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A year ago…

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A year ago…I’d never been to Ibiza. Although I am a lover of Spain and I had visited Menorca and Mallorca, Ibiza hasn’t really appealed to me as a holiday destination. Perhaps I had been put off by the label of ‘Party Island’…I love dance music and I have many a ‘Ibiza’ collection of various dance tunes, chill out tunes and Ibiza Trance but I just didn’t fancy being caught up in a constant siege of whatever ‘party island’ meant. I obviously felt like this because I’m not 21 anymore!!

Whilst deciding where to go on holidays, I like to flick through the brochures and Mom will always give me her thoughts. Having not been abroad for five years and not having any Summer in the UK for at least four of those years, we needed some sun! I kept coming back to the same page in the brochure, Ses Estaques, Santa Eulalia, Ibiza. Mom agreed. Himself agreed. We were going to Ibiza.

I bought new summer clothes and swimsuits, sandals and dresses, even a new suitcase I was so excited to be going back to Spain and discovering Ibiza. From the moment I felt the sun shine on my face as I walked through the plane door to disembark I knew I was in the right place.

The coach dropped other holiday makers off at their hotels enroute to my chosen accommodation and I secretly hoped I wasn’t going to be disappointed. I wasn’t, the hotel was situated in such a perfect location…a walk from Reception straight to the ocean, a cove to the left of me with a separate restaurant and bar and to the right, the view to the marina, to Puig de Missa and up into the pine forest over to Cala Llonga. It was perfect.

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The first song I heard on the radio after arrival was ‘Club Tropicana’ by Wham. I thought I was in heaven. For two days I kept saying ‘I am in heaven’ until himself stated that if I said those words once more I could quite possibly find myself there! I loved Santa Eulalia. I loved the hotel and everything about it. Never have I stayed anywhere where the people who work there have worn permanent smiles and been genuinely happy to speak with you and help you.

To walk on the balcony in the morning, feel the sunshine and gaze on the surroundings felt beautiful to me. Watching the sunset from the balcony in the evenings brought tears to my eyes as I had never seen such beauty, such colours and felt such peace in my life.

It was the most beautiful week, I felt like a free spirit floating in love, peace and harmony the whole time I was there. Ok, I admit, when we got lost on a walk to Cala Llonga, following Blue waymarkers which became Blue plastic bag waymarkers and then Blue marks on sides of cliffs…my peace was a little unbalanced with ‘oh my god I can see the newspaper headlines now’ and comments such as ‘but what was she doing in a pine forest in Ibiza?’…but we survived, found the civilisation that is Cala Llonga and caught the bus back!

I do intend to post about my trip to Ibiza with photo’s but for now I just wanted to share how Ibiza, Santa Eulalia and Ses Estaques in particular had captured my heart.

A year ago tonight, I could hardly sleep with excitement of going on holiday to Ibiza and the early start to the airport. There hasn’t been one day since I returned that I haven’t thought about Ibiza, looked at photo’s of Ibiza or talked about Ibiza. I don’t know if it is that I can’t let go of Ibiza or if it is that Ibiza won’t let go of me.

A year ago I’d never been to Ibiza, a year ago I fell in love in Ibiza and a year later…I still am.

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Sunshine Awards

Until yesterday I didn’t know what the Sunshine Award was all about but now, thanks to Kintal, I do.

The Sunshine Award

The Sunshine Award

The Sunshine Award is awarded by fellow bloggers to someone who they feel spreads sunshine and positivity throughout the blogging world. I am so exited to have received this because I haven’t been blogging for very long and I’m still learning a lot about blogging and sharing aurorasdreams.

So, without further hesitation I would very much like to thank Kintal again for the Sunshine Award. I would like to recommend the following blogs for the Sunshine Award also because I find them so interesting, uplifting, thought provoking and inspiring.

http://kintal.wordpress.com
http://janeaustinblog.com/
http://johncpicardimasterintheartofpiggingout.wordpress.com/
http://projectlighttolife.wordpress.com/
http://thesoulshines.wordpress.com/
http://syl101.com/
http://kirstychampion.wordpress.com/
http://patronofpositivity.wordpress.com/
http://mulkraj360.wordpress.com/

So you see, dreams really can come true, you just need to dream big, start small and work for them!

My Roman Holiday…

I hadn’t planned on a trip to Rome this year although Rome has long being on my list of places I would love to visit. It was a fairly impromptu trip but it was a truly wonderful trip and I can understand how Rome is one of the most loved cities in the world.

There are so many sights to see, adventures to have, Italian culture to soak up and all wrapped in beautiful Summer sunshine and very friendly people only too willing to help, guide not to mention cook amazing meals for you.

After arriving on Monday lunchtime and eating our first true Italian pizza we headed for the ‘Hop on Hop off’ bus so that we could get a feel for where the major sights were. I was amazed at how busy this city is and that almost at every turn of a corner another beautiful monument or church was in front of you. To see some of the buildings that I have only ever seen on TV or in books was breath-taking for me. Within minutes I was awestruck at the beauty and the marvels this city had to offer. We got off and walked a fair amount around the streets, we are always determined to find our own way. Monday evening was spent strolling around the streets of Rome, getting acquainted with the city, the vibe and the heat!

Tuesday was just a totally amazing day. We started with The Forum, The Palatines and then the Colosseum and it was like walking in history. I became totally immersed in stories of Emperor’s, Temples, ancient folklore and tales of yore. It was so real because of history books, films on the TV and the readings from the Bible.
Seeing the Colosseum, knowing the age of these buildings, the new archaeological finds and reading the information within the museum was, for me, beyond description. It is so hard to believe that you are actually standing right in a spot of so much history…

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

That evening we made a trip to the Spanish Steps – what a wonderful place to sit, chill out, read, chat and generally watch the world go by…

Trinita dei Monti, Spanish Steps, Rome

Trinita dei Monti, Spanish Steps, Rome

View from Spanish Steps, Rome

View from Spanish Steps, Rome

Wednesday we spent the day at The Vatican. It was the most beautiful day in more way than just the weather. I again was awestruck to see the window where the Pope addresses the people in St Peter’s Square and for me to stand in St Peter’s Square was a dream come true. Visiting St Peter’s Basilica was like a pilgrimage for me and I spent hours listening to the audio guide and strolling around the Basilica and visiting the various chapels.

The Pope's Alter, St Peter's Basilica, Rome

The Pope’s Alter, St Peter’s Basilica, Rome

Peace Chapel, St Peter's Basilica, Rome

Peace Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, Rome

Vatican Guard

Vatican Guard

Wednesday evening was a visit to the Trevi Fountain which was extremely busy. You walk down and small winding side street and then suddenly you are there at what is for me, the largest and most famous fountain in the world…Frank Sinatra singing the song from the film is still running through my mind and oh yes, I threw my coins in…

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Thursday was spent visiting Piazza Venezia and the beautiful imposing Monument to Vittorio Emanuele 11. What a stunning building housing various museum’s, gardens, the town hall and wonderful views across the Piazza, Capitoline Hill and over to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. We also visited the beautiful Santa Maria Maggiore Church.

View over Piazza Venezia, Rome

View over Piazza Venezia, Rome

View from rooftop of Victor Emmanuel 11 Monument, Rome

View from rooftop of Victor Emmanuel 11 Monument, Rome

These photo’s are just a snapshot of the beautiful city of Rome, I will load some more onto the aurorasdreams facebook page in due course.

Our 4 night break to Rome was over so quickly, there are so many more places to see, to visit and to return to and return I will…I did throw my coins into the Trevi Fountain after all…make it my wish to come true.