BB09XX : Los Chicos y las Chicas de la Bota

11th - 14th May 2009

View from Gran Hotel room

The Soller tram

Town Square decorated

Soller cathedral from Gran Hotel roof

The roof top panorama

The "Citadel" with Christian flag....

.... and post- Gaudi window

The Moors start to congregate

Reinforcements arrive

and more Moors

and their women

plus their children

The odd Christian is to be seen

The Moors celebrate their defeat....

.... with gusto

Soller and its hills

Oranges a-plenty

A welcoming farmhouse cafe.....

..... and its garden

Leaving the farmhouse

Rural art

Port de Soller shop

Return by tram

The Port de Soller panorama

Crocodile Island

Not so decorative waterbutts

Panorama from the Port de Soller Watchtower

The little kid

Don & Margaret and Port de Soller

Approaching Deia

Deia Washing

Los Chicos y las Chicas de la Bota at Cipriani's, Soller

 Don, May 2009

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Los Chicos
y las Chicas
de la Bota

BOOTboys Philip and I,
in company with Ann and Margaret plus our skiing pals, Dave and Pam, went to Majorca to become
los chicos y las chicas
de la bota

We based ourselves in the lovely old town of Soller, little realising it was to become a war zone.

Even as we unpacked, strangely dressed people with blacked up faces started wandering into the town, making a great deal of noise, carrying Turkish flags and brandishing an array of weapons. 

The hotel staff warned us that the town was being over-run by Muslims and it would be some hours
before the Christian reinforcements would
arrive to rescue us.

Meanwhile they warned of extreme danger of leaving the grounds and best to eat at the hotel restaurant. 

Holed up like war correspondents, with the hotel gate firmly closed against marauders, we watched the Muslim commander climb the tower of the citadel and capture the Christian flag
(it looked just like St George’s to me).

The square was full of thousands of brigands.  Bombs were going off all around.

Confident that our troops were on their way, we dined in relaxed style like First World War generals whilst the heat of the battle erupted all around us.

After an excellent meal,
we emerged onto the battleground to find that,
as planned, the Christians had indeed recaptured
the town and peace had been restored.

The strange thing was that there were hardly any Christians to be seen.

 The square was still full of hundreds of Turkish flag waving mercenaries celebrating their defeat.  

Bizarre but then the
Lord of Hosts moves
in very mysterious ways.

You can learn more about the Battle for Soller at Contemporary Balears
or Sant Ponç 1561

After such a
politically incorrect fiesta,
three days walking could have been almost an anti-climax.

However, the area between Soller, Port de Soller
and Deia is beautiful countryside and excellent walking territory even in the rain that we experienced - much softer and warmer than ours.  

And we saw a Hoopoe!

All in all, a most enjoyable short break.




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2009 Outings

  • BB0901 : A Gordon Day Out
    Thursday 8th January
  • BB0902 : Thank You,
    Aunty Ethel!
    Wednesday 14th January 
  • BB0903 : A Wicked Hike???
    Wednesday 21st January
  • BB0904 : Take a Mug With You
    Sunday 25th January
  • BB0905 : Down in the Forest
    Thursday 29th January
  • BB0906 : Not How But Where?
    Thursday 5th February
  • BB0907 : Binsey Can Wait
    (but Uncle Monty Can Not)
    Thursday 12th February
  • BB0908 : Badgers on the Line
    Thursday 5th March
  • BB0909 : It's not a W!
    Thursday 12th March
  • BB0910 : Up on the Roof
    Thursday 26th March
  • BB0911 : Not the Blisco Dashers
    Thursday 2nd April
  • BB0912 : John's Comeback
    Monday 6th April
  • BB0913 : Two Churches, a Pulpit and a Cherry Picker
    Thursday, 23rd April


  • BSKIB09 : BOOTskiboys in Saalbach
    14th - 21st March


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