‘The Mallorca Files’ open on the BBC

The Mediterranean island we call home – Mallorca – is about to hit TV screens as the backdrop of another BBC series. It remains to be seen whether The Mallorca Files will do for interest in the island what The Night Manager did back in 2016, but I’d be surprised if those who come on holiday to Mallorca time and time again didn’t tune in to spot places they recognize.

Palma’s emblematic cathedral, La Seu

According to the BBC, The Mallorca Files is a “police caper” with a “rich humour and playful tone”, featuring the two chalk-and-cheese detectives Miranda Blake and her German counterpart Max Winter.

The Mallorca Files is scheduled for daytime viewing on BBC One, but will be available on BBC iPlayer for those who don’t or can’t watch TV during the day.  Ten 45-minute episodes – each involving a separate case – will be screened from Monday to Friday for the two weeks beginning Monday, November 25th.

Location filming for the series began in November 2018, just outside the town of Inca. Other locations include Palma de Mallorca, Pollensa, and Soller. Sadly, they didn’t choose our rural valley as a location. Perhaps next series?

New Zealand, Japan, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, the Benelux, France and Poland are among the other countries set to screen the latest BBC series set on our beautiful island of Mallorca.

You don’t need to wait for Death in Paradise to return (early in 2020) to the BBC for a fix of armchair-travel escapism: The Mallorca Files should fit the bill nicely, thank you.

Jan Edwards ©2019

 

Mallorca Hosts European Hot Air Balloon Championship

 

Balloons over rural Mallorca

It’s been a while since I posted on this blog. We had a full-on – and fun – September, with family and friends who stayed with us at the finca; there were also other friends, staying elsewhere in Mallorca, with whom we met up to eat out. It was a thoroughly enjoyable month of good food, wine, company, and fun.

Back to work, I thought, as October began. Then wham! I went down with a heavy cold; barely recovered from feeling wretched, I launched into a project which took me out and about to interview and write about a few traditional artisans in Mallorca.

#AmWriting

With that project now finished, it’s time to crack on with my novel and catch up with posting here and on my Eat, Drink, Sleep, Mallorca blog – both of which have been rather neglected with everything else going on.

Until just over a week ago, we were enjoying an unusually warm and pleasant October, with only the occasional ‘off’ day. Then somebody flicked the ‘winter on’ switch and it was a hasty trip to buy logs for the Jotul stove.

A glorious autumn Saturday in Mallorca

Before we resorted to winter-weight curtains and socks, there was a wonderful autumn Saturday (October 26th). We got up early to go and watch hot air balloons. We do see the occasional distant hot air balloon from our home, because nearby Manacor is home to a company called Mallorca Balloons, run by Ricardo Aracil – but that day we were in for something special.

Ricardo was responsible for bringing the European Hot Air Balloon Championship 2019 to Mallorca – for the first time since the competition was launched in Skövde (Sweden) in 1976. The event is organized by the International Aeronautical Federation (based in Switzerland) and takes place every two years; 100 hot air balloons from 23 countries came to Mallorca to compete this year.

The European Hot Air Balloon Championship was as popular with spectators as it was with competitors and we were in a long line of cars driving towards the cloud of balloons rising over the countryside near Petra.

I find myself getting quite emotional when I see hot air balloons. It’s something to do with the tranquillity they exude: the slowness and peace (punctuated by the occasional burst of flame) as they travel. One day I shall try a hot air balloon flight – but I think I’ll wait for the warmer weather to return first.

 

Going to see the hot air balloons in flight was just the start of a memorable October Saturday. Later that morning we went to have a Terragust experience – which you can read about here.

We’re now in ‘winter’ mode here in rural Mallorca, but can look back at these two events and be grateful for a very pleasant autumn 2019.

Jan Edwards ©2019