Paris, France and Mallorca, Spain
16.04.2011 - 26.06.2011
How time flies. My life in Europe has come to an end but it doesn’t mean that it is the end of my adventures. I’m sorry that I didn’t continue my blog, life has been crazy since April. But anyway, I want to talk about all the trips at least a little bit.
Semana Santa, Holy week—Paris and Mallorca
I took a bus from Oviedo to Paris on the 16th, which took me 18 hours. The morning of 17th, I finally arrived in The City of Light and I was ready to start this exciting vacation.
Arc of Triumph
Cruise on Lake Seine
Musuem of O’Orangiere
Bt Lake Seine
Catedral of Notre Dame
Musuem of Orsay
Oh, today we basically walked for 12hours, 5 hours in the Louvre, my feet were swollen by the end of the day. ☹
I like Paris, I like all the architecture but French are cold. Well, that’s what everyone says. I think the younger generation is open enough but the older generation is very typical French. The moment I left Paris, I thought i didn't like it very much. But after watching Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, I realized that I do like Paris, just not the modern one but the one of 1920's . The fashion at that time matches the city perfectly.
Leaving Paris I headed to Madrid, again by bus, to catch the flight to Mallorca.
Mallorca is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea, one of the Balearic Islands. The island was occupied by the Romans in 123 BC. The Mallorca of late April didn’t give us what we expected--sunshine, so what did we do? Chasing buses, trespass on an ancient Romain ruins, chasing peacock, running in the rain, happened to attend a mass on Easter, visited Chopin’s vacation house, took pictures without permission and staying up till 5am talking and all kinds of rebellious activities.
As soon as we got there, we realized that this island is very touristy and being here is just like being in England--most people on vacation here are from England. So it's hard to see American and Asian, but our vacation group has it both.
Bellevue Club—our apartment
This old town has a 14th century wall and there is also a small Roman theater. So in terms of this Roman theater, we basically trespassed on it. We ran into a very nice local and he told us where the theater is. The place was closed then he helped us climbed over the wall and get into the Roman theater. But we were kicked out by a staff once they found us.
Valdemossa—a village in Mallorca
In the 1830s the Spanish government confiscated monasteries, and the historic estate was sold to private owners, who have since hosted some prominent guests. These have included the Polish composer Frederic Chopin and the French writer and pioneering feminist George Sand, later the Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío, Jorge Luis Borges.
Palma de Mallorca
4/24 is Easter, and we decided to go in the city and see the cathedral. But too bad it was raining heavily and we had a hard time on finding transportation. Glad every time we made it to catch the last bus home. ☺
Cuava del Drach-Drach Cave (El Verdugo)
The reason that we decided to see the cave not only is that it is a famous tourist site, but also for Michelle and I is in honor of a movie that we learned in our Spanish Cinema class—El Verdugo. It was exciting to be in the cave and recognize the exact same scene where Jose Luis and his wife were at. We were not allowed to take pictures, but we managed to do it anyways. ☺
We also wandered around Porto Cristo and we happened to find a peacock so we followed him. When we decided to leave, he just opened up his feather as if trying to get our attention again! So we just continued following him and captured some great pictures.
Last night of my vacation or last night in Mallorca we went to a restaurant that has karaoke and we ordered Lovefool by The Cardigans as the end of our trip.