Raixa, Beauty And the Consell de Mallorca

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One of the most beautiful manor houses in Mallorca has to be Raixa, on the foot of the Tramuntana mountain range, in the municipality of Bunyola. The finca was founded by the Moors, then under the name of Araixa, some 1,000 years ago, for its abundant water sources.

In the 17th Century, Raixa was owned by the Despuig family, the Count of Montenegro, and Cardinal Antoni Despuig i Dameto who transformed the old buildings into a residential property of palatial proportions.

Raixa has been used for a number of movie location settings in the past for the beauty of its architecture and the luxuriant gardens.

The estate was meant to be sold in 2002 to a private – foreign – buyer. However, the Consell de Mallorca exerted a higher public interest claim and consequently purchased the property with tax payers’ money.

As a result of the Island Council’s action, the fortunate public – all of us – have since had all access barred, including visiting rights to the gardens.

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Shame on you, Consell de Mallorca.

The photos were taken at Raixa, near Bunyola, Mallorca, Spain. The date: March 30th, 2008. The time was 12:44:16 and 12:57:08, respectively.

Raixa, Beauty And the Consell de Mallorca

The Windmill Trail

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Windmills for bringing up water for irrigation purposes were introduced to Mallorca in 1847 by a Dutch engineer, Paul Bouvy Schorenberg. The first mill of that type was erected in Prat de Sant Jordi.

The first windmill for water in the Campos area dates from 1860. Today, out of a total of over 1,000 windmills in the Campos municipality, some 550 are still in existence. For the last ten years or so, the majority of these mills has been slowly renovated to their old glory.

Today these mills are mainly a touristic embellishment. To this end, the Ajuntament de Campos has laid out a Ruta de Molins de Campos. This route makes for gentle excursions on foot or by bicycle. The Campos townhall hands out maps to anyone interested in this endeavour.

The photo was taken near Campos, Mallorca, Spain. The date: March 26th, 2008. The time was 12:50:05.

The Windmill Trail

Waiting For the Doctor

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The time spent waiting in a doctor’s surgery, or even in a hospital, is hardly ever a pleasant wait. But, at least it might give you a nice photo opportunity.

Talking about the health service, you would be surprised how good that is in Spain. Actually, I don’t know about Spain, but Mallorca as part of the Spanish Health Service is certainly up to scratch. There are currently 22 hospitals in the Balearic Islands, with a total of 3,488 beds, of which 16 hospitals are in Mallorca. Plus there are 118 additional ambulant Health Centres in the Autonomous Region.

The photo was taken in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain. The date: March 26th, 2008. The time was 15:33:17.

Waiting For the Doctor

Sharing Food With the Angels

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Sunday, March 30th, you have a chance to do as the Mallorcans do. All you have to do is prepare some homemade panades or rubiols and take them to the Ermita de Sant Blai, just south of Campos del Port.

Every year on the Sunday after Easter, the Diumenge de l’àngel is celebrated by the folks of Campos, and visitors are welcome to join in the festivities. If you want to know about what, when and where, you could ring for information on 971.650.871.

The cosy oratory is dating back to the 15th Century. The erstwhile cemetery has been converted to a lush Mediterranean garden.

The photo was taken near Campos del Port, Mallorca, Spain. The date: March 26th, 2008. The time was 12:39:12.

Sharing Food With the Angels

Water Cures

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Johan Blaeu published his Atlas Maior in 1665. A magnificent piece of Earth View, some 350 years before Google Earth.

Already at that time, the Baños de Sant Joan de Font Santa (between Campos and Colònia de Sant Jordi) were in existence, and thus, were duly pointed out in the splendid maps of the illustrious Dutchman.

As a matter of fact, some people say that the Spa has been in existence since Roman times. I recommend a visit, a splash and a thermal treatment, now that the Balneario is about to open for the 2008 season (from next Tuesday, April 1st; open daily 09h00-13h00).

For further details, and for medical indications, you might wish to check the balneariofontsanta website.

The photo was taken near Campos, Mallorca, Spain. The date: March 26th, 2008. The time was 13:13:57.

Water Cures

Spring Cleaning

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Spring is in the air. What better time, then, to do a tad of spring cleaning?

The torrent de Sa Riera runs through its man-made bed along Palma’s Passeig Mallorca, having come down from the Puigpunyent region of the Tramuntana mountains. Municipal workers were busy getting rid of some gunge a few days ago for the start of the tourist season.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: March 22nd, 2008. The time was 11:35:34.

Spring Cleaning

The Three Tenors

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The domesticated version of the Wild Turkey (Meleagris Gallopavo) is quite common in Mallorca. The animal is reared for its dexterity as a guard dog as well as for its food value.

Some breeders seem to raise the beasts for their guttural vocal range from ‘clucks’ to ‘putts’ and from ‘yelps’ to ‘cackles’ (or how ever you might translate the croaky sound range into Spanish and/or Catalan), perhaps for a Ball de Bots performance in time to come? A sound check could be heard last Easter Sunday, near Felanitx.

The photo was taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain. The date: March 23rd, 2008. The time was 14:12:11.

The Three Tenors