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Oct 31, 2013

On Tuesday afternoon the island clouded over and an epic thunderstorm decided to distract us from work. It was so dark I could barely see my keyboard! It lead to a rainbow with both ends over Parc Bit, so at least work has never looked so pretty.

Last night I went for Tap Palma with Cristina, Emilia and Tilde. It’s a tapas competition with restaurants entering a couple of dishes each, customers doing routes to taste them, and then voting for the winner. A couple of the ones we tried (sobrasada with foie, yes please!) we’re lush. Must find a good tapas bar in London!

Earlier DEL CAME BACK after an epic 2 week absence, and now we’re in Zurich, on our way to Tel Aviv. We had a sunny lunch at Darsena on the waterfront before setting out. It felt so good to be dining outside on the last day of October! Just one more reason to love Palma.

Oct 28, 2013

I think this weekend was the last weekend of beaches for the year. Cala Mondrago on Saturday, then Cala Mayor yesterday. Filled in with a fun night out and some tasty food. Loved having Ruth here again and now there are just 2 days left until holiday! Woohoo!

Sunset cocktails at Puerto Portals is something I have known I should do all summer, but only got around to yesterday. It’s a really fun bar over the rocks, with the perfect sunset spot and overpriced, but delicious cocktails. Plus it was fun picking our way back across the beach in the pitch black!
Oct 26, 2013

Sunset cocktails at Puerto Portals is something I have known I should do all summer, but only got around to yesterday. It’s a really fun bar over the rocks, with the perfect sunset spot and overpriced, but delicious cocktails. Plus it was fun picking our way back across the beach in the pitch black!

Oct 26, 2013

Well I think it’s fairly clear that I got a bit bored of posting to this blog every day. The problem is that, when working, life often isn’t that interesting. Even when you live in Mallorca! It lasted a few months longer than I expected though, so that’s a bonus!

So what have I been up to in the past week? Dinner at Cristina’s new flat, which saw me fall off Del’s bike straight into the road.

Mum, Dad and I had a wonderful weekend. Going to some gardens near Soller on Friday, followed by dinner in a charming - and incredibly local feeling - restaurant in Pollença. On Sat we drove the mountain road to Deia, which M&D loved, then Valledemossa, which they didn’t love as much. Then Sunday we went to Puerto Portals, had a Chinese then hit the beach with pregnant food bellies. They both lasted longer sunbathing than I expected! And check out my Dad with Flint who popped in to watch Downton on Sunday night.

This week has been un-notable as I am alone here. But I have sold Boris. Sad to see him go, but relieved to have one thing off my mind! Now I’m waiting for Ruth at the airport for another fun weekend.

Oct 24, 2013

Well I think it’s fairly clear that I got a bit bored of posting to this blog every day. The problem is that, when working, life often isn’t that interesting. Even when you live in Mallorca! It lasted a few months longer than I expected though, so that’s a bonus!

So what have I been up to in the past week? Dinner at Cristina’s new flat, which saw me fall off Del’s bike straight into the road.

Mum, Dad and I had a wonderful weekend. Going to some gardens near Soller on Friday, followed by dinner in a charming - and incredibly local feeling - restaurant in Pollença. On Sat we drove the mountain road to Deia, which M&D loved, then Valledemossa, which they didn’t love as much. Then Sunday we went to Puerto Portals, had a Chinese then hit the beach with pregnant food bellies. They both lasted longer sunbathing than I expected! And check out my Dad with Flint who popped in to watch Downton on Sunday night.

This week has been un-notable as I am alone here. But I have sold Boris. Sad to see him go, but relieved to have one thing off my mind! Now I’m waiting for Ruth at the airport for another fun weekend.

Oct 14, 2013

Had such a smashing weekend with Mum and Dad. They have hired a villa near Pollença, so it meant exploring a little more of the island. I discovered:
* Pollença town is beautiful and has the perfect plaza for an outside evening meal (seafood risotto in my case).
* Cap Formentor is also beautiful, from a dramatic landscape point-of-view. But getting to the lighthouse at the end involves scary mountain roads, traffic jams and a totally underwhelming end goal!
* Port de Pollença is as good a lunch spot as Del and I first thought. Sitting out on the water eating delicious food is one of the best ways to spend Sunday afternoon.
* And Downton Abbey with a glass of local (elderflower tinged) dessert wine, a tub of Ben & Jerrys and 2 of your favourite people is one if the best ways to spend Sunday night.
* Monday morning is better when you see a sunrise like that!

One thing I hadn’t done yet was get trapped in the tourist trap of a cafe in front of the cathedral. It was the perfect spot for an (over-priced) evening G&T as the sun went down.
Oct 14, 2013

One thing I hadn’t done yet was get trapped in the tourist trap of a cafe in front of the cathedral. It was the perfect spot for an (over-priced) evening G&T as the sun went down.

Oct 7, 2013

Myra and James visited this weekend. As usual this meant too much to eat and drink, but it was lovely. Friday we just chilled at home. Then Saturday we had a walk up to the castle (something which I haven’t done in ages), Sangria on Illetes beach then dinner at Las Olas. The sangria was better than the Vietnamese pork salad, but nothing beat the steamed shrimp dumplings!

On Sunday we drove up to the ‘dulce’ market in Esporles, which happens on the first Sunday in October every year. It was insanely busy and the whole town was given over to market stalls selling anything you can think of, although not as many sweet treats as the name suggests. To send the weekend of in style we headed up to Valledemossa for lunch and a rummage through the surprisingly good shops. Well Myra and I did. Ha!

Then it was back to reality. I have taken to meditating after work (well, I did it once) to try and bring my stress levels in check before the evening. Working well so far!

Oct 1, 2013

Every cloud

Yesterday I spend the evening cleaning. While I was doing that I was thinking about how much I’ll miss this beautiful flat. It really is dreamy. From marble floors to sliding giant door and the (freezing cold) pool. I’m almost as sad to leave this flat as I am Mallorca.

However today my offer was accepted on the flat I saw on Saturday. Yippeeeee! Fingers crossed this means a whole new era. Someone just needs to keep my grand plans in check!

Sep 29, 2013

This week I’ve been in London and it was nowhere near as exciting as Champagne! Work-wise I was attending Social Media Week, which was seriously interesting and gave me lots of ideas, not to mention lots of enthusiasm.

Ruth, Nadia and I went to The Drift in the Heron Tower on Thursday, with a trip in the lift first. It is awesome, so fast it feels like you’re falling on top of London. Was great to see the girls and have some crazy cocktails.

Friday I stayed at Lauren’s not-so-new flat. It was the perfect Friday night with some fizzy Cosmo, great chat and trashy TV.

Saturday I put an offer on a flat in Leytonstone which I expect will get rejected, saw Chremma’s new house and flew home. Was weird leaving/arriving knowing it was for the last time. So great to be back though and have had a relaxing Sunday by myself. Wonderful!

Sep 23, 2013

Day 3 in Champagne has been much like the others; fabulous amounts of eating and drinking! I was first up again, then Mum and I went to Rilly Montagne to get brekkie pastries while the others nursed their hangovers.

Mum, Dad and I then set off for a drive along route de Champagne, only stopping for photo breaks. Then, after lunch, we headed for a tour of Lanson. It was so interesting to see a large-scale commercial operation vs. yesterday’s small affairs. We saw bottling, some of the 7km of cellars and a fraction of the 6million bottles they are aging. It was so interesting.

After a glass of Lanson’s finest reserve, the olds headed off for some more tastings. Pommery was a great success with a tasting of 4 (normal, 100% pinot, 100% chardonnay and a reserve). Unfortunately the success ended their and everything else was closed!

Dinner was at a brasserie near the afternoon’s houses. Delicious, but over-priced. Enjoyable though of course. Followed by some chilling back in le loft. Perfect almost-end to the weekend.

Sep 22, 2013

A brilliant day 2 in Champagne. 3 glasses at local Chauvet and then a walk down Avenue de Champagne in Epernay with a few more glasses before lunch. Most people prefer a Pinot Noir / Meunier mix, but I kinda like the ones with Chardonnay.

This afternoon we relaxed in the hot tub / sauna before dinner and a rather heated articulate. Family bonding bliss (ish).

Sep 21, 2013

This morning started with a wander up to Montmatre, petit dejuner and a gallop up the Sacre Coere steps. Then we caught a high-speed, super-comfy train to Reims and a taxi to Le Loft in Villers Anderand. It’s an absolutely beautiful apartment, and came with champagne in the fridge, which is probably the best welcome to any place!

This evening we went into Reims for a Michelin starred dinner that was in a weird office-like restaurant, but the food was spot on. 4 course + amuse bouche later and we are totally stuffed, but very happy Goodenoughs. So happy to be all together for family bonding weekend!

Sep 21, 2013

Thursday night we went up to Deia for dinner with Jenny and Milo where we had some gorgeous tapas and watched the moon rise over the mountains.

On Friday afternoon we flew to Paris. I have been so exited about this weekend and am so happy it’s here! Once settled into out hotel (and upgraded to boot) we set out for a mammoth Paris by foot expedition (plotted by Jenny and I the night before!).

After walking down to the river we had a glass of Bordeaux on L’ile St. Louis before heading into Sant Germain. Del couldn’t resist the first fondue restaurant we went by and I must say it was a bloody good choice!

To try and burn it off we strolled down the river all the way to the Eiffel Tower, taking in the Louvre, Champs Élysées and Arc de Triomphe on the way. Despite being knackered we made it there in time for the 1am twinkly light show (not its official name!). It was beautiful and Del’s face when we reached the tower was well worth the walk.

Sep 18, 2013

Having Wednesdays off work is the way forward! After a long lie in we headed down to Puerto Portals for brunch. Avocado, bacon and chicken coronation salad. Yum! Then we hit the beach for a lazy afternoon of swimming, reading and a cheeky cocktail. The Porters headed off to a hotel this evening, so it was a chilled bake off evening for me. Smashing!