Valldemossa Mallorca, Spain

Palma Mallorca Saturday 15 October 2016
October 15, 2016
The Port de Valldemossa and adieu.
October 20, 2016

My second day in the achingly beautiful village of Valldemossa on the Island of Mallorca, Spain.  I made the short trip yesterday from Palma to this lovely town in the Sierra de Transmuntana of Mallorca, perhaps best known for the scathing account written by George Sand to describe the winter that she and the composer Frederic Chopin spent here in 1838-39.  Ostensibly to provide Chopin a warm climate to improve his failing health it proved to be a cold, hard winter where, partly because George Sand was a woman wearing men’s clothing and smoking tobacco and partly due to the fear of the natives that they would catch the ailing Chopin’s illness, the couple had difficulty finding lodging and ended up in a cold, stone cell in the Carthusian Monastery.  That location is now the site of a lovely museum dedicated to Chopin and the time that he and George Sand spent here but also provides interesting and enlightening photographs, paintings, drawings and other memorabilia concerning Chopin including the Pleyel piano that he had shipped to Valldemossa from Paris and his death mask from 1849.  I found it to be an even more moving experience alone this year, compared to my visit last year with a tour guide and thanks to the amazing capabilities of modern communication I was able to enjoy Chopin’s glorious music at the same time that I was in a place where he lived and worked.

I am staying in a fantastic Airbnb apartment at Number 10 Carrer del Pare Francesc in Valldemossa compliments of my wonderful hosts Daniel and Marc, although my amazing penthouse, with gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside, is up 57 stairs, it is well worth the climb!  Well, 57 steps for you may not seem like a lot but just wait until you are 77 (almost 78) years old and then see what you think!  I even carried my back pack and my 35 pound suitcase up those stairs and appear to be no worse the wear for it.  The apartment itself is spacious and decorated with lovely old furniture, plants, photographs and original art works.  The patio to the penthouse looks out upon the roof tops and spires of the town and the Sierra de Tranmuntana Mountains.  A lovlier place would be very difficult to find.

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Valldemossa

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The Penthouse

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My apartment in Valldemossa

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Frederic Chopin

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George Sand

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The blogger relaxing on the penthouse patio

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Valldemossa

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Valldemossa at night

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My restaurant for lunch today

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Santa Catalina the patron saint of Valldemossa

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Dr. Ron
I am a 77 year old neurosurgeon who has had the "travel bug" for the past 36 years and who has been interested in photography as long as I can remember. My site is intended to convey the excitement that I feel when I travel, to my viewers in words and pictures. I also hope to provide my viewers with my recommendations for places to visit, places to stay, where to eat and generally my recommendations "if you go!"

1 Comment

  1. John A. Lee says:

    Hi, Ron,
    Have been enjoying your blog. Wonderful prose and beautiful pictures.
    Will be sad when your journey comes to an end, but we will be happy to have you back.
    Enjoy in the mean time.
    John Lee

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