Tourists are seen in a hotel swimming pool in Playa de Palma. | ENRIQUE CALVO
Do you remember the story about the German businessmen who wanted to buy Majorca? When would it have been? Early 1990s? Something like that. Wasn't it a hoax by Bild? I can't recall the exact details now, but despite it having been fabricated, there was just a germ of Germanic reality to it. Majorca, the seventeenth of Germany's Länder, is how they sometimes refer to the island. Oh, and they typically always add in "paradise" as an adjective. Or at least they did in days past when I lived in Germany and barely an evening would go by without one TV channel having a show about Majorca. And these shows would often be broadcast from Majorca. The seventeenth state? It certainly was - and is.