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!

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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!

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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

Unique Instagram-worthy Hotel in Mallorca

My friend Chloe from Pink Flamingo Marketing invited me to join her for a little drink by the pool at the most beautiful and unique hotel I’ve seen on the island: Ten Mallorca in Sineu.

This hotel is the perfect location to get some Insta photos (of course life is not all about Instagram but lots of us are guilty of choosing a place for the photos we can get there, admit it!).

I loved Ten Mallorca because every room is different and has its own character. They created different ambiance in each corner and everything looks amazing!

The pool is also a big hit! Who wouldn’t dream to sip cocktails and go for a swim in this dreamy location ? If you’re looking for a beautiful place where you can relax, this is the perfect one !

Chloe is organising a one-day marketing retreat at Ten Mallorca on February 28th, you can find more info by clicking here. I’m so sad I’ll miss it as I will be flying back from France on that day.

I can’t wait to go back there ! What’s your favourite hotel on the island ?

Bye 2019 – My Favourite Moments

As 2019 is ending, and a new decade is about to start, I wanted to take time to reflect and think about this past year. It’s been a pretty amazing one, full of surprises! Here are some of my favourite memories of 2019.

I started the year in France surrounded by my family. I was happy to go back to my beloved island and explore: I went many times to Banyalbufar, it became my favourite town on the island: mountain and sea, almond and palm trees, cactus and flowers; amazing terraces, breath-taking views…

End of January I met a very cool group of Belgian guys, we became instant friends and throughout the year we all went back and forth between Palma and Brussels; we’ve had so much fun!

In February I went back to France and it was lovely to spend time with my family, it was freezing but oh, beautiful!

March was the time for new flatmates, and I couldn’t have asked for better girls. I’m so grateful for them, we’ve created a little happy home.

April started in Finland! I was visiting a Uni friend in Turku and we had a great few days: sunrise on the frozen lake, typical Finnish sauna, barbecue on the beach because it was SO warm (14°C), exploring small towns and laughing a lot. Can’t wait to see where we will meet next time!

In May, I was lucky enough to have several members of my family – including my mum for the first time! – coming to Mallorca to celebrate my Godmother’s 50th birthday. It was so much fun to show them around the island, and for me it was very special to show my mum the life I’ve created in Mallorca. One of my favourite during that week was Botanicactus: paradise for the cactus lover that I am!

In June, I celebrated my 23rd birthday surrounded by my loved ones. I eel very blessed when I see the people I have in my life here on the island.

I also spent an amazing week with my friends visiting me in Palma, working in the morning and exploring in the afternoon: we hit so many places I was dreaming of discovering such as Calo D’Es Moro and Sa Calobra.

A must do in Palma: the rooftop of the Cathedral, find out more about it here.

We also made the most of Palma night life and tried a few rooftops. My favourite is Hotel Almudaina Sky Bar: love the view of the cathedral! And prices are quite reasonable.

After this, I spent a week in a gorgeous region of France: Ardèche, for the baptism of one of my cousin. It was so relaxing to be in a small village in the middle of the mountains.

August came, and back to France again! This time to show Paris to my God-daughter (5yo): it was amazing to see the world through her eyes! It was also great to see many of my friends from high school around a yummy dinner on the beach.

At the beginning of September, I’ve worked on my first Festival: doing the social media coverage during all the events: it was challenging, intense and tiring; but I got to discover many new places (including amazing restaurants) on the island!

Mid-September, end of summer, time for a boat party with Mallorca Girl Gone International. So much fun!

October started for me in Barcelona: my high school English teacher from when I was living in Australia came to Barcelona so I took the opportunity to visit her and rediscover this city.

2 favourites there: the Palau de la Musica Catalana and Alsur café.

I was invited on a boat cruise with Save The Med Foundation and I couldn’t believe my eyes when we saw dolphins! Such an amazing memory.

Mid-October, and still an amazing weather on the island. I joined my favourite Pink Flamingo, Chloe at Ten Mallorca hotel in Sineu: the ultimate Instagram hotel. We had so much fun with Chloe sipping Gin&Tonic by the pool, laughing and taking cool photos ahha.

October was definitely an amazing month, as I was lucky enough to go to the European Hot Air Balloons Championship that was taking place in Mallorca. You can read about the whole experience and see more photos by clicking here.

October was also the month I launched Palma Insta Tour, I’ll talk more about the concept in another blog post, but you can follow this project on Instagram and book on Airbnb Experience.

November: time to visit the island next door! Let’s go to Menorca. A weekend to relax and disconnect. Pretty empty at this time of the year, it was hard to find places to eat but amazing to not be surrounded by hundreds of tourists. We were gifted with the most amazing sunset and we had so much fun on wine tour and cheese tasting. More photos coming soon in another blog post!

The month ended with the visit of one of my lovely friend, who I don’t see enough. We went on the most amazing hike from Cala S’almonia to Cala Marmols. And we spent hours walking through town looking at all the Christmas Lights. It was such a chilled but full weekend, can’t wait to see her again!

December has been quite busy as I was preparing to take time off for Christmas, but seeing the Christmas Lights every time I’d cross the city at night was such a lovely feeling. I finally launched my website and started my blog, yay! I’m also so grateful for the amazing friends I’ve made on the island and who are part of my close circle, and for all the people I’ve met through the year: new clients, business partners and friends.

As I’m writing this, I’m on the plane flying from Dubai to Jakarta. My 2019 will end in Lombok and 2020 will start in Bali, how lucky! I hope you all had a great 2019 despite the many challenges. Bring it on 2020!

Adèle xx

Heavenly Hike in Eastern Mallorca

A very special December 1st

Mallorca is known for some of its breath-taking views and amazing calas, some with access only by hiking for a couple of hours or by boat. While it might be hard to get there in the hot summer days, it’s the perfect spot to explore during the ultimate hiking season in Mallorca: Autumn.

Let me take you to some magical spots around Santanyi.

We started the hike in Cala S’Almonia.

For 2 hours we walked while having great views.

We passed the cutest house with the most amazing view! Who whished it was available on Airbnb to be able to wake up there?

We finally arrived to Cala Dels Marmols, where we were greeted by the cutest Husky.

What’s best than having a nap on the beach on the 1st of December? You tell me…

The way back seemed way quicker and we stopped at yet another breathtaking point of view.

Back to Cala S’Almonia, we headed to Calo d’es Moro.

What a difference a season makes: in Summer it was packed with people and we were swimming in the sea. This time we could enjoy the peaceful view and empty beach.

One last stop before heading back to Palma: Cala Llombards as the sun was setting and turning the sky pink.

4 calas in a day, the perfect Autumn Sunday.

European Hot Air Balloon Championships in Mallorca

Last month, I was so lucky to witness a 100 hot air balloons taking off as the sun was rising, it was one of those magical moment, when you wish the time would stop. But it doesn’t, so the best you can do is to enjoy every second of it!

European Hot Air Balloons Championships 2019 Mallorca

Mallorca was the host to the 2019 European Hot Air Balloon Championships in October, unfortunately, the weather was quite crappy and with all the wind and rain they didn’t manage to fly for a few days. Which made it even more special when, on the last weekend, we drove to the countryside of the island when it was still very dark (and cold), and we arrived on the field to see all the balloons getting ready to take off as the sky was turning into different shades of pink and blue.

We climbed the near-by hill as the first balloons started to fly and we weren’t ready for what we were about to see: one by one, a 100 hot air balloon started to take off and fill the sky with colours, while the sun was slowly rising and showing its first rays behind a hill.

And soon the sky was filled with all the balloons.  

European Hot Air Balloons Championships 2019 Mallorca

After this magical show, we started to drive back and found ourselves following the route of the balloons, once again it was very special to see all the balloons in the sky as we were driving. We made a stop to take it all in, it was unbelievable.

If you want to see more, check my video:

If you’re interested in flying in a hot air balloon over Mallorca, check Mallorca Balloons.