As I mentioned in my last post, I spent last Thursday through Monday in beach city of Marbella in the south of Spain. Although it was only in the 70s while we were there, the trip was everything I could have imagined. We spent the first two days staying in a hostal in the Old Town of Marbella, a five minute walk from the beach and the last three days at the Marriott Marbella Vacation Club with Jackie and her family!
Scenes from the Old Town and the girls out at a club, after a few free glasses of Moet Chandon and Dom Perignon!
Taking the overnight bus there proved to be a great choice, although we spent the morning hours between 6 and 9 checking things off the to-do list at the 24 hour pharmacy, enjoying a leisurely 2-hour breakfast feast and taking a very cold nap on the beach. Besides that minor hiccup, we spent the rest of our two days in the Old Town of Marbella lying on the beach, enjoying great restaurants on the boardwalk and going out at night in Puerto Banus. Puerto Banus is about 7km from the main center of the old town and is just filled with shopping, bars & restaurants. It was really fun, and we even ate at a delicious American restaurant with the boys over there!
On Saturday afternoon we met Jackie, her boyfriend James and ten members of her extended family (from Boston & Ireland) at the Marriott Marbella. After checking in, we explored the resort a little bit and then went over to the Irish relatives’ villa for a delicious Irish lunch (they brought 10 kilos of food with them on the plane!!) That night we sat around with the whole family. It was great to sing and play games with Jackie’s relatives; they were so fun and I’m so happy that I got to spend a few days over Easter with them. It did make me miss my family, but I’m very glad I got to Skype with them and a few of my aunts & uncles on Saturday!
Sunday we went to a typical Andalucian church in the Old Town for Easter mass and then devoured a delicious brunch at the beach-side restaurant back at the resort. Holy Week is such a huge celebration through out Spain, but especially in Andalucía, and it was really great to hear the Priest’s sermon on such an important day! Other than that, we spent most of our free time relaxing between the beach and the multiple pools and hot tubs all around the resort. Thank you so much, Donal, Claire & Jackie, for inviting us to celebrate the Holy Week with your family!
This trip to Marbella was a lot of fun, and I’m definitely glad that we took advantage of the very long weekend to get out of the city for a bit. Unfortunately, I’ve spent the past few days since we returned from Marbella sick in bed, but with an antibiotic I picked up yesterday, I am already starting to feel a lot better. The plus side is that I’m half way through the first season of the HBO series Game of Thrones. If you never saw it, I seriously suggest downloading it; it’s amazing!
Hope you all enjoyed your Easter weekend as much as I did! Ciao, amores:)