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Hi, I'm Allison! I'm a thirtysomething, freshly baked, stay-at-home mom. I'm originally from Connecticut, now living in Germany, hence the name of the blog. I live in southern Germany with my German husband and our baby boy. Life has turned out to be nothing I ever expected, and am so incredibly happy with it! We certainly do have a lot of laughs! I hope you will enjoy following our new experiences raising a little half American/ half German in a little German town.

Sonntag, 30. März 2008

Our final day

One week ago today, we were enjoying our final hours in paradise. Since moving to Germany, I have learned the value of leaving your vacation destination, usually home, as late as possible. The later your departure, the more time you have to delay actually leaving. It doesn't matter if you get back home late at night. So, we were completely pleased that our flight out was at 8:00 pm, giving us the entire day to soak in all we could of Mallorca. Plus, since it is a relatively small island, you're never too far away from the airport :)

After checking out of the hotel, we headed back towards the mountains, because we could clearly see beautiful, clear blue skies on the other side of the mountains. In Palma, the day started quite grey and cloudy. Joern's one goal was to spend as much time in the sun as possible, especially since the enitre week we were gone, it was snowing and cloudy in Germany.

The fun thing about renting a car at a vacation destination is the ability to freely explore. As we drove towards the clear skies, we saw a sign that pointed in the direction of the sun, and a town named Port des Canonge. Having previously driven around Mallorca, we knew exactly what lay ahead of us, turning down a street towards a port town from somewhat high up in the mountains: the road ahead would be extremely narrow and winding, slightly frightening, and come out somewhere beautiful. We were able to walk down to a tiny, rocky beach. It was by no means a tourist beach, lined with rowboats and small sheds in which some people were working on small boats and fishing tools. We walked down to the beach though, it was quite beautiful. The sea was pretty rough, as there was a storm on it's way in, but the crashing waves were wonderful to watch.
We also walked up the hill and out to a cliff that overlooked the sea. Again, the view was incredible. After enjoying the lovely views from Port des Canonge, we headed back up the mountain, back up the crazy road, and breathed a sigh of relief when we were back on the main road.

We continued to drive through the mountains, and found ourselves in the georgeous town of Banyalbufar. It is definately a favorite of mine. The town is quite old, and served as an
agricultural center. It is such an amazingly beautiful town with terraced hills that look out to the sea. The streets of the town are narrow, and the houses, old stone homes. I was particularly entralled with the citrus groves and the sheep :)
We only stayed in Banyalbufar for a short time, before heading out again to Estellencs, a tiny town of about 300 inhabitants. We had a lovely and leisurely lunch in Estellencs, in an Italian restaurant. The food was good and the view, incredible!
We headed back to Palma, getting into the city at 5:00 in the evening. We wanted to be at the airport by 6:00 because we had to return the rental car. Joern and I decided we would spend our final 50 minutes in Mallorca enjoying a coffee in a wonderful cafe at the far end of the harbor. We enjoyed the views of the water and the cathedral, and our last Spanish cappuchino for a few months :(

The flight back was uneventful, which is always the best kind of flight. We got back to our apartment at 11:00 pm, glad that in Germany, Easter Moday is a holiday.

The trip overall was incredible, and I can't wait to go back to Mallorca, the island of a thousand faces. Next trip though will be in the summer, because I can't wait to swim in the crystal clear water and lay on the soft, sandy beach!

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