La Palma, Majorca

image The Norwegian Epic arrived in La Palma on the Spanish isle of Majorca at one p.m.  Based on what we’d seen in the brochures … and what we’d heard on board (it’s just beaches, someone said) … I planned to enjoy a day on board and skip the tours.   However, from our balcony, I could see the massive Cathedral de Majorca across the bay and was intrigued.  Muri and Ron decided to stay on board, so Kerry and I set off on our own.  We found a hop-on-hop-off bus that toured the entire city and allowed us to get off at the cathedral.   Although the day was warm and slightly humid, riding on the open top provided a cooling breeze for the tour. La Palma is a lovely seaside city that mixes modern luxury hotels and picturesque streets lined with lovely residences and stylish shops.  Ancient walls and structures blend beautifully with more modern buildings surrounded along streets lined with parks and gardens.

The cathedral by the renowned Spanish architect, Gaudi, is perhaps the most beautiful I have ever seen, both inside and out … which is saying something given that a few days ago, I was standing in St. Peter’s Basilica.  Fortunately, I took my photos with my phone today, so while they may not be of the quality I’d get with my camera, I can share a few of them with you.

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After touring the cathedral, we hopped back on a bus (waiting for one where we could ride on top) and continue our tour.  To our surprise, it included a ride to the Castillo de Bellver, a 17th century castle located at the top of a wooded hill to the west of La Palma.   The hill also provided a beautiful view of the city and our ship in the harbor below.  We returned to our ship three hours later.
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Tonight, we have an early dinner then a show in HIghlighters, the Epic’s comedy club.  The act is called Howl at the Moon and it is a rock and roll duelling pianos act that Ron and Kerry tell us is very entertaining.  I’ll let you know.  And when we wake in the morning we’ll be in Barcelona.

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One Comment on “La Palma, Majorca”

  1. sharon towns Says:

    Wow, the architecture is amazing!


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