Mallorca Best Beaches and Calas

Turquoise water, sandy beaches or rocky calas: Mallorca has a lot to offer and has nothing to envy the the Caribbean beaches. Here is a selection of some my favourite spots for the summer on the island!

Sandy Beaches

Es Trenc

This is THE white sandy beach with endless turquoise water in Mallorca. It can get quite crowded during the summer.

Playa de Portals Nous

I love this one because it’s easily accessible by public transport. A nice family beach to enjoy the day.

Bendinat Beach

A small beach, also perfect for paddle boarding.

Cala Mesquida

I love the dunes surrounding this beach, it’s quite nice in winter as well as there are some hiking paths starting there.

Cala Llombards

A cute little beach very popular during the summer. What I love about this one are the little fisher houses all around!

Cala Pi

The view of this cala from above is spectacular!

Rocky Calas

Caló des Moro

The most beautiful scenery on the island, in my opinion! It’s not the most comfortable beach to sunbathe and stay for hours but the views are so breath-taking, it’s worth it!

Cala s’Alumnia

A little cala perfect to jump from cliffs. I love the hiking path starting there to enjoy the winter views, you can click here to read more about it.

Cala Banyalbufar

Banyalbufar is my favourite village on the island, I just can’t get enough of all the views from there. It’s really nice to be able to go for a dip while spending the day there, even if it’s not the spot I would choose to spend the whole day sunbathing.

Es Canyeret – Platja de LLucalcari

A little hidden gem, I think we found this one by accident. Te waves can be quite strong and it takes a bit of time to actually get to the swimming spots but the views are so worth it!

Cala Maioris

The perfect spot for a late afternoon swim. There are some natural pools all the way as well a little sandy beach. Perfect to go back up right in time to enjoy the sunset.

Torrent de Parreis

This is one of the must do when coming to Mallorca, it’s quite incredible to arrive there and see the sea in between the big rocks. There are some cool jumping points as well.

Torrent de Parreis
Stairway to Heaven – Torrent de Parreis

What’s your favourite?

There are still a lot more coves and beaches that I have yet discovered, let me know what are your favourite spots to sunbathe and swim during the summer on Mallorca!

Enjoy the summer on our gorgeous island!

Adèle xx

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Hello again, Palma

After 7 weeks of the strictest lockdown in Europe, we were finally able to go outside for exercise and fresh air. I have never seen that many people out before 7am. This first walk was strange but felt so good. It screamed freedom!

Sunrise at the beach, palya de Palma

It was blissful to watch the sun rising while listening to the sounds of the waves, along with people chatter and laughter.

Oh, I missed that walk!

Cathedral view from palma Beach

I was so happy to finally be able to see our beautiful Cathedral again. La Seu is definitely my favourite spot. Seeing the flowers around the Cathedral made me realise how much we’ve missed while being locked inside. Spring has happened and we didn’t get a chance to enjoy it.

It was surreal to see the usually busy plazas and streets completely empty!

My mind was blown by seeing how much the trees have grown during the past weeks.

Paseo del Born palma de Mallorca
7 weeks have passed between these 2 photos.

What a strange feeling, to be able to enjoy the beauty of our city again. Never ever taking that for granted, that’s for sure!

I hope you are all enjoying your daily walks by the sea and city strolls!

See you soon for Palma Insta Tour!

Adèle xx

The Palma Lockdown Diary | Week 5

This 5th week of COVID-19 lockdown was quite uneventful! It is starting to feel like living the same day over and over again! I totally spent too much time on my phone AGAIN this week, so trying to cut down on screen time (yeah I know, I said that before, but it’s really hard, especially when you work in social media!)

Food

Here are all the food we’ve made in the past weeks, in case you need recipe ideas! Big shout out to my flatmate Jess for cooking for all of us!

  • Banana Bread

Ingredients:
– 3 ripe bananas, mashed
– 1 cup white sugar
– 1 egg
– 1/4 cup melted butter
– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 165°C. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and butter together in a bowl. Mix the flour and baking soda together in a separate bowl; stir into the banana mixture until the batter is just mixed. Stir the salt into batter. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. You can add banana pieces on top of the batter to decorate the bread. Bake in the preheated oven until a knife inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean, about 1 hour.

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  • Caramelised onions and goat cheese quiche
caramelised onions and goat cheese quiche
  • Homemade burgers and sweet potato fries with truffle mayonnaise

We had been craving burgers since the beginning of the lockdown, so we finally decided to make our own! Well it’s not that easy, you have to cook everything at once and be fast, but it was worth it in the end! Mercadona now has vegan burgers, and it really felt like eating a meat burger (texture-wise). In the burgers we put: cheese, pickles, beetroot, tomatoes, a fried egg and bacon (for the non-vegetarians), plus ketchup and mustard.

We decided to make sweet potato fries as they are our favourites, and we made the most delicious truffle mayonnaise. So simple! We found this truffle paste at Mercadona (2€50 for 80gr, next to the spices) and we mixed a bit of the paste with normal mayonnaise, and it was like eating fries at Badal Corner! Yum!

truffle paste truffle mayonnaise truffle sauce

We still have a lot in the jar, so expect more truffle recipe in next week’s blog post!

  • Missing Brunch at my favourite cafés

I’m craving a good brunch from Cafè Riutort or La Finca, and pancakes from The Workshop Café (they actually did a pancake delivery on Saturday, and they also deliver banana bread, check it out here). I’ve made a list of my favourite cafés and brunch places in Palma de Mallorca to visit after the lockdown, find it here and tell me what are tour favourites ones!

Podcasts

I’ve started to listen to podcasts again, in my ‘normal life’ I listen to them while I walk by the sea every evening, so it had been a while without turning one on! My favourites are (sorry all in French): Bliss stories (pregnancy and birth stories); In Power (entrepreneurs interviews) and Build Yourself (tips for entrepreneurs and online businesses).

An amazing podcast in English I can recommend for female entrepreneurs is Sheree Murray’s one: The Side Hustle Movement.

I love that Sheree is using one of the photo we’ve taken on her Palma Insta Tour photo session!

Quarantine view

It’s really hard to stare at the same buildings everyday, over and over, and always go to the same shop once a week… But it taught me to really appreciate what I have in front of me. I love the pink and orange colours of the neighbour’s buildings, it is quite a nice view we have from our balcony!

It’s so lovely to see how the kids are getting more and more creative everyday to stay in contact, they are now sending each others letters and presents through the bag and strings they set up between 3 flats.

Home workout

Here’s a workout video we made with my flatmates (one used to be a personal trainer so she’s planning our morning workouts (so lucky I know). We do it every morning at 7.30am Monday to Friday. It’s the best way to start the days and really help me keeping sane.

Missing the sea

This week I’ve really been missing my walks and the sea… maybe because I was hoping we would be allowed for walks outside our house from the 26th, but they have just announced that only kids will be allowed on the streets for fresh air and a bit of exercise… But well, I’ve been looking at photos from hikes and beach days, and have been tanning on our balcony, at least it’s something!

Palma Insta Tour

This weekend was really productive as I released the landing page for Palma Insta Tour on my website! You can check it out here:

Don’t forget that you can buy a voucher now to do the tour at a later date! I really can’t wait to show you around the city again, and take some photos!

Big shout out to Jess for helping me with copy writing and to my web designer, Octave.

I hope you all had a good-enough week! Here in Palma de Mallorca the lockdown has been extended until May 9th now.

Stay safe everyone!

Adèle xx

Best cafés and brunch spots in Palma de Mallorca

Gorgeous latte arts, tasty matcha, delicious panckaes and yummy cakes… Here are (some of) my favourite cafés and best brunch spots in Palma de Mallorca.

La Finca

My number one! La Finca is located not far from Plaza España and Puerta de San Antoni, and it’s nice to have such a great café in this part of town. The owners are the sweetest guys you’ll meet, and they do great food and coffee. I love the cakes there, and their empanadas and quiches are to die for. I always go for a matcha or a chaï latte, but occasionally I get tempted by their pink latte: a coffee with beetroot.  

Address: Carrer de l’Escola Graduada, 5, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears

La Molienda

A new location has opened in Carrer de l’Arxiduc, again, it’s great to have one of this trendy café opening in this part of town. The new location is quite big but gets quite busy in the mornings (it can also be a bit noisy, so it might not be the best place if you’re looking for a quiet place to work from or have a meeting with someone). That being said, La Molienda has a good breakfats selection. I’m a big fan of the simple ‘pan con tomate’ and the delicious cinnamon rolls. The other location, off La Rambla in Carrer del Bisbe Campins, is much smaller and cozier, but the best part of it is the outside terrace.

Address: Carrer del Bisbe Campins, 11, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears /
Carrer de l’Arxiduc Lluís Salvador, 9a, 07004 Palma, Illes Balears

Cafè Riutort

They are the masters of latte art! From hearts to swans, I always feel like it’s too pretty to drink! They have a great brunch selection. Located just off La Rambla, Cafè Riutort is where I start my Instagram tours of Palma, it can get quite busy as it’s a popular spot with only a few tables, but it’s worth the wait!

Address: Carrer del Carme, 25, 07003 Palma, Illes Balears

Rosevelvet Bakery

This is the place to be if you love amazing cakes. Rosevelvet Bakery always have a broad selection of cakes from brownie, to red velvet goodness. I’m also a fan of they ‘Sweet as hell’ neon sign!

Address: Carrer de la Missió, 15, Local 1, 07003 Palma, Balearic Islands

The Workshop Café and Cycles

Located on the other side of the town, I love The Workshop Café and Cycles especially for their chia seeds and berries pancakes: they are the best pancakes I’ve tasted in Palma! They also do amazing toasts with poached eggs, and their juices are fresh and tasty.

Address: Carrer Magalhaes, 1, 07014 Palma, Illes Balears

MALA the Café

Photos taken for Solstice Blends (superfood lattes)

If you’re looking for the best, tasty avocado toast, this is the place to go! Their avocado toast with cream cheese and toasted hazelnuts is so delicious, just writing about it makes me want to go there immediately! I also love the interior and ambiance of Mala the café.

Address: Carrer d’En Morei, 1, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears

Ben Trempat

For some simple but delicious tostadas, you can trust this place! Located in Plaça Llorenç Bisbal, this is a small and not to expensive, local café to enjoy breakfast with friends on their sunny terrace.

Address: Plaça Llorenç Bisbal, 3a, 07002 Palma, Illes Balears

Can Joan de s’Aigo

This one is quite typical of Mallorca. If you want to taste all the Mallorquin specialities, don’t hesitate, go there! From sweets with ensaimadas, coca de patata and their signature hot chocolate (literally melted chocolate, not mixed with milk or water!), or if you prefer savoury: coca de trampo, empanadas and more.
They have a few locations around town, my favourite has to be the oldest one: I love the charm factor once you step inside. Perfect breakfast spot after a morning stroll around the old town.

Address: Carrer de Can Sanç, 10, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears

Panaderia S’Estació

They do some delicious carrot cake and coca de patata, but let’s be honest, the best part of this Café/bakery is their glass floor as you come in! The first time I got quite surprised and thought I was falling, ahah. From the shop you can see the bakers making all the goodies below you and it’s quite fascinating to watch.

Address: Carrer del Sindicat, 66, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears

What’s yours?

Tell me what are your favourite brunch spots and best cafés in Palma de Mallorca!

Adèle xx

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The Palma Lockdown Diary | Week 4

And just like that.. it has been a month of lockdown already! The highlights of this 4th week of COVID-19 quarantine were prepping for Easter by cooking a lot of food and celebrating with an indoor Easter egg hunt!

Let’s start with the most important: FOOD!

  • Orange Cake

Original recipe by Nicook (in French) here.
– 115 gr of sugar
– 115 gr of soft butter
– 115 gr of flour
– 1 packet of dry yeast
– 4 oranges
– 2 eggs
Combine sugar and soft butter. Add the eggs. Add the flour and baking powder. Mix well. Add the zest of 3 oranges. Add the juice of 3 oranges.
Bake the cake 20min at 200°C (to check). Take the cake out of the oven, and before removing from the tin, pour the juice of the 4th orange. Leave to stand for 15 minutes. Remove from tin. Taste!

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  • Easter Feast

We stocked up on veggies to have enough to cook for the long weekend. We attempted to make olive bread but we had a bit of misunderstanding with Spanish levadura (we wanted yeast but ended up with baking powder as they are both called the same in Spanish…). But we ended up with a delicious focaccia instead and it went greatly with dips. We even had the last pieces as sandwich with all the leftovers from Friday dinner and Easter lunch and it was delicious!!

So, what was on the menu ?
For Friday dinner we made stuffed Aubergine with lentils, a kiwi and cucumber curry tzatziki (literally just cut up kiwis, cucumber and mix Greek yoghurt with a teaspoon of curry powder, a bit of coriander and salt, and it’s done!) , and dips (hummus, beetroot hummus and coriander pesto).

And for Easter Sunday lunch my flatmate made a yummy lamb roast, with roasted veggies (carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkin), and it was delish’! And for desert, a lemon cheesecake, and of course, a lot of chocolates!

Hot Cross Buns

Find a recipe here. Same problem with the yeast/baking powder here, and we didn’t put enough sultanas. But warm with melted butter on it it was still super good!

Spring Cleaning!

Spring is here. And when we get out, it will deficiently won’t be cold anymore! So it was time to switch the winter and summer wardrobe! I’ve also continued my big cleaning spree by washing all the pillows and sofa covers, and continuing to scrub the bathroom tile joints, so satisfying!

Movies & Series

This week we watched the limited series Years and Years. The trailer will speak better about it than me, but seriously, watch it!!

If you’re looking for a romantic drama, Life Itself (on Netflix) is really well done. “A love story spanning generations and continents is connected by a single, heartbreaking event with results that none of those affected can imagine.”

Happy Moments

As I live in the city centre, I usually wake up with the sound of cars and bin trucks, what a joy it has been waking up to the sound of birds.
We took advantage of the gorgeous weather we had last week to spend Saturday sunbathing on our roof terrace, oops got burnt!
We played our second game of Palmapoly and it ended better than the first attempt! Hurray! You can find all of the details about our DIY Monopoly here.

Dress by Sunvibes

Online courses

I’m still going through Pink Flamingo Marketing online workshop about FOPY (Fear Of Promoting Yourself). My goal is to be done with before April 27th, as on that day starts Chloe’s new online programme: 6 week to confident marketing. You can find mire information about the course here: https://pinkflamingomarketing.com/confident/. I highly recommend Chloe’s course, she’s a great teacher and mentor!

Supporting small businesses during the lockdown

If you’re in a position where you can still spend money (because let’s be honest, most of us have very little to no income at the moment), it’s time to support smaller businesses. Buy your fruits and veggies at the market instead of the supermarket, order wine from a bar that had to close down but offers deliveries, buy vouchers now for treatments or sessions to be done at a latter date… You can find a directory with many businesses still operating during the lockdown here.

Unfortunately, I cannot run my Instagram tours of Palma at the moment, but you can still buy a voucher now and we will do the session as soon as all of this craziness is over us! Email me at adele@yellothere.com to arrange something!

I hope you all had a good week!

Adèle xx

Palmapoly – DIY Monopoly Palma de Mallorca edition

Stuck at home during the COVID-19 quarantine and I discovered that one of my flatmates had never played Monopoly before! This was unacceptable! But what to do – we didn’t have Monopoly at home and the shops were all closed; the only solution was, of course, to make our own one!

Maybe you’re stuck at home during the lockdown, maybe the virus is over and you just want a crafty project to do – whatever the reason, here is a tutorial for you to follow to create your own personalised Monopoly game: Palma de Mallorca edition!

activities kids indoor DIY make your own monopoly

1 – The theme

The first and most important step is to think of a theme for your game. Maybe it will be based on your family’s hometown, or where you grew up, or even your favourite movie or series (i.e. Harry Potter, Game of Thrones etc.). Whatever you decide, keep in mind that you will have almost 30 property and chance/community chest cards to create, and so you’ll need to choose something with enough options for all of these.

2 – The Board

The second most important part of the game is to get yourself some cardboard for the game board. A good, big, flat piece is ideal, if you don’t have anything at home you can scour the local supermarket for empty boxes. A standard Monopoly board is about 50x50cm (20×20 inches) and that’s just the actual playing area. If you struggle to find a piece of cardboard big enough, that’s ok, but ideally you want it as big as possible, otherwise you’ll run into trouble when it’s time to fit all the properties on the board.
Once you have the board, you need to cut it to size. I drew the outline and then used a sharp knife to score along the lines, then folded the board and used a serrated knife to finish (remember, we were short on options here!) If you’re going to want to fold the board for storage later, then you will need to score lines dividing the board into 4 quarters, cut one of the lines just to the middle, and then carefully fold the board along the scored lines so it folds as you like. Store it under something heavy for a few hours to really embed the folds.
The next step is to decide how you’d like to decorate the background. This could be with decoupage (our choice), paints, stickers, drawings, whatever your heart desires! Get creative and make it personalised to the theme of your game.

3 – Show me the money!

So we decided to do the money right at the beginning, because – honestly – it’s the longest and most mind-numbing part of the whole project. We decided to scrap the 1 Euro bills for this game (everyone hates them!) and made 30 of every other note (500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5) by cutting them out of plain white paper. Decorate them as you like, but remember you will have a LOT of notes to decorate so don’t go too overboard!

4 – Properties

Now you just need to decide the names you’re going to give your properties, what the stations and utilities will be, and, if you’ve decided not to use 1 Euro bills, adjust the rent costs accordingly. There are 28 property cards, with 8 different colour groups, plus stations and utilities. See below the excel table for a list of each of the properties for Palma de Mallorca and pricing.

When the names are decided, it’s time to make the cards. Ideally using heavy paper/thin card, cut out 28 property cards (maybe with a few extra just in case!). When you’re deciding on the size, write out one or two test cards to make sure you’re happy with them and can fit all the information on there. Choose your colour theme and make sure you can tell which group each property belongs to! With the stations, get creative! Choose four local beaches, or parks, or something related to your theme.

5 – Chance/Community Chest

This is where you can really get funny and creative! There are 17 Community Chest cards and 16 Chance cards. For me, I felt that the cards tend to be similar, and so I just went with one pile of 32 Chance cards all mixed together. You can keep these as similar or as different as you like, and get creative with linking them to your theme. You can cut these cards out of heavy paper/thin card, and remember to decorate the backs of the cards as they will sit face down on the board. The cards should be about the same size as the property cards.

Here is a list of our Chance cards, Quarantine edition:
– Get out of paying rent (keep card until needed). (x2)
-Get out of Quarantine (keep card until needed). (x2)
– GO TO QUARANTINE! Go directly to Quarantine. Do not pas GO, do not collect 200€. (x2)
– Payday! Advance to GO, collect 200€. (x2)
– Advance to nearest beach. If unowned, you may buy it. If owned, pay the owner double their entitled rent.
– Advance to nearest utility. If unowned, you may buy it. If owned, throw dice and payowner 10x amount thrown.
– Take a walk down Calle Oms. If you pass GO, collect 200€.
– Take a walk down Paseo Maritimo. If you pass GO, collect 200€.
– Beach Day! Take a trip to Playa de Palma. If you pass GO, collect 200€.
– Police fines you for being outdoors. Pay 150€. (x2)
– General Home Repairs. Pay 40€ per house and 100€ per hotel. (x2)
– Government subsidy package. Collect 150€.
– Gym membership refund. Receive 25€.
– Happy Days! You find money blowing down the deserted street. Collect 100€.
– Communal household dinner. Collect 50€ from each player.
– You receive rent assistance. Collect 150€.
– You’re infected – GAME OVER! Just kidding. Roll 1 dice. If it’s even, collect 100€. If it’s odd, pay 100€.
– Holiday cancelled. Receive refund of 100€.
– You sell your old vacuum. Collect 50€.
– You avoided getting coughed on at the supermarket. Collect 10€.
– Quarantined with full pay. Collect 200€.
– Good deed! Go shopping for a neighbour. Collect 10€.
– You forgot to sanitise! Pay 50€ to each player.
– Get tested for Coronavirus. Pay Doctor 50€.
– Stock up on toilet paper. Pay 15€.

6 – Houses/Hotels/Tokens

This is where you can let your imagination go wild, and go as simple or as detailed as you want! The original Monopoly has:
– 32 houses
– 12 hotels
– 8 playing pieces/game tokens

Think about the theme of your game, and what you have lying around the house that you can use. Some ideas are buttons, coins, beer bottle lids, pebbles, or even homemade clay you can bake in the oven and then paint/decorate. Just remember that the houses need to be small enough to fit four at a time on each property space on the game board.
We decided to use pieces of sea glass that we had collected at our local beach; small ones for houses, bigger ones for hotels, and we glued 8 different pieces on coins to make the game tokens.

7 – Finishing the Board

Now that all the cards and pieces are ready, you must be getting excited to finally finish! For the final part of the Game Board there are three main parts;

  1. Measure the game board and cut out four strips of paper to make the playing area.
  2. Draw the borders of all the playing spaces and decorate
  3. Glue the strips to the board and finalise the decorations

When measuring the paper for the playing area, make sure you do this carefully ensuring that all the strips fit together, you have enough room to write all the properties, and that you leave enough space in the middle (and outside, if you choose) for decorating.

The next step is to carefully measure the spacing and draw the borders for each playing space. The four corners are taken up with “GO”, “Jail” (replaced by “Quarantine”), “Free Parking” (replaced by “Free Delivery”) and “Go to Jail” (replaced by “Go to Quarantine”) and there are 10 spaces between each corner. Once you’ve drawn all the borders, it’s time to fill in all of the spaces with the property names, stations, and other details – really personalise it to link in with your chosen theme!

The very last task is to carefully glue, or decoupage the strips to the Board (making sure you put them in the right order!) and finish off any other decorating you want to include. Maybe put a fun title, or you may want to draw an outline of where your Chance/Community Chest cards will go.

Finally, once everything is dried and decorated and you’re happy, all you need is a couple of dice (unless you’re super keen and decide to handmake these too!) and you are ready to enjoy your masterpiece!

Share your own #Palmapoly photos and tag us on Instagram @palmainstatour

The Palma Lockdown Diary | Week 3

And another week has passed… Spain has announced the extension of the lockdown until April 26th, so we have at least 3 more weeks to go!

Food, food and more food!

  • Cookioches (a mix between cookies and brioche)
    Original recipe here (in French). Recipe for 9 cookioches:
    – 180g of T45 wheat flour
    – 1 egg
    – 10g of sugar (optional)
    – 1 bag of baking powder
    – 100g of chocolate chips
    – 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
    – 2 ripe bananas
    Mix everything until the dough becomes sticky. Make 9 balls and put them on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 180°C. Enjoy!
  • Vareniki (Ukrainian raviolis)
    Our flatmate treated us with one of her childhood dish. Inside the ravioli are mushrooms and potatoes. And on top you can add cream and/or fried onions. very yummy! Here‘s the recipe.
  • Veggie curry
    Not a week goes without having this ahah. I just cook whatever veggies I have in the fridge, and I had coconut milk and curry paste.
  • More treats
    Lentils loaf (a great veggie option to meat loaf). And bread sticks (so YUMMY: made with pizza dough, Italian spices and seeds).

Palmapoly

We’ve finally finished our Palmapoly, you can find all the details by clicking here. We played our first game on Saturday night but let’s say it didn’t end very well 😂 I actually think it was more fun to make the Monopoly rather than playing it, so might just make another one to keep busy during the next 3 weeks.

If you can’t travel, read about it

This week I’ve read Enjoying Mallorca, by Pamela Legge. I have mixed feelings about it. I think back in the time when Google wasn’t our best friend, it was quite a good resource to know about expat life on Mallorca. I liked to be familiar with all the places and events she talks about, but it was a bit long and sometimes boring… I quite liked the illustrations though.

It’s series time

We finished The Handmaid’s Tale on Thursday, and we are sad to have to wait for the 4th season (which will be postponed due to the COVID-19 situation).
On Friday, the 4th season of Casa de Papel (Money Heist) was out so I’ve spent the day in bed watching it…now just have to wait for the next one ahah. I like this series because it’s my Spanish practice: I watch it in Spanish (with Spanish subtitles).

Weekends are for ‘beach’ days

We are so lucky to have a rooftop terrace, and to be honest, it’s the first time we’re making a good use of it after more than a year of living in our flat. It’s our new gym for mornings bootcamps, and on the weekend we’ve decided to set up a little ‘beach’ and enjoy some sunshine ans sangria.

I hope you all had a good week! Do you do anything special on the weekends to make the separation between week/work days and weekends?

Adèle xx

Morning Stroll around Palma Cathedral

The best time of the day to go for a walk and watch the gorgeous cathedral is definitely at sunrise.

Sunrise cathedral Palma de Mallorca

I can’t get enough of the sky turning all shades of orange and pink.

No one in the streets, just you and the beauty of nature.

Such a peaceful moment.

“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”
― Roman Payne

And soon after, it’s Golden Hour…

Oh, I miss it. I can’t wait to go on a morning walk again when all of this is over (aka COVID-19 lockdown).

What’s the thing you miss the most about having to stay at home?

Adèle xx

The Palma Lockdown Diary | Week 2

We are entering the third week of lockdown in Mallorca. At the moment, we are supposed to get out on April 12nd, but let’s see how the situation evolves in the next couple of weeks.

Some photos of Palma empty streets during the lockdown, taken when I go to the shops:

This second week has been SO MUCH BETTER than the first one. For several reasons. Firstly, I’ve really decreased the time spent on social media. I tried my best to not check my phone before 12pm, and focus on other things in the mornings. Secondly, I’ve given myself tasks and goals for each day. Thirdly, I’ve made myself available for work and clients only between 1 and 6pm so I don’t have to be online all day long. So what do I do the rest of the time ??

Quarantine Activities

  • I’ve kept on doing workout bootcamp on our roof terrace every mornings with my flatmates: it’s really amazing to get some fresh air and exercise in first thing.
  • Doing some over due cleaning tasks in the house (you know like cleaning the shower tile joints with a tooth-brush.. SO SATISFYING!) Who else is becoming a cleaning freak ?
  • Cooking, of course. This week I’ve made: a veggie curry, a leek and cauliflower fondue, quinoa and brocolis balls, sweet potatoes fries; and crêpes. We’re taking turns to cook with my flatmates so I’ve also eaten a tofu and veggie stir fry, chocolate mousses, lime mousses, an apple and cinnamon cake…
  • Writing blog posts, editing photos and drafting the new landing pages I need on my website.
  • Cleaning my computer storage, ordering photos and transferring them onto my hard-drive because I’m tired of the Cloud telling me it’s too full! Never enough space…
  • Making a Monopoly, Palma de Mallorca edition. This is my flatmate amazing idea. It’s been our project for the past two weeks and are hoping to be done soon to be able to play! We are making everything by hand from cards to bills, and even the board. The tokens are a 2 cents coin with a piece of sea glass glued on top. I hope next week I can show you the final result! It’s been so fun. Work in progress… Edit: Palmapoly is now done and you can get all the details to make your own here: www.yellothere.com/palmapoly
  • Watching The Handmaid’s Tale (you can watch it on HBO, there is a 2-weeks free trial). We’ve finished Season 2 and are loving it! We’ve also watched Self Made on Netflix.
  • Reading! I’ve finished ‘Snowing in Bali: The Incredible Inside Account of Bali’s Hidden Drug’ by Kathryn Bonella. A very interesting book. And I’ve also read ‘The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy’ by Fiona McNeill. Super fun and easy to read.
  • Painting… I’m definitely not a good painter but having fun just doing some water colour paintings, and it made me able to decorate my bedroom a little bit more. I’ve also added travel memories and postcards to escape a little during the lockdown.

Small Accomplishments and Happy Moments

I’ve put on jeans for the first time in two weeks, and it still fits! Just the time to go to the shops but still… Quarantine Fashion on point! Thank God for pajamas.

Hearing everyone clapping every night at 8pm and seeing thank you messages around when going on the streets to go food shopping.

Kids finding new ways to communicate and play together: they’ve sending paper planes and balls from one building to the other (well most ending up in the streets ahah) and having so much fun doing so!

I hope you all add a good week! Remember that it’s okay to feel sad, to feel overwhelmed and to feel lazy! It’s good to have a routine, keep yourself busy and be productive but the most important thing is to keep sane! So if that means spending hours reading on the couch, then let it be!

Adèle xx