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Palma de Majorca, “Our” Mediterranean Gem.

June 20, 2009

A few months ago I posted an article:  Anselm Kiefer In Palma de Majorca, Spain.

As Kiefer is one of my favorite painters the location of that recent show in Palma somehow lodged in the deep recesses of my brain, so when our cruise ship stopped there a few weeks ago, even though I couldn’t recall its name I did at least remember there was a great museum on the island.

N and I decided to forgo any guided tours and explore Palma on our own on foot. We left the ship and started walking behind a group of people who seemed to know where they were going, or at least we assumed they were walking in the direction of town and lucky for us they were.

An unusual sight along the way.

It wasn’t long before we were walking passed the marina along a major street full of cafes, small shops and restaurants, and guessed we were on the right track heading toward “civilization.”

After stopping at one of those small shop’s we inquired as to the whereabouts of the modern art museum and were happily informed that it was only 2 blocks away. 

Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. 

The museum building is composed of concrete, steel and glass which is masterfully incorporated into the remains of an old stone fortress; they work brilliantly together. On entering the museum I was surprised to discover that the Anselm Kiefer exhibit was still on. What a thrill it was for me to see first hand his enormous “elegiac” paintings which have such power. N enjoyed them too (an added bonus for me). He also appreciated the stunning combination of old and new architecture. 

After viewing Kiefer’s work and a Robert Maplethorpe photography exhibit we felt so full from the visual experience that were almost ready to return to the ship. But the day was still young so we found an English speaking taxi driver who gave us a personal tour of Palma. Carlos was in his element showing us the city that he loves and we quickly understood why.

From narrow streets………………..

With private courtyards……………………

Each with its own character…………

From grand cathedrals……………………

With patient horses (and buggies) waiting outside…………….

To grand sweeping vistas…………….

Palma de Majorca is an island city that I would visit again in a heartbeat – if only it wasn’t so far away.

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