We had arranged for a Hailo cab, which is much like Uber, for 6:30AM. We received the notification right at 6:30AM that he was waiting outside our apartment and he was. We all got in the cab and arrived at the airport in plenty of time to get our flight to Mallorca. The flight was only about 45 minutes and we arrived to a beautiful day. We rented a car and drove out to the lighthouse located on the northeast side of the island. We stopped in a cute little town on the way and picked up some sandwiches, cava, cups and an ice chest and ate our sandwiches in the car on the way.
The drive was scarey at times, but Kevin was wonderful. Both of my children navigated during the day and did a great job. It was really nice to just sit back, relax and let them handle all the details. The traveling we had done years ago together has really paid off, as they are both great travelers and know how to use the systems and their devices. We had to pass numerous bicyclists along the way and it was hairraising to pass them. We wondered if they were training for the Tour de France, but then found out that Mallorca is a bicyclists’ paradise as much of the island is flat. This area was very much like the area of Provence that they cycle through during the Tour de France, so there were probably many there training.
This area is very rocky and it was apparent that rock slides were the norm, but they were certainly ready for the tourists, as there was someone at our destination to direct traffic and tell us when there was a parking space open. Many parked on the side of the road and quite a few turned their cars around when they saw the line of traffic. It was worth the short wait for us, though. The drive there was beautiful and the vantage point was wonderful at the top. After a nice visit where Shannon petted one of the goats, we drove on back down the mountain and I found out they had planned a trip to some caves. We think we went to the wrong one because the consensus was once you have seen one good cave, you have seen them all. The stalagtites and stalagmites were wonderful, though, and the lighting was typical of what you see in the US. There was a short movie about creation and a light show at the end when a fella paddled in on a boat that was lit up and then paddled back out again. I think everyone was shrugging their shoulders about that one.
At any rate we decided it was time to hit the beach, so we agreed it was best to go to one close to the airport. The drive was very interesting. We saw quite a few windmills, olive trees, corn and quite a bit of agriculture along the way. We also drove through several beach towns and tourist areas. We drove about 30-45 minutes and stopped at a very nice beach, got our suits on in the bathroom and headed out to the water. The water was much warmer than at Barceloneta Beach, but it was still a little cold for me. The water was very clear and there were some waves that Shannon enjoyed. We finally left about 7:15PM and headed back to the airport where we turned in our car. We picked up some pasta and salad at the airport and ate it at the gate. The flight again took about 45 minutes and we ordered another Hailo cab when we arrived. It was a little confusing about where he was to pick us up, but we finally found him and he took us back to the apartment in record time. We thought about our nightly walks through the city and how the drivers were good to allow pedestrians the cross the street. We were always careful about going with our green light and it became apparent why that was important. If a pedestrian accidentally stepped out in traffic, it was moving so fast that they would be dead in an instant. This was a good lesson to think about when crossing the street on a red light.. It is past Midnight now and we have all decided we will be sleeping in tomorrow.