Following on from yesterday, here is a round up of the second half of our weeks trip to Puerto Pollensa.
On Wednesday we split up into the girls and the boys! Us girls were up early to wander around Puerto Pollensa Market, which was held in the old square every Wednesday morning.
The boys, up early too, caught a bus back to Pollensa to climb up Puig de Maria (the big hill in the photo)
The market was great, full of fresh fruit, leather goods, pottery, flowers etc. We got what we needed and took it back to our apartment, after a detour to the bakery too, as there were no bakery stalls. We then headed back to the square for breakfast - coffee and cake and a spot of people watching.
Whilst the boys climbed to the top of Puig de Maria.
Think I opted for the easier choice of activity!!
Treated myself to this little bowl, couldn't resist.
Sophie and I then went for a dip in the sea.....
...as did the boys on their return and....
......we then spent the afternoon by the pool.
We met up with a friend, who now lives in Majorca, for a meal that evening. He used to teach Maths with Jeff when we were at Wells Cathedral School, 14 yrs ago! They picked up where they had left off and we had a great evening - will probably see them more now, once a year at least, than when they were still living in England.
Too many early mornings for some, so Jeff and I headed off on our own, catching the local bus to Formentor. It was worth going to, for the bus trip alone, such fantastic views.
And the beach was as we remembered, beautiful but very busy. We got there early enough to find a quiet spot down at the end, away from the crowds.
The sea there is the most crystal clear and so lovely to swim in.
We got a reasonably early bus back, as 3 boat loads of people were arriving.
And then spent the afternoon in the pool.
That evening we ate pizza, at the Little Italy Pizzeria on the seafront. It gets super busy, so we booked earlier to ensure we got a table. There is a huge choice of restaurants along the seafront and around the town square - too many to choose from over the course of just one week.
And as always we walked, so we could justify having a gelato later!
Friday, last full day and a quiet day in Puerto Pollensa. It's funny how you slot into a routine, no matter where you are. Every morning I got up early, showered and walked to the bakery....
.....selected pastries for breakfast and bread for lunch, then headed down to the seafront, always so still, peaceful and calm before heading home to make breakfast for everyone.
This particular morning, Jeff went out on a run then.....
.... met me for a coffee and a spot of people watching, before going back.....
... to make breakfast.
After lunch we all headed to the sea for a swim, then back to the pool. I was determined to finish at least one book, had read hardly any this holiday as we've been out and about more, rather than just sat by the pool, bagsying our sunbed, as on previous holidays.
We decided to eat out in the square for our final evening.
It was little warmer without the sea breeze but just as interesting
and the food was great, possibly the best we'd had all week.
We even got to see the Lunar Eclipse or Blood Moon, once the cloud had cleared. It was very faint but red in colour and the bright light below was Mars.
Our last morning in Puerto Pollensa, bakery run and walk along the seafront as normal, followed by breakfast at our apartment, ready to leave by 10am.
We had a 3 hour wait for our transfer to the airport, so we found a shady bench to bide our time. I actually read the most, sat on that bench, than I had done the whole week. There was a lovely breeze, so manageable for Sam. We then had an early lunch before our pick up and airport run.
I love airports. I love the busyness of them, people watching there is the best, although everything felt a little rushed for some reason.
I did manage to turf Sam out from the window seat spot, so enjoyed the views for the first time in years. Sophie and I think this was Magaluf below, due to the proximity of a water park we could make out.
Before you knew it, we were back over England's dry and rather brown/parched land. You could certainly see the results of the recent heatwave.
WE had the best holiday, spending some quality time together as a family. Don't get me wrong it wasn't all sweetness and roses, I think Sam wished he were at home on many occasions, missing his friends, would have happily 'endured' just a few days en famille, rather than a whole week! I wonder how many more family holidays there will be. Will Sophie come on holiday with us next year if away at university?? The first thing I do on my return, is start investigating where to go next year. I'm going to book as if it's the four of us but sort flights out nearer the time, you never know it could just be Jeff and I!!