So I've been asked to do a guest post by the lovely Virtual Rhiality, slight disclaimer: she's my wife, however that in no way detracts from her loveliness.
I'm going to steal one of her ideas for this post, which I do often, and follow her "My month in pictures" format.
This month has been crazy, house hunting, estate agents, finding a house, more estate agents, work, a family holiday and then the actual house move. All with a three year old. Amazingly we seem to be getting through all of this relatively unscathed, all due completely to the brilliance of my wife who not only keeps us all organised and on schedule but manages to do it all with unbelievable grace, patience and good humour...... all with a three year old!
Anyway, on with the pictures.
After finally finding a house, we went off on our travels. To Palma, the city that's been the most constant place in my life. I've been coming here since I was about 3 and my family has owned a property here since the 60's. In fact, my parents honeymooned at the Nixe Palace in 1963! Seeing my little boy playing on beaches and running through the streets that I did at his age made my heart sing.
|Beautiful, crystal clear beaches|
|I learnt to swim here!!|
|Special mention to this guy. If they ever do a Palma CSI||This guy has to get an audition|
Palma has changed enormously over the years I have been visiting. The money that flooded the island in the 90's put a shiny veneer over Palma. Every return trip I was greeted with yet more high end boutiques and champagne bars where once traditional tailors and tapas bars stood. Thankfully, the march towards hegemony which threatened to turn Palma into an oligarch's playground, devoid of any individuality, seems to have stalled.
Poverty was always evident in Palma during my childhood, it's not something to be swept away and driven out of sight lest it put people off their mimosas'. It's the truth of the island and when you love something, you love it completely. Latest figures suggest that 45,000 children in Palma are living below the poverty line, that's a terrifying 56% of the children living on the island.
Apologies for rambling off topic, on with the pictures.
|Well deserved, MASSIVE G&T|
|My little one with his new pal|
|I proposed to my amazing wife next to that lighthouse!|