Regent Seven Seas Voyager: Day Six Palma de Mallorca, Spain
PHOTO: The majestic "Cathedral of Light(s)" in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (c) Sery Kim
Of all the castles and cathedrals we have thus far seen in Spain, our sixth day in Palma de Mallorca definitely had the best of the bests. First, we went high into the hills for the Castle of Mallorca, which is only the second circular castle in all of Spain. Standing in its presence, on a steep inclined hill at the top of Mallorca, it's incredulous to consider how the people of Spain built it hundreds of years ago.
PHOTO: A panoramic photo I took on my iphone (c) Sery Kim
After the quick castle tour, we went down to the "Cathedral of Light(s)" in Mallorca. Much like the castle, the cathedral is an absolute astonishment, a true architectural feat. Like so many cathedrals we tourists visit, this one was also inspired and designed by Anthony Gaudi, the legendary Spanish architect who is world reknown for his work on the never-ending construction which is the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The Mallorca cathedral, in my humble opinion, is much more beautiful than the one in Barcelona simply because of its soaring interior design, highlighted by the smallest cylinder columns -- barely 4.5 feet across; interesting modern art; and of course the massive amount of lighting which makes the cathedral literally shine.
PHOTO: The exterior of the cathedral in Mallorca (c) Sery Kim
PHOTO: The interior flooded with light (c) Sery Kim
PHOTO: A beautiful scenery of art (c) Sery Kim
I think the cathedral alone is worth visiting Mallorca for but the popular beach/port town is famous for its waters. Of course, because I forgot to pack my swimsuit -- who goes to Europe in the summer without packing a swimming suit?? ME!! -- I didn't hit any of the beaches. Instead, I wandered around the winding and small streets of the main shopping district in Mallorca to check out the fun finds.
PHOTO: Rose Sangria (c) Sery Kim
One of the shops I spend the most time in was CAN Gourmet, a shop filled with delightful goodies all made in Spain. I bought a Rose Sangria from LOLEA because who doesn't love an adorable wine bottle; however, I was sorely tempted by Mallorca's famous blue gin. Unfortunately, with a suitcase already bulging with items purchased on this trip, there was no way I could get a bottle of blue gin back home.
Oh well. Guess this means I will have to come back to Mallorca!!
PHOTO: Blue gin at CAN Gourmet (c) Sery Kim
Overall, it was again a nice half-day in a beautiful city in Spain, a huge improvement from Alicante. And, again, like I did on Day Five, I couldn't wait to get onboard to get lunch and relax. I really do feel very calm being onboard ... such a great trip so far! Can't believe I only have 36 more hours onboard!