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Valldemossa ~ A village with meaning

You know what the best thing about having a car on an island is? EXPLORATION! I am lucky to have a partner who is just as in love with getting lost as I am. I love not having a destination or a plan since most of my life is somewhat planned and I usually know which direction I am headed in. Our trip to Mallorca was a welcome respite from the world, I sort of feel like I was a part of the world but not “in” it. Ah, the bliss. I learned a lot from our trip to the sweet village of Valldemossa in the Balearic Islands. The air was fresh and clean with a hint of pine and eucalyptus wafting through the open fields and narrow stone streets. Lemon and tangerine trees were in full fruitage, the people of Valldemossa celebrate their fruit harvest like no other I have ever seen. I found it refreshing to notice how much the village residents appreciated their fruit trees. As you will see in this little photo journal Valldemossa is charming and most of all, imperfectly perfect.
Valldemossa mallorcawallflowersEvery balcony was adorned with plants, flowers, chairs and sometimes laundry. Everything about this village exudes quality and cleanliness. The shops and cafes are impeccably curated with the traditional Mallorquin style; casual and colorful. The houses all had dark green shutters which they keep open to let the air flow into their homes. I loved to see the unique design of each balcony and how the use of the native flowers and plants were seen everywhere. We even got to say hello to a cute little terrier pup out from one of the windows! How cute is he? I bet he and Popcorn would have gotten along very well indeed!
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The wallflowers were also a staple style in the village of Valldemossa. Every single house had pots hanging on the wall with vines or a trailing plant. Succulents love the weather in this region for its weather, much like Arizona. I was amazed at how many plants we have here in Arizona that are also in Mallorca, it was almost like being at home but not really. 

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Now to the best part….we noticed plaques like the one below on every house, right by the front door. The little pieces of art were all different but always had Santa Catalina somewhere on them. I later learned Santa Catalina Thomas was a woman who joined the convent at the age of 21 after both her parents died. She is most well known for her humility and frugal principles, passing at the age of 43 in Palma where her body is still believed to be  in perfect condition. The village of Valldemossa has dedicated a shrine to Santa Catalina, and if you ever visit you can walk to Calle Rectoria where the shrine is located. These plaques remind me to appreciate the principles is life that create a more harmonious world for all of us.
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Have you ever visited the Balearic Islands before? If so, which is your favorite? Do you have some find memories from there you would like to share? Wishing you all a wonderful day! Be sure to come back tomorrow and check out the series, Vive La Differnece I did with Tina from Colourliving, I just know you will love her!  We will be appreciating the differences and honoring the Mediterranean right here on Friday!

Jocelyn xx

All photography by Jocelyn Casey edited with VSCO Kodak 400 filter. 

  • April 10, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    Linda Anker - I absolutely love these photos!!! Thanks for sharing them. It’s also nice to learn a little history about the locations you visit. Especially love the photo of the black and white dog peaking out the window at you…!!!ReplyCancel

    • April 10, 2014 - 10:05 pm

      admin - Thank you so much, Mom! We loved it there and can’t wait to go back! Maybe next year we can travel to Mallorca with you guys! xxReplyCancel

  • April 10, 2014 - 5:14 pm

    Will @ Bright.Bazaar - Oh my goodness, Jocelyn, you have captured what Toby and I love so much about the Balearic Islands: the peaceful beauty, weathered textures, quiet rustic towns and rich colours, textures and flavours. What a beautiful post and stunning photography. And don’t get me started on that little pooch – what a darling! 🙂 xReplyCancel

    • April 10, 2014 - 10:07 pm

      admin - Thank you, Will! Your compliments make me blush! This area was so peaceful to me and it was that kind of peace that was beyond my understanding. Do you know what I mean? I bet you and Toby are beyond excited to celebrate your love for one another this summer in Menorca! I have never been there so I look forward to the photos! Maybe a local whippet will join in on the ceremony? Woof! xxReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2014 - 6:10 am

    tina@colourlviing - What a beautiful post and account of your trip to M. It’s been years and years since I last went but Valldemossa looks totally charming.

    I remember when I was 18 and in Tuscany for the summer with my then boyfriend. One day, we decided to hire a car and get lost on the coast and in small villages. It was beautiful and at 18 we didn’t have a care in the world!….Oh, and we ended up in Portofino. Heaven on earth:-)

    These days I don’t make enough time for getting lost. Thanks for the reminder:-))

    Glad you had a magical time xReplyCancel

    • April 11, 2014 - 2:15 pm

      admin - Tuscany sounds amazing, Tina and to have stumbled upon Portofino?! I think I may have felt I was in a fairly princess movie! Don’t you love the memories from those places that captured your heart and in your case, your free spirit from what it sounds like? Let’s get lost somewhere today, together! xxReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2014 - 6:34 pm

    Anja (savorychicks) - Valldemossa is one of my favorite places in Mallorca. Your lovely travel report makes me want to go back soon! Each trip is full of Inspiration.ReplyCancel

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