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