National Geographic : 1957 May
"The only trouble with that," a Majorcan friend told us, "is that no one knows exactly which cell he occupied. Until a few years ago, there was quite a fight about it. Two adjoining cells were owned by different fami lies. At one time each family had a barker at the door, urging tourists to visit the cell really occupied by the famous pair. "Then the families pooled their resources, and now one admission takes you through both cells-one pointed out as Chopin's, and the other as that of George Sand." There is in Majorca another place of pil grimage, this one of quite a different sort. It lies in Petra, a town some 20 miles east of Palma, and for any American, particu larly one who lives in or has ever visited 631 Water-borne Musicians Play in the Caves of the Dragon Cuevas del Drach, one of Majorca's attractions, unfolds a labyrinth of chambers frosted with limestone icicles. Guides lead visitors down echoing corridors to a gloomy amphitheater beside 540-foot long Lake Martel. Then, as boats move in, the lights are turned up. A photoflash here reveals a musical quartet driven by a lone oarsman. Crystalline is lands and promontories dot the lake. Hanging stalactites on left are mirrored as stand ing stalagmites (page 648). History says 1,500 Moors, fleeing the battle over Palma, took refuge in the caves. Span ish soldiers built fires at the entrance and smoked them out. Twin Stalagmites + Admit Visitors Underground trickles all over the world form frozen Niag aras like these formations in Cuevas del Drach. Limestone in solution hardens in tumbling patterns as evaporating water releases its stony burden.