Rain in Spain & A Trip to Alcudia

Today was a complete washout at the ITF Individual World Championships…it poured around 8 am, complete with thunder and lightning (the type of lightning which in the USA would stop play for hours, though we hit for about 10 minutes while lightning was striking). I hit a few serves in pouring rain, then did not go directly back to the apartment as I should have but instead walked first to the ITF office to drop off something and then to the front desk to drop off my racquets for stringing. Once I did that, it was still pouring…the sidewalk in front and street were completely covered with water, so I went the back route…and to cross the street to our apartment I had to wade into ankle deep water! I had to put those tennis shoes into the dryer along with the ones which were left by the back door!

Below…early morning photo of the neighbors’ olive tree…I was working out early in the garden in case it rained…good thing too.

Play was delayed, then at noon, cancelled for everyone in our apartment, so we decided to go to Alcudia, a partially walled town about an hour to the west of Font de sa Cala.

James the II of Aragon (son of Kim James 1, who ousted the Moors from Mallorca) founded Alcudia in the early 13th century. A square and the church were built in 1298 and the walls around the town completed in 1362. In 1779 the harbour was constructed to support the town which boosted the economy and saved Alcudia. Alcudia has many houses dating back to the 13th century, narrow streets and is known for its many small restaurants.

We arrived as the Sunday market was getting ready to close up, but still managed to buy some vegetables…tomorrow we’ll be cooking up some chanterelle mushrooms with pasta…yum!

After leaving the market we walked through the entrance to the old city, through the narrow and busy Main Street which is lined by shops and a lot of gelato places and restaurants to the portion of the city wall where we were able to climb up to and walk on. From the top we could see the sea and most of the old town. The wall had cutouts for archers, and is nicely restored. We could even see the bull fighting ring though it wasn’t open to peek inside. After walking back to the meeting spot we wandered around a little more and drove back to Font de sa Cala, where it had continued raining (in Alcudia it was merely sprinkling). It was a really nice afternoon.

At the Beach Club we met up with some Americans, Brenda Carter, Wendy McColskey and others and found out they had walked in the rain to the castle in Capdepera and back! 25, 000 steps more or less (I had only around 11,000). Tennis players do not like to sit around and watch it rain.

Tomorrow Susan and still do not play so are driving to practice with Tracey, Tim and Carolyn Lane.

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