Following on from the recent article on “What do Rotarians do when they’re not Ratarying?”, where the answer was to eat and drink, I can now tell you that they also walk, eat and drink!

On 9 December, President Ralf and 20 Members, partners and friends met up at the bottom of the Born in Palma at 6.30. The aim was to wander around, view the tremendous Christmas lights which were on display and then go for a drink and Tapas. And that is exactly what happened. Very ably lead by our President, Ralf seen below participating in some ‘wife swopping’ – Ulla with John legate and Ralf with Bernie Knight, before we’d even started!

Some 20 people following Ralf, on a mild, but windy evening, walked (well sauntered really!) up the Born and then through the side streets to Placa de Cort, admiring the lights and the brightly lit shops. Outside the Town Hall, Palma we wondered at the lights which stretched from the Town Hall to surrounding buildings which provided a brilliant canopy, as you can see, from the picture below. Also, we wondered at the ‘oldest tree’ on the Island which grows there. This is not the time or place to ask ‘How do they know? However, the guide books say that the famous ‘Olivera de Cort’ is a six hundred-year-old tree which was transported to Palma from the Pedruixella Petit estate in Pollença in 1389 as a symbol of peace. The olive tree is 7 metres high and very popular among visitors who attempt to find faces on its trunk, including an ear, the ‘Orella de Mallorca’. So, a little bit of culture and history along the way.

Anyway, from the Placa de Cort the President took us through the Placa Major and on through the side streets where we viewed some fantastic nativity figures in the courtyard of the BBVA Building. Below is just one picture of what was a magnificent tableau of figures showing the nativity from the angel appearing to the shepherds, the journey by the holy family to Nazareth etc.

Again, the lights in the side streets were tremendous to look at and had obviously attracted a number of visitors. On we wandered and under the direction of President Ralf, with some nudges it has to be said from Ulla, with the aim of reaching the Ramblas. However, before we reached that point the party disintegrated. Some wanted to do some shopping, some wanted to get to the Tapas bar we were all headed for and some just decided they couldn’t wait for a drink. So, a short stop was made for refreshments. Thank you Peter de P who treated us. As you can see from the picture John Legate raised his glass to our benefactor

After a further leisurely walk down the Ramblas, we all met up at Tast near the top of the Born for a very welcome vino and tapas. Such a good evening, delightful company and memorable sights. Thank you, Ralf and Ulla, for organising. For those of you who couldn’t make it, or are not on the Island, you missed a treat. But there’s always next year.

byline Mike Knight