the Palma Cathedral

Inside the Palma Cathedral

Across the street is an art museum which had an exhibit of highly-detailed dioramas, like this one showing the birth of Jesus in the upper left...

Birth of Jesus Diorama

But it's the lower right corner which was the most interesting part. Apparently, just outside the manger, there was a drunk guy and his bad monkey present for the birth of Christ. You learn something new every day...

Drunk guy and his Bad Monkey!

From there I wandered around Palma Central, visiting five additional churches. Each was unique and interesting in their own right, even though the basic idea was the same. One church had live organ music. Another had a tour guide. Still another had a bunch of nuns chanting in prayer. All of them had impressive altars...

Extravagant Altar

The Madonna and Child is one of my most favorite subjects in art (my own Davetoon version is here). In one of the churches I visited, I found a statue which has to be one of the most beautiful renditions I've ever seen. Mary's face is so life-like that I kept expecting her to breathe...

Madonna and Child Statue

I eventually worked my way West, hitting such tourist sites as Las Ramblas before the rain came pouring down. After waiting out the flood in my hotel room, I headed back out for a late lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and to find the final item on my checklist: the Forn des Teatre building, which is kind of famous. I wandered around for an hour, and eventually gave up. Tired of walking, I decided to take a taxi back to my hotel. As an afterthought, I showed my driver a photo of Forn des Teatre and asked if he could take me to it on the way back.

Turns out it was exactly one block down the street from the cafe where I ate breakfast...

Forn des Teatre

After another round of tapas for dinner, I took one last look at the cathedral from the marina...

Looking towards the Palma Cathedral at night

And thus ends my day in beautiful Palma de Mallorca.


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Comments

  1. Justin Scott says:

    OMG how beautiful! I hope I can get to some place like that in the near future. Wonderful shots. Fun angles.

  2. Tug says:

    Wow. Absolutely stunning…I can’t imagine the feeling in one of those cathedrals.

    I travel vicariously through you, so the photos are awesome, as well as the detail you go into.

  3. jesus, mary and joseph, these are PHENOMENAL photos. thanks, dave.

    and a bad monkey was there with baby jesus! how wonderful!!

  4. Hilly says:

    Those pictures are beautiful, Davey-Joe. Thank you so much for sharing them. :)

  5. DutchBitch says:

    Well, the part about the monkey is in the bible… Right? Or so I’ve heard… sorta…

  6. Dave2 says:

    Yes, but not in that pesky King James version… you have to look in the King Dave version…

  7. Sybil Law says:

    You love making me jealous, don’t you?!
    Beautiful!

  8. yellojkt says:

    As always, gorgeous pictures that make me want to go there.

  9. You’re the most incredible man(-blogger) on earth. Your photos are breath-taking, and your captions are just delightful. But um… I find your choice of diet is… um… disturbing. You do eat fruits and vegetables sometimes, right?

  10. kilax says:

    The cathedral is just AMAZING! The stained glass is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing these photos ;)

  11. Wow, I had no idea that place was so awesome.

  12. The best place in Mallorca for a guided tour.

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