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A Love Affair with Florence, Italy #lp

I’ve been to Italy many times on holiday and a couple of times for business and each time the country has enchanted me. Recently I visited Florence on a business trip and the magic of Italy has taken hold of me again. It is hard to describe the effect this country has on me; the environment, culture, arts, food, people and language all just engulf me into a mystical fantasy and reignites that desire to stay and leave behind the humdrum of normal life behind. Maybe I’m still stuck in my very own “Eat Pray Love”, but I keep repeating and wanting to enjoy the “Eat” part of this journey, maybe my Eat Pray Love is here in Italy.

It has been eight years since I last visited Florence with my very dear friend Jacqui, we had a superb time together and I have very find memories of our Tuscan adventure. This visit was just as wonderful, but for very different reasons. I hope to return to Florence again in the not too distant future and revisit some of my favourite sights and galleries, but in the meantime here are a few of my favourite photographs I took whilst I was away on this brief visit to Florence.

Ti amo, Italia!

Day Twenty Two Island Hopping around the Balearics - Benirras to Eivissa, Ibiza #LP

I’ve survived sleeping in the pagoda on my own, not the best of nights sleep though I spent most of the night waking at the slightest of noise. In reality I was very safe staying in the pagoda in the sleepy town of Benirras, sometimes my imagination just gets carried away too much. So, it is good bye to Ibiza Yoga and hello again to Ibiza Town (Eivissa). I’ve been investigating the old town today, which has been a pleasant surprise. The island’s city (:-)) is contained within historical fortress walls (Ramparts), see the photos. It is a bit of a steep trek to the top with many steps, good job I had my fitflops on, well may be not, it would have been more comfortable if I’d worn my trainers. The old town has had a recent makeover since finding a major archeological site within the old town walls, apparently it is much cleaner and safer than it used to be. I can’t really comment on that, as this was my first visit. I was lucky enough to see the time trials for the Grand Prix Power Boating from the viewpoint in the Old Town today. I think the yellow boat may win, well it looked the fastest to me. The circuit was from Ibiza Town to Playa D’en Bossa, those boats were going at a high speed of knots, it looked more dangerous than Formula 1 racing.

The only thing that spoils Ibiza Town is the constant flights coming into land, it’s located right under the flight path. So, it can be noisy at times, which interrupts your relaxation on the beach or a chilled lunch. I would recommend coming here for a long weekend even if you’re not into clubbing, it has plenty to see and do for a couple of days.

Finally I took the water bus to Talamanca for a quick trip to the beach before heading to the airport. So, that’s my trip completed, the time has flown by so quickly! The highlights of this trip were that I was able to share it with different friends and make some new friends along the way. Here’s to old and new friendships! :-)

Peace and love to one and all!

Day Twenty One Island Hopping around the Balearics - Benirras, Ibiza #LP

Today we started our yoga practice on the beach with a silent meditation listening to the sea lapping up onto the shoreline. It was peaceful and relaxing sitting in silence looking out into the bay at Cala Benirrras. We then walked back to Villa Roca for our strong yoga practice. That’s 18 hours of yoga I’ve completed this week and I’ve come away with a few new yoga asanas, which is great. Ebba Knutson (www.ebbasyoga.com) our yoga teacher has been a wonderful guide, she’s full of happiness, kindness and a great zest for life. If you get a chance to take one of her classes or join her on a yoga retreat you’ll come away with new techniques and feeling invigorated.

It was a little sad saying good bye to my new yoga buddy, but I’ll definitely see her when I get home as we live close to each other.

So, tonight is my last night at Ibiza Yoga, I’ve got the pagoda all to myself, so I’m a little scared being up on the hillside in darkness alone. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll survive, it is character building after all. :-)

Peace and love to one and all!

Day Twenty One Island Hopping around the Balearics - Benirras, Ibiza #LP

Today we started our yoga practice on the beach with a silent meditation listening to the sea lapping up onto the shoreline. It was peaceful and relaxing sitting in silence looking out into the bay at Cala Benirrras. We then walked back to Villa Roca for our strong yoga practice. That’s 18 hours of yoga I’ve completed this week and I’ve come away with a few new yoga asanas, which is great. Ebba Knutson (www.ebbasyoga.com) our yoga teacher has been a wonderful guide, she’s full of happiness, kindness and a great zest for life. If you get a chance to take one of her classes or join her on a yoga retreat you’ll come away with new techniques and feeling invigorated.

It was a little sad saying good bye to my new yoga buddy, but I’ll definitely see her when I get home as we live close to each other.

So, tonight is my last night at Ibiza Yoga, I’ve got the pagoda all to myself, so I’m a little scared being up on the hillside in darkness alone. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll survive, it is character building after all. :-)

Peace and love to one and all!

Day Twenty Island Hopping around the Balearics - Benirras, Ibiza #LP

Having had a late night we had a relaxed morning at Villa Roca and then an afternoon yoga session working in pairs, which was great fun. After which we headed to the beach to watch the sunset and listen to the hippy drummers playing a session on the beach. The drummers are on the beach every night playing from 6pm until midnight, with Sunday being the day of celebration for the musicians.

It is incredibly peaceful in Benirras, the vibe is slow, relaxed and chilled just what you need to unwind for a week or so. If you need to escape from the rat race, then this maybe a holiday for you.

Peace and love to one and all!

Day Twenty Island Hopping around the Balearics - Benirras, Ibiza #LP

Having had a late night we had a relaxed morning at Villa Roca and then an afternoon yoga session working in pairs, which was great fun. After which we headed to the beach to watch the sunset and listen to the hippy drummers playing a session on the beach. The drummers are on the beach every night playing from 6pm until midnight, with Sunday being the day of celebration for the musicians.

It is incredibly peaceful in Benirras, the vibe is slow, relaxed and chilled just what you need to unwind for a week or so. If you need to escape from the rat race, then this maybe a holiday for you.

Peace and love to one and all!

Day Nineteen Island Hopping around the Balearics - Benirras to San Carlos, Ibiza #LP

Yoga, lunch and afternoon naps have started to become a theme for me in Ibiza. I feel so chilled and relaxed, but I know this time won’t last and I should make the most of the next couple of days, as I’ll soon be back at work next week.

All the yogis went out as a group to Namaste in San Carlos, a psychedelic venue with a rave room and hippy market quite strange, but it had a happy vibe. I had my palm read there and he kept saying certain ages in my life, but nothing significant. I might do the lottery with ages he mentioned and see if anything comes to light. I’ll let you know next week if I win anything. ;-)

Peace and love to one and all!

Day Nineteen Island Hopping around the Balearics - Benirras to San Carlos, Ibiza #LP

Yoga, lunch and afternoon naps have started to become a theme for me in Ibiza. I feel so chilled and relaxed, but I know this time won’t last and I should make the most of the next couple of days, as I’ll soon be back at work next week.

All the yogis went out as a group to Namaste in San Carlos, a psychedelic venue with a rave room and hippy market quite strange, but it had a happy vibe. I had my palm read there and he kept saying certain ages in my life, but nothing significant. I might do the lottery with ages he mentioned and see if anything comes to light. I’ll let you know next week if I win anything. ;-)

Peace and love to one and all!