Today was our last day in Spain, we are in Palma de Mallorca. Prior to getting onboard the ship I hadn’t booked us any tours but at the last minute we booked a city sights tour. Most of it was by bus but we did have a little bit of time at each stop to explore. The fact that there was a stop at a bullring is what had Mike sold.
It really didn’t take us more than a few minutes on the bus to realize that we might have made a mistake with the tour as our guide was a nut!! He looked and acted like Colombo (an unlovable Colombo is how Mike described him) His accent was really thick making it hard to understand (think Ricky Ricardo) but what was worse was his screeching. For some reason he enjoyed speaking in a falsetto voice, extremely loud – over a microphone. I had a headache almost immediately. I’m blaming Mike for this fiasco as he’s the one who wanted to do this tour!
The bullring was first, however we had to go through a pearl store before they let us into the bullring. They really do have quite a racket going getting tourists in their stores. I wasn’t too upset though because they had very nice bathroom (that I could figure out the door to) which came in handy since I had neglected to go before we left the ship.
I would have to say that the bullring was one of my favorite stops. Unfortunately there were no handrails and I had to crab walk to the top, reminiscent of our pyramid climb earlier this year, and I scooted down on in my hinder. Mike has video but won’t be sharing it under penalty of death
We did go up to the very top in the towers (at least Mike did – he said I shouldn’t go up as I’d probably have a stroke the railings were so low) even though I don’t know if we were suppose to. All the other towers were blocked off and we were the only ones up there. The upper levels (right before the towers) were quite high and made me a wee bit uncomfortable but I did stand by a railing and paste on a smile for a picture. Due to our exploring we never made it to the center of the bullring. We were suppose to be on the bus at 1025, which we were. However, someone from our party decided to extend their stay so all of us sat in the bus for another 20 minutes while they were hunted down. Made me a tad crabby as I know Mike would have liked to stand in the ring but out of consideration to others we didn’t. Some people!!!
After the bullring we stopped by a castle which was pretty neat but we didn’t go in. We ditched our group as quickly as we could and spent most of our free time looking for a red bull as a souvenir and eating gelato. The area was very pretty but given our time constrain we didn’t get to see a lot.
On the way back I noticed a pay per use toilet right by our bus. Not a bad idea since there were no retail stores nearby. No, I didn’t use it!
We waited to eat until we got back to the ship because the main dining room was open, usually one of our favorite places to eat. Unfortunately, it was 1:30 which meant I was REALLY hungry. I was also headachy from that tour guide, tired and a little hormonal – all of which is not a good combination and a terrible time to make me mad. Unfortunately the cruise line decided to serve their crummy buffet in the dining room and not let us order ala carte. I really dislike their buffet and made a couple of snarky comments while in line. Fortunately for everyone in the general vicinity, after 25 years of being married to me Mike recognizes the signs of an impending full scale eruption and knows if he doesn’t do something quickly, it will probably end badly for him. After we sat down at our table with full plates of (crummy) food he says “get up, get up now! We are getting out of here and finding you some decent food!” Does this guy know me or what? We ended up splurging on a specialty restaurant called Giovanni’s on the ship. Best. Decision. Ever!
The food was amazing and the atmosphere was incredibly relaxing. It was really just the thing I need to improve my mood. Overall, probably my top meal of the vacation. All because I was in the verge of a meltdown
After Giovanni’s we went back to the room and took a siesta (hey – when in Spain…..) until it was time to get ready for dinner. It was formal night which we always enjoy, although I really didn’t eat a lot since I was still full from lunch.
Tomorrow we will be in France – can’t wait!