We were looking forward to our week in a finca in Ibiza, but also a little wary..
Looking forward, of course, to a week in the sun and watching my niece get married. Wary as we have been just the 2 of us for so much of this year, and we weren’t sure how we’d cope living in a house with 11 other people. For a week!!
As it happened it went much better than any of us could have hoped. We were staying in a beautiful 500 year old finca, Can Caseres (2 buildings actually, with a total of 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms – 3 en-suite (ours didn’t have a door!), 2 kitchens and 2 living areas. Plus a lovely pool, table-tennis table and multi-sports court – with all rackets, bats and balls provided).
I’m not going to go into all the details but let’s just say 4 of the boys (i.e. Calv, my brothers-in-law Paul & Frank and my eldest son, Sam) ‘went out for milk’ as soon as we arrived…. By the time they returned the hire car had been delivered, I together with 1 of my sisters, 1 of my nieces and my other son, Ben, had been shopping (for 13..), put it all away, had some food, tidied away and were sitting out with our own drinks… I’m sure many of you are familiar with this scenario yourselves – it only took them 6 hours to not get any milk. They did however return with beer and crisps.
Then Calv decided he was going swimming. My only regret is that I didn’t actually see him step into the pool – it was very sudden (and I really didn’t think he would do it!)
He was followed in by my brother-in-law, Paul, who had the foresight to remove most of his clothes first.
Luckily we weren’t being picked up for the wedding until 2.15pm the next day so they had plenty of time to recover. And we had the most relaxed run-up to a wedding ever, spending most of the morning in the pool 🙂
The wedding at Can Gall was perfect, a lovely couple in a wonderful setting. It was also the biggest wedding abroad I have ever attended. It’s true I’ve only been to 1 before, but I do think 70-80 guests is pretty good 🙂
Here are a few photos (which I think say it all):-
The rest of the week was all about relaxing (believe it or not our current lifestyle is actually pretty full-on and therefore tiring!)
We visited my brother and his family at his all-inclusive hotel, played in the pool, played table tennis and just generally did as little as possible! The hire car did get used every day – I was getting used to driving a left-hand drive car on the wrong side of the road by the end of the week!
On the final day my sister and I managed to get out on our own in order to fill the car back up – we were very confused when we got to the petrol station as we couldn’t get any fuel; it took a while to work out we had to pay 1st! Not something Calv and I experienced in Spain at all.
We tried desperately to stay out for 6 hours – we managed to find the Hippy Market in Es Cana (although, being Thursday, it was closed..) and a shop selling marmite and even Worcestershire sauce! However 1 of us having to drive takes away the fun of staying out for hours – we managed an hour and a half…
We also managed to get an Indian takeaway delivered 1 evening (as the car hire man gave us the correct website and we made Sam phone up – it WAS his idea after all!)
We all fell in love with the Ibiza that we experienced (no clubs or touristy areas), and are talking about returning together at some point.
If anyone is looking for this sort of relaxation you can do worse than Ibiza, and you could certainly do a lot worse than Can Caseres (beautiful villa and a really lovely owner, Miguel).