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Transatlantic 2022 — Palma de Mallorca; Heading to Valldemossa


Royal Palace (left) Palma Cathedral (right)

It’s approaching noon on 12 May and we’re heading back to the tour bus. To get to the bus we once again pass the Royal Palace and the gardens (see below). Our next destination awaits, and it’s a bit of a drive. We’re about to head north for an hour-long journey.

Royal Palace of Almudaina

Our next stop is the enchanting mountain village of Valldemossa. Actually, the word enchanting doesn’t really do this place justice. You’ll find photo-worthy scenes at every corner, and many more between those different street corners.

Valldemossa tour map

For a better description I refer you to this Wikipedia article on Valldemossa, which states, “Since the 19th century Valldemossa has been promoted internationally as a place of outstanding beauty, largely as a result of the affection of distinguished traveller and cultural writer, the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator. Valldemossa is a very attractive tourist destination, as it shows early Spanish culture. There are many shops and restaurants to indulge in Spanish culture.

Valldemossa, Mallorca Island, Spain

After a brief stint with our tour guide, our group was released with instructions to return to the bus at a specified time. So, when I tell you that today I’m going to give you a taste of Valldemossa, I do mean taste. Let’s start with a promising looking panadería (bakery) and repostería (pastry) shop on Via Blanquerna near the corner at Plaça Ramon Llull. Here we’ll try a popular local dish similar to pizza.

Ca’n Cerdà Pastisseria

The dish is called coca de trampó, and it’s simply delish. It’s a bed of delectable vegies sitting atop a thin crust:

Coca de trampó

Did I mention that this establishment is also a bakery and pastry shop? This thing may look like a doughnut, and taste similar to one, but you’ll never believe what the base ingredient of coca de patata is:

Coca de patata con chocolate (potato flour roll with chocolate)

So Ursula and I loaded up with:

It was so good that we returned for another helping. Meanwhile, let’s go hit the streets:

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Palomas, Mexico; The Art of The Pink Store


You’ll recall that this series on The Pink Store will also feature some recent El Paso sunset and desert flowers. The above photo gets one of those two out of the way for today. I’ll feature later today a photo of a cactus in our front yard that blooms but once a year, and 25 April was this year’s date. But for now we’re looking at The Pink Store, and today’s focus will be on works of art you can find there. For instance, the photo below contains a carved wooden niche with a colorful depiction of Saint Michael the Archangel. We have a similar work hanging in a guest bath in our home.

Saint Michael the Archangel

Much of the wooden art in The The Pink Store has religious overtones, but the inherent beauty of these works can integrate with most any home’s decor:

Art of The Pink Store

Other works lean toward the whimsical. Ursula absolutely loves this style for decorating bedrooms:

Whimsical art at The Pink Store

Other artists carried by The Pink Store have a more modern feel, as you can see from the two statues below:

Modernist statues

One of my favorite modern pieces is the cobalt blue mask below. The artist also had examples on display in The Pink Store in yellow and green.

Art in The Pink Store

The entire store is a feast for the eyes, or the camera, as you look about at the explosion of colors and textures throughout:

Color everywhere

Speaking of color, let me sneak in this cactus from our front yard. This thing only blooms once a year:

Cactus Flower

But enough of that. Let’s continue with The Pink Store. As I showed you last week, Day of the Dead pieces feature prominently:

Day of the Dead at The Pink Store

Three more quick views of The Pink Store merchandise, and we’ll continue on Wednesday:

The Pink Store

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Fun Food Friday — Delightful Mexican lunch at The Pink Store


The Pink Store restaurant

The Pink Store is a place to go for arts and crafts, tequila, mescal, and a whole lot more. Want a drink? There’s a full-service bar with some of the best, and strongest, margaritas on the planet:

The Pink Store’s bar

On this visit, made on 19 April of this year, we brought along two cruise buddies whom, quite by accident, we found live right here in El Paso. We met on an Alaska cruise last year (Part 1 of cruising Alaska off-season here: Cruising in the Age of Covid-19 — Part 1). Here are Bob “O” and Cory “M” Bustillos posing with Ursula “L” at the Puerto Palomas touristy sign:

Ursula “L”, Bob “O”, and Cory “M”

And here they are as we set down for lunch:

Bob and Cory at The Pink Store

By the way, not only does The Pink Store have indoor dining:

The Pink Store dining room
The Pink Store dining room

You also have the option of sitting outside:

Outdoor dining patio at The Pink Store

Now I’m going to have to apologize. I snagged a photo of the chips, salsa, and pico de gallo:

Chips, salsa, and pico de gallo

But we were so engrossed in our conversations that I totally missed the guacamole and queso fundido con rajas (melted cheese with poblano chile strips). Don’t be grossed out, but I didn’t remember to start taking pictures of the food until we all had already started to dig in. Here is the partially eaten remains of a Plato Mexicano, with included rice, frijoles, taco, red enchilada, and chile rellano(my recipe for that here: Get Stuffed on Chile Rellenos):

Plato Mexicano combination plate

I had The Pink Store’s chimichanga:

Chimichanga plate comes with two chimichangas containing shredded beef

As did Ursula:

Another chimichanga plate

Cory’s Plato Mexicano lasted long enough for me to get the shot above, but Bob didn’t give me much of chance to get my act together:

Title of this movie: Gone in 60 Seconds!

Next week we’ll continue looking at what The Pink Store has to offer in the way of arts, crafts, furniture, and more.

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