Personal Memories & Imprssions, Majorca Island
Cocas de Valldemossa are typical buns from that village. It is very soft and made with potatoes.
Here' s the recipe.
100 gr. lard.
200 gr. mashed potatoes.
200 gr. sugar.
3 big eggs.
50 gr. milk.
30 gr. yeast.
550 gr. flour.
45 gr. sunflower oil.
Mix all the ingredients until the dough is smooth and elastic; for about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm place till double (it can take several hours). Divide the dough into 15 to 18 pieces, Shape each piece into a ball and place in an oven tray leaving enough space between each other. Cover again with plastic wrap or a damp towel and set aside to rise again for at least a couple of hours. Preheat the oven to 170ºC and bake them for approximately 10 minutes. When cold, sprinkle them with powder sugar.
Pollenca is a town in the north.east of the island.
I can' t describe it, because I only saw the main attraction of that town; the Calvari and strolled through some streets. The Calvari is a stone stairway made of 365 steps. At the top of this flight of stairs there is a small chapel and a house joined together. While climbing these stairs you can see some nice houses and lots of plants and flowers.
Once I climbed the Calvari up and down. I went inside a beautiful shop (Rocaia) and spent a lot of time there. This is one of the reason why I didn' t explore much Pollenca.
The journey from Palma to Pollenca took around 45 minutes by bus.
Favorite thing: In case you were worried, there were absolutely no mosquitos or jellyfish for the whole duration of our stay -end of August and first week of September. Which added to the pleasant experience of our trip.
We just returned from Mallorca and hadn''t encountered any 'gypsies selling flowers who than rob you', or any hassle from vendors. People were very friendly and nice, and if you keep your belongings in your sight like you would anywhere else in the world, Mallorca is really safe.
A lot of locals speak English and German, and are always very happy if you make an effort speaking Spanish to them.
Fondest memory: Mallorca was a very relaxing and safe place to be: sunshine, one of the best beaches on the island (Cala Millor), very friendly people, always possible to find something to do.
Favorite thing: We were clearly not the only ones taking a stroll... this donkey walked freely around.. A few of his companions we found a bit down the road. Nicely knibbling some grass here and there. This one probably was just a little more adventurous
One of the oddities of a holiday island like Majorca is the fact that in the bigger resorts little ethnic enclaves have developed to service the tastes of each of the visitor countries tourists.
For example in Playa de Palma, we found a good range of very German bars, often with German staff serving German Beer to German people. We also found a Dutch enclave, a Belgian one and a smaller French one with real crossiants on sale. You will also find a sprinkling of Scandanavian bars.
Fondest memory: It was of course the Brits who managed to let the tone down the most with the 'Queen Victoria' Pub next to an authentic looking lock-up garage for Del Trotter, painted bright yellow with the slogan "Trotters independant Traders - Paris. London. New York. Peckham & Palma.
We met this "little tiger" near the beach of Sa Coma; it's sooo cute, isn't it!?! Wished I could have taken it home with me! :-)
During your vacation on Mallorca you'll realise that there are quite a lot of homeless cats. To my horror I was told that in winter, when it's getting cold, most tourists are gone and thus there's noone any more to bring them food and thus they go into the residential areas, they are often killed by the residents! :-( It's a unbelievable, isn't it??
My favourite thing was walking alone in the hills.
Fondest memory: My Fondest Memory was visiting where Chopin and George Sand lived.
Chopin also lived near me in Edinburgh for a short time.
I enjoy his music !
Favorite thing: When you are all traveling it is easy to recognise each other and make contact... It was a very curious donkey. And it was so much fun to watch ... everybody had a good laugh