So the final leg of our Mallorca holiday was spent mostly poolside at the Melia Victoria Hotel, situated on the Paseo Marítimo seafront palm-lined promenade and marina, a few minutes taxi drive from the town centre. The old town is a wonderful spot to just walk and let yourself get lost. Jostle with fellow tourists as you take in the cobbled backstreets filled with tapas restaurants (there are a great range of bars and restaurants that offer alfresco dining, either in hidden courtyards or on street corners and squares), or pop into one of the many clothing boutiques or bespoke art galleries. Also an ideal place to people watch. We headed 15 mins walk west to the borders of the old town, away from the main tourist area, and found a street (Carrer de Sant Magi) offering a great choice of international restauarants…a spot of Japanese was well needed after a week of tapas and pasta. Not to be missed is a tour around the massive and striking Gothic cathedral, with its adjoining palace and gardens. And just a few minutes drive along the coast why not search out a spot for sunset cocktail in one of the many quaint village harbours and ports. We will be back, hopefully soon.
Coming back from a holiday is always a bit depressing, but here on Planet Elldrew we’re no Party Poopers so we have decided to embrace the rest of the summer full of the “joie de vivre”! To do this we are voluntarily signing ourselves up to the 100 Happy Days Foundation movement, to make the world a happier place by logging a ‘happy moment’ for every one of the next 100 days.
We’re sure all our followers have already seen plenty of other participants posts, across a mix of social media platforms, but just in case it’s new to you, here are the rules:
- Every day submit a picture of what made you happy!
- It can be anything from a meet-up with a friend to a very tasty cake from a nearby coffee place, from a feeling of being at home after a hard day, to a favour you did for a stranger.
- It is not a happiness competition or a showing-off contest. If you try to make others jealous via your pictures then you lose without even starting. Same goes for cheating.
Planet Elldrew are tweaking the rules ever so slightly and will be posting their pics one day in arrears, so that we have time to appropriately consider our best daily moment and review and edit our snaps. You’ll be able to follow our daily posts via our Twitter or Facebook pages, and we’ll present periodic updates right here on our blog also.
Anyone else joining us? Can you be happy for 100 days in a row? We hope to not join the 71% of particpants who have already failed to stay happy for 100 days. Smile and wish us luck!
When on the west coast of Mallorca once must stop at Deia; a quaint little village high in the hills that has attracted the rich and famous for many years. The exclusive La Residencia Hotel is a favourite destination for Hollywood celebrities and European royalty. Michael Douglas/Catherine Zeta Jones, as well as Pierce Brosnan, have a holiday home in the area (our driver pointed out Pierce’s). Elldrew recommend, after a leisurely stroll around the town (and a few tipples to wet the whistle), that you dine at what has to be one of the most perfectly located restaurants, seaside, in the world…sip on refreshing wine whilst you tuck into the catch-of-the-day at Ca’s Patro March. We couldnt find their own page on the web so just read reviews from others. Bookings essential, but we guarantee you will not be disappointed on food, atmosphere or the views. Add it to your bucket list!
Summer to most offers the chance to explore new and exciting holiday destinations…so Elldrew recently spent a week with friends in a townhouse in the traditional village of Soller, North-West on the Spanish Island of Mallorca. A beautiful village to relax and enjoy the sights, which also provides a tram connecting the village to the more bustling Port, about 20 mins, providing even more restaruant and bar choices (with the hotels comes the tourists), but it is the most perfect spot to watch amazing sunsets. We hope you enjoy a few of our holiday snaps. We will be returning to this blog regularly just to remind ourselves that bits of paradise do really exist when it all gets a bit too much ‘daily grind city living’.
So we can’t quite work out what the cover image has to do with this book by Hakan Lindquist (it’s bordering on homoerotic) but it may have something to do with the plot, which looks at the life of Paul, a 16 year old boy killed in a train accident, narrated through the eyes of his brother Jonas (who was unborn at the time but is now 18).
Well written and a interestingly light read, this book is a bit of a detective novel that reveals twists and clues for Jonas to unravel, all on a journey of discovery about his brothers life; Paul’s private thoughts and feelings discovered in a hidden diary, the revelation that Paul had a male lover (confirmed through ongoing interigation of the boys uncle), yet a life totally unknown by his parents with whom Paul seemed so close (let’s not forget he was only 16). These discoveries all lead to the fatal day and whilst they raise questions around the train ‘accident’, the reader is left with no concise ending, the writer allows the reader to conclude the story on their own terms (it definitely left us with a few niggling questions).
Originally published in Swedish and translated to English, the novel felt very Americanized, apart from a few random words here and there that made you realise this was not taking place in America. A pleasant coming of age story that also examines the bond of brotherhood and family (made more interesting as both brothers did not grow up together yet we are exposed to how one brother feels living in the shadows of the other). Well written with many layers, don’t be surprised if you find it a little hard to put down once you get into it. But like most good things, it finishes too quickly and leaves you wanting more – is there room for a sequel, maybe looking more at Jonas and his new found knowledge?
After a busy day at work one of Elldrew’s favourite meals is this quick and easy chicken, cashew nut and spring onion stir fry. Not based on any celebrity chef’s recipe, requiring only very basic prep and using ingredients usually in our larder, it’s a good standby meal for hungry tummies (that need feeding quickly).
A lazy Sunday with a few leftover ingredients in the fridge and Elldrew turn to their favourite cookery books to pass the time. On this week’s menu was the Hummingbird Bakery’s amazing Lemon and Thyme Drizzle (or Loaf) cake. It’s so delicious and so easy to make that we whipped one up for Ell’s office whilst we were finishing our morning coffee, and a second one for Drew’s office whilst we were digesting lunch (it’s not fair to favour either office, and if we hadn’t made two the rest of the lemon thyme and sour cream from our previous weeks tea party (blog on that to follow) would have been wasted)!
We’re not usually seduced by just reading an ‘About’ page, but when we came across a picture of this new boxer briefs company, we were hooked…we couldn’t have said it better, so lose yourself in their own words whilst we look at placing an order:
“Underwear is the first thing we put on in the morning. It is our shield of protection against the daily grind. The gesture of choosing the first garment that is going to touch, wrap and protect us might seem trivial but it is not. The choice of colour and texture may be a crucial indicator of the events that will unfold during the rest of your day. There are ordinary briefs, the sexy ones, and the ones with good or bad vibes. How much of our underwear becomes precious due to a memorable event (or vice versa). Your underwear can be a good omen and influence the rest of your day. It might seem like a subconscious decision that we take freely, to select one or another, to discard one or caress another.
There are different rituals that depend on the day of the week. The Perfect Son is a project that takes those rituals seriously and gives them the importance that they deserve.
It all started on a beach in Alicante during the holidays. It was back then that Jose hesitated about his future after a long and successful career in fashion. A medal inherited from his father inspired him to make a radical change and decide to combine his extensive experience with his sensibility. He needed to offer something new to the world. Something authentic, respecting the heritage of craftsmanship that is in his blood. A tribute to his parents that, despite his imperfections, had always supported him and believed in him. Out of this longing was born the Perfect Son. The best brief in the World.”