Almost a decade has passed since I left the yachting industry (where I worked as a chef on board private yachts) and I called Mallorca, Spain my second home. I finally decided last year it was time to book a ticket, go back, see friends and explore the options of finding and importing old wares from Europe.
This was taken from the Old Town Palma. Many times I set sail coming and going from this port heading for the South of France, for the Red Sea, Scandinavia and the Eastern Mediterranean.
One of the many marinas filled with boats along the Paseo.
I revisted one of the boat yards & ran into old friends and crew who are still working in the game. And then I spotted this sweet old boat below. I couldn't believe it! I set sail on this 80' Bennetti back in 2001 from Palma, Mallorca across the Mediterranean to Egypt, down the Red Sea to Djibouti, into the Gulf of Aden to Oman and then across to the Maldives. It was a trip of a lifetime. So many things went wrong and we were even chased. But that's another story.
(There is a book & it is almost finished!)
Boats, boats and more boats.
More of old town Palma
It was great to revisit one of the bars - La Lonja and have a vinto tinto & reminisce with old friends.
And the majestic Cathedral all lit up at night.
Whenever we saw her out at sea, we knew we weren't too far away from port.
And finally, some research/work. A visit to an Aladdin's Cave owned by Antonio who has been buying and selling antiques for over 30-years. It was full to the brim of old wares and I found a 300-year old Palazzo tile in here which has found it's way home with me.
and next week, a little more of Mallorca and then my friend Kyla and I
decided on a whim a trip over to Ireland.
until next time,
lover of the sea and all things coastal vintage