On the last day of our journey we traveled to the Joan Miro Museum in Palma. Here we met the grandson of the great artist/surrealist/dadaist who accompanied us around the facility. The building that Miro had built as his studio/working space is left largely intact from the day he died. Paint jars opened, brushes strewn about, paintings half finished. Aside from his painting studio there are special areas where he conceived and completed his sculpture work. Jane and I agreed that the facility was among the most spiritual places we had ever been. One could feel creativity in the air. Perhaps creativity is the breath of God.
I believe the attached image to be both a contradiction and a confirmation. Miro pushed his art to the edges of creativity.Yet when I look at this picture I see 20,000 year old drawings and figures one might expect to find in the Lascaux Caves in France. But I also see the beginnings of what is to become great 20th century “modern” art. I call this picture “Cave Drawings at the Miro”
From Boston to New York to Madrid (missed a flight) to Palma. Two Montserrat professors of the highest order, 8 students of extraordinary ability, one professional photographer (trained at Montserrat – where else?) and two retirees. All searching for the perfect landscape, a bit of adventure and of course the meaning to life. Given the location and the leadership, the first two were easy. How could you go wrong in a place like Mallorca? The third posed a slightly more difficult challenge. But after several days search, Jane discovered at least part of the answer hidden inside the walled city of Alcudia. For those who have oft wondered, “Boxers or briefs?” Briefs it is.
At Calcite Selleras, the shoemaker in Porreres, Mallorca, we were able to choose the style of the shoe and the kind of leather we wanted. The shoemaker had the shoe I wanted already in the hoe mold. Less than two weeks the shoes will be ready.
I have never tasted anything as delicious as the fruit and vegetables in Mallorca. These oranges were so fresh that the skin came off with one peel. They were as juicy as they look.
Photo by Bridget Mahan, ©All Rights Reserved
One of my favorite spots while we explored in Mallorca. Sitting on the walls that surrounded Alcúdia while staring off into the moutains was by far one of the most memorable parts of this trip. I felt so at peace while the rest of the Island went about their business and all I had to worry about was myself.
Photo by Veronica Palermo
December 28th, 2016 was our first day in Mallorca. I have never been out of the country before so I had no idea what to do or expect from this trip. When we (Ron, Veronica, Lynnett, Karen, and I) reached the top of the mountain of Monti-Sion this was the first full experience. The mixture of thoughts and feelings were basically bewilderment and excitement. I had never seen a view like this before, it was a bonding moment. Ever since this moment, the first 10 minutes, I fell in love with this island and the gift of travel.
Photo by Bridget Mahan, ©All rights reserved.
Roaming around Alcúdia I noticed some of the streets were lined or covered with vegetation. Mallorca is lush with trees and plants I’ve never seen before, like from a fairy tale. The day we were there it was very quiet on the side streets, it was 4 pm and cloudy. Then I spotted this teenager down the road unlocking his bike, going about his day. I wanted to capture how different the atmosphere was compared to America, because nothing in this photograph resembles where I’m from, it’s too relaxed and full of (healthy) life.
Photo by Bridget Mahan, ©All rights reserved.
The evening drive along the coast of Mallorca, from Deia to Andratx, was spectacular. We left Monti-sion at 9:30 AM and made perfect timing to catch the sun setting on the winding roads of MA10 at 5:00 PM. We stopped a few times along the drive to experience the atmosphere. The setting sun sent its rays in all directions colouring the sky with yellows, pinks and blues. While everyone was taking their moment with the landscape I climbed up a hill and captured my moment. I focused on the retreating sun, the workings of the landscape that traces the skyline, my teachers and peers next to the car and my emotional reaction.
This moment, for me, was a warm hug, like the landscape was nurturing me. It was explaining to me that in life we lose ourselves and want to disappear, but the beauty of what the earth and interpersonal connections can give to you is worth fighting those feelings for.
Photo by Bridget Mahan, © All rights reserved.
Not a day goes by that I don’t close my eyes and pretend I’m back in Mallorca. I believe that any single experience can change the way you look at life. As an optimist, we always look for the positive side in any situation. Mallorca reminded me, and still does, that life and the people that surround us are a blessing. We should try and take as much from each moment as we can. When life gives you lemons, make the most delicious glass of lemonade.
Post by Rachel Stirberg
This is La Catedral (La Seu in Catalan) in Palma, Mallorca. An imposing structure at any time of the day, at night the cathedral glows in all of its Gothic glory. Construction began in 1229 but was not completed until 1601. Now that’s a long-term project! It’s interior is just as stunningly beautiful with features designed by the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí and the contemporary artist Miquel Barceló. Inside and out, the cathedral is a monumental structure of influence and flavor with soaring pinnacles, flying buttresses and a bewildering pastiche of styles. It is the second highest of all the Gothic cathedrals with its interior nave reaching 144 feet high.You just have to see it for yourself! Photo © Ron DiRito 2015