Our Beautiful World

Holiday in Menorca III  

Thursday, another day for bicycling.

but first a little more about Wednesday..
We had an appointment with a friend at 10. He waited for us outside another hotel for about half an hour with no luck, of course.
Then he found out his mistake, and found us outside our hotel.
He brought us in his car out along the coast of the fiord going up to Mahon, down to Es Castell (The Castle),
a town that the english founded when they were here in the 18th century.
They built a fortress here, and called the town for Georgetown.
Many of the houses are still there, built in an english style. The fortress, however, were totally destroyed during the first part of the next
century, when the spaniards took over the island.
They would have no signs left of the english dominance. So Queen Isabella of Spain found that it wasn't as bad to have a fortress there.
After all, Mahon and Georgetown had one of the very best harbours in the Mediterranean Sea, and well worth protectingø.
So another fortress was built, now on a little island in the middle of the fiord.

Back to the hotel again for a cup of coffee. Then rest of the day was spent painting and making web-pages about the birds and flora here.

Thursday March 10th.

As said before, to day was a day for bicycling. And we are going farther and farther in shorter and shorter time.

To day we went off about 10:00 to Es Grau, where we arrived about 11:00. A friendly small village.

It did not take to long to look around from our bicycles, and then we parked at the parkinglot, and went down to the beach.

and the beach ('badestrand' in norwegian, as shown on the map) looked like this: :

Out to the right, you might see the path going uphill. (Will com back to that).

On the beach there were a lot of those round things, made up by fiber of something. We wondered from where it came.
We still do. But they were everywhere on the beach.

So uphill on the main path (hovedstien), and out to the right to have a view....
And guess what we saw!

Suddenly we were not on a walk-about any longer.
We stayed here for more than three hours - Can you imagine why?.

On our way back to the original beach, sun was shining, and it made the flowers to......

blossom and to drip small pearls of honey from the flowers.
If we understood things right, this one is blooming during March and April, fruits coming during May,
and then it looses its leaves in June.
That's to cope with dry weather during the months of summer.
At autumn the leaves comes out again, and so it is green during the winter.

Now back from the red circle in upper part of the map, out to the left to the eastern part of Albufera National Park.
It was the western part we visited on Tuesday. You may notice small part of the lake far to the left.

At first there were small bushes and tall grass - and a lot of flowers, of course.

Here a close-up of what we believe is called Erica - see page 2 or the flora-page.
but soon we were in kind of a wood.

tall pines, bowing down because of the all-time continuing wind from the sea.

Here again one of the many walls of stone. (70.000 km, you remember?).
In this one, a well was mounted in, from where they could draw up fresh water,
let it down on the side, so their accompanying animals could have a drink there.


So out in the wetland again.
Her var det, bortsett fra noen hundre sothøner, hegrene som dominerte.
A pair of grey herons, and more of the white ones, both large and small, but we were not able to identify them properly.
A few cormorants were also dwelling here.
One or two birds of prey, but also non-identified.

The trip home only lasted 45 minutes on the road which was about 11-12 kilometers.
Think we also made a few kilometers more while walking around.
A wonderful day we will not so soon forget.

To morrows weatherforecast says light cloudy in the morning, else a day as fine as to day.
So will see what we do then.

End of Thursday.


Again, a little more about the hotel.

We enjoy our new room. Sun is coming up out to the right, and sunset is to the left. All day sun is in front of us.

Swimmingpool is just below, allthough it is not adviseable to dive from the balcony.
However, except for one time, we have been bathing in the sea.

Last preparations before we go.

It took a little more time to day to get going (someone says its because we have 'grown old'(?).
11:30 we are on our way. To day we wanted to go along an old famous road, Cami d'en Kane,
which was built in the beginning of the 1800's when the english ones wanted a road all the way from Mahon on the east coast,
to Ciutadella on the west coast.
The road still is there, and covered by asphalt/tarmac. It is a recommended tour for tourist because of its beauty, and you may cycle, ride or walk -
whatever you decide. To walk is a trip of about 4 hours.

We went as far as the red arrow shows. There the road was going down-hill, and we decided not to go any farther.

Open agricultural areas with fiels and some cows and sheep.
A lot of flowers along the road.
Soon we see some of the 70.000 km's walls of stone.
On bicycle, speed limit is only 30 km..........
rockwalls on both sides,
and road is going  f a r   ahead.
and even more far ahead.
Weather was cloudy, that's why we decided this trip for the day.
Siesta and some food.
Nice company while we sat there...
Just before end of the road, the plateau on which we have been riding, ended, and the road were into sharp curves down the hill
to where it ended, about one or two kilometers further on.
We didn't want to think of climbing up that part again,
so we turned back.

The top you see ahead here, is the highest point on the island,
El Toro, at 357 meters asl.

We were back at the hotel after a trip lasting apprx. 4 hours..
Our return was made in hard wind coming toward us. Tired. But very well satisfied.

A video from Youtube shows part of the road..

Page no. 4 is right here, just click.

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