So apparently it was the hottest July for 40 years. Odd, I had thought that 2003 was the hottest everything, ever. But there you go. All I do know is that is that it has been damned hot - at 33 or 34 on average every day. And then August starts and suddenly there’s cloud. Curious how the weather can shift almost exactly on monthly schedule. Three years ago - during that long, long very hot summer - the weather collapsed exactly on the 1st of September.
I’ve been trying to compile some best-of places. Difficult when there are so many. But in a couple of categories - the English breakfast and fresh orange juice - here are some stand-outs. On breakfast, The Brunel Inn in Puerto Alcúdia - the egg is always runny (that’s a big plus point); Canny Lad also in Puerto Alcúdia (economical but I can forego the Geordie delicacy that is the tinned tomato); Bar Pepe, across from the Flora Apartments in Puerto Pollensa - Spanish but tip-top. Mail me - firstname.lastname@example.org - with your own favourites.
On orange juice, I’m always a bit disappointed if a place doesn’t offer fresh juice. Of those that do, here are some top-raters: in Puerto Alcúdia, Café L’Illa on the Paseo and Ca’n Tomas. At Illa the juice is so thick with “bits” that they get stuck in the straw, but really good. In the old town of Alcúdia, Café La Sala, across from the town hall. Their juices are so smooth, they’re almost like smoothies. Superb orange juice, and the apple juice is also nectar.
In Puerto Pollensa, Bony’s always a sure thing for fresh juice, Gran Café is too expensive at 2.85 euros but it’s still good. Less great: in Pollensa, Café Juma, 2.50 for a small glass. Not great value at all. Again, mail me - email@example.com - with your own favourites.
Oh, and just on coffee - I’m still convinced that Ca’s Capella in Alcúdia old town is the best of all.
Back to an old theme - crazy driving. I pulled up at the lights in front the Parc Natural Hotel in Playa de Muro, indicating to go right. A car squeezed in on my right side so as to be able to get away first, which it did. Up the road at the pedestrian crossing by the Esperanza, the car did not stop for a line of people waiting to cross. The driver? I kid you not, it was a nun.
Index for July 2006
EMAILING THIS BLOG - 23 July 2006
All-inclusives - 20 July 2006
Animal charity - 8 July 2006
Banks - 3 July 2006
Beach tents - 15 July 2006
Beaches - 27 July 2006
Cala San Vicente - 4 July 2006, 23 July 2006
Closure - 4 July 2006
Consumer choice - 20 July 2006
Credito Balear (bank) - 3 July 2006
“Daily Bulletin” - 26 July 2006
Disabled - 9 July 2006
Eroski Syp - 3 July 2006
“Euro Weekly” - 9 July 2006
Festival of Pollensa - 8 July 2006, 9 July 2006
Fiestas - 8 July 2006, 26 July 2006
Guardia Civil - 15 July 2006
Hotels - 20 July 2006
Illegal selling - 3 July 2006
Jellyfish - 4 July 2006, 23 July 2006
Kerbstones - 9 July 2006
La Sexta (television channel) - 9 July 2006
Little Britain supermarket - 8 July 2006
Makassar Restaurant - 31 July 2006
Neptuno II Restaurant - 4 July 2006
Palma Airport - 9 July 2006
Patrona Fiesta, Pollensa - 26 July 2006
Playa de Muro - 26 July 2006
Puerto Pollensa - 26 July 2006
Queueing - 3 July 2006
Road accidents - 27 July 2006
Service - 3 July 2006
Spanish Civil War - 15 July 2006
Street selling - 3 July 2006
Summer music - 27 July 2006
Supermarkets - 3 July 2006
Tiberi Restaurant - 31 July 2006
Tourism economics - 26 July 2006
Tropical Minigolf - 4 July 2006
Verge del Carme Fiesta, Puerto Pollensa - 8 July 2006
World Cup - 4 July 2006, 9 July 2006