Sunday, 21 April 2019

Mallorca Day 2

Mallorca Day 2

Apart Hotel Flora was a excellent value at £49 for one night. The cooking facilities were basic but we the apartment was a good size with a separate bedroom. The pool looked inviting the number of swimmers using it provided a strong clue to the temperature of the water,.

The local supermarket provided pain au raisin and bread and fruit for breakfast. We checked out at 10:30 and drove to Lidl in Pollenca to stock up. We had a message for Maria to say the appartment was ready for us at midday.

We unloaded the van but by the time the bikes were assembled the weather had started to get worse,

Lyn read her book whilst Robert amused himself by calling Talktalk and trying to get the data roaming to work on his phone. This was eventually achieved after they send a text and an app that reinstalled the setting. Not sure why it stopped working but it's now fixed.

Maria called in to collect the payment for the flat after which we cooked tea. A fresh asparagus started followed by steak served with fresh vegetables, mushrooms and homemade tomato sauce.

The forecast for Monday is worse than today but we are hoping to be able to fit in a short ride.

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Mallorca Day 2

Mallorca Day 2

Mallorca Day1

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Preparations for Mallorca were completed this morning with a quick ride on the Brompton into Bourne for an emergency tooth repair kit.I am hoping not to need it but a piece of tooth came away whilst eating a piece of bread. I now have enough filler for 24 filling. We set off to East Midlands airport just before midday and used the chauffeured parking. It was a short walk to the terminal, there was no though at the checkin and we were soon thought security. The restricted height in the body scanner meant Robert could not adopt the correct pose so had to be frisked. 
The flight was uneventful. We had extra leg room seats over the wing in the middle of the plane and as in previous years were the last to be served. This year we were in luck  as they had one off our first choice of toasted sandwiches left. 

It was a long walk from the gate to the baggage reclaim. By the time we had sorted the rental van out the bags were on the conveyor belt and the bikes had appeared. 

The van was collected from Sixt and we were pleased to see it had a good collection of dents and scratches which we checked against their check sheet. We arrived in Puerto Pollenca just before 10:00pm local time. Apart Hotel Flora was located and we found a parking spot outside for the van. The pizza restaurant opposite was still open so having checked in we wandered down for a meal. The pizza was ok but fresh tuna spaghetti disappointing and too salty. The cold beer was very welcome.

Robert 

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Tuesday 22nd a ride round the lake

Another fine forecast so we decided to to cycle a circuit of the lake. We started along the Eastern shore. The majority of the route round the East side was either on cycle paths or minor roads.


There was only one section of a few km where we had to join the road.

It had good views of the lake and mountains and the path was closer to the shore than the route on the old railway line . There was one short hill which was a bit of s surprise for s circuit round a lake.





We followed the path to the of the end of the lake and then joined the path on the western side on the old railway were had cycled on the day before . We diverted off the path at Douscard and found a small grocers and purchased two slices of quiche and a wholegrain baguette for lunch. We then continued to Saint Joripz where we diverted off the path. Lyn had expressed an interest in a small extension to the route she had seen whilst Googling in the morning . I had downloaded the route onto the Garmin. The small extension was a loop that climbed up away from the lake to the Col de Leschaux a climb in stages up to 900m.
The route ascended thought the village of Saint Eustache then onto Leschaux. It offered fine views over the lake and down to Annecy.




After Leschaux if was a 4 mile fast descent back to the lake bike path with more fine views over the lake.

On reaching Annecy we diverted to the old town for an ice cream. After the previous days meagre portion we decided on two scoops each and ended up with a very generous portion.





We decided to eat out for a change. A Thai restaurant was selected The Garmin took us within 50 feet but we could not find it. It was eventually located inside an arcade but was closed.A man passing saw our predicament and recommended another restaurant . He did not know the name of it but gave us the street name and said it was one street back from the canal.
After a comprehensive tour of the back streets restaurant Feuille de Lotus was finally located. The food was very good. They served s small selection of freshly prepared dishes . It was a little expensive 18 euros for s main course
but freshly prepared and good quality. We had Tom Yum and chicken curry and shared a portion of tempura vegetables to start.





After a good meal the Garmin guided us back the mile to our apartment.

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