Friday, October 20, 2017


My nephew Steve Richer and his wife Karen flew in from Edinburgh and joined us for lunch along with Philippe and Kathy Auzas from Paris.  We dined at Restaurant Es Canyis with a beautiful view of the bay of Port Soller. Philippe and I and would begin our cycling tour in the following week. I'll blog about my cycling adventure as well as the amazing cuisine of Mallorcan restaurants in the weeks ahead.

The Richer's and the Gentry's hopped on a bus to explore some nearby towns. The little village of  Deia is a beautiful place to walk around. It would have remained a quiet little place had British novelist and poet, Robert Graves, not moved here in 1932. Today it is a millionaire's hideaway with many wealthy foreigners owning houses here. It may seem very sleepy but there are two Michelin starred restaurants in town. The in place to stay here is Belmond La Residencia, once owned by Richard Branson.

The day we visited was very pleasant and quiet.

We climbed to the top of the village to visit the parish church of San Juan Bautista. This is where Robert Graves is buried. Sitting in the church to listen to taped music of chanting, we both felt this was one of the most peaceful places we have visited in a long while.

Deia is all ups and downs.  

Steve found a really cute natural food restaurant for a great lunch under the shade of their awning.

We loved having Steve and Karen with us for three nights. To celebrate our last night dinner we walked to Ran De Mar in Port Soller.

We arrived very early to see the sunset.

The vintage tram passed by on its way to Soller. 

Steve took a picture of Marla's starter.

What a fabulous evening! We loved the local rose Cava and the superb cuisine with wonderful entertainment provided by the sunset.

A DJ spinning chill dinner music made Ran De Mar a favorite of our stay in Port Soller. 

One evening we heard rock music so we ventured over to the harbor. There were a few mega yachts birthed there with all their lights on. A rock band was playing "covers" and yes, food trucks and a bar. It was really fun! To see the really huge yachts one must visit the harbor in Palma. That harbor is full of uber-luxury ships and is much larger than Monaco or Antibes.

After we said "goodbye" to Steve and Karen, they finished their trip on the water outside of Palma.

 We picked up a number of treats for our meals at the Thursday farmer's market. 

A great view of Port Soller.

Walking over the hill we had a fabulous panoramic view of the ocean and the luxurious Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa on the cliffs on the right. The hotel has been named one of the best hotels and spas in the world.

We wanted to spend the whole day at the beach on our last day in Port Soller. I can tell Marla is happy and relaxed after a pretty stressful year. 

 Tomorrow it is on to Palma and the beginning of my bike tour. 

Images: Dick Gentry (Do not use without permission.)

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