I love midday flights. There, I said it! I know we should want the amazing 5am flights so we can jump straight into our first day, but I’m way less stressed being able to get up at a reasonable time and be well slept. So after waking up and finishing the packing, my boyfriend and I chucked our bag in Mum’s taxi and were off.
In fact, this morning went so well we were at the airport, checked in, bags dropped and through security in half an hour. I think that’s some kind of personal best! With an epic amount of time before boarding, we perused the shopping centre that is Heathrow Terminal 5, looking at things we really couldn’t afford.
As the plane taxied out in the drizzling rain, I was really looking forward to landing in Palma. I don’t love flying, but the whole morning went so smoothly and the captain was so informative on the flight that I was the epitome of relaxation. The only bug bear was the annoying woman in front of me who decided to test out just how far her chair could recline. Breathe Becky, it’s only a 2 hour flight.
Anyone who has been to Palma airport will know just how big it is, and so after an epic trek to collect our bag, then another epic trek to find a taxi we had a mere 15 minute drive to our hotel. Someone has been smiling down on me today, because everything went so smoothly!
After a bit of a chill out, we circled everything on the map we want to do, and set off exploring. We just wanted to get an idea of where everything is as it was getting quite late by this point. I already love the city, and as we walked to the cathedral we stumbled upon an art exhibition/installation. I won’t pretend to understand the art, even after reading the information, but the building itself was absolutely stunning!
By the time we eventually got to the cathedral, we were pretty tired and getting quite peckish. That could mean only one thing – find somewhere for dinner! This is definitely the difference from our normal city breaks, as we never really eat out, always opting for the cheaper option of take out. This evening however, we found ourselves in a lovely restaurant looking out over the harbour. While the location is lovely, the food was overpriced and very average, and the service was poor. I felt very unwelcome and despite it not being busy we waited ages to even order.
Never mind! Back to the hotel with ice creams in tow which made the whole thing more than ok, and we’re getting ourselves tucked in ready for a big tourist day tomorrow. Probably the first time I’ve looked forward to waking up on a Monday in ages! Can’t wait to tackle the markets and hunt out some churches!
You can read the next Palma instalment here.