Although my plan was to pitch up at Marbella or Fuengirolla in Windependent and give Roger and Jo a day out on a yacht for their wedding present it wasn’t to be. Our need to be in the UK required us to find a long term berth for the boat and Valencia was the only realistic place for that following our trip to Torrevieja. Mercifully, discussing this with Roger it transpired that an early morning boat ride on the Monday after a weekend of wedding partying may not have been the best plan in the first place, and so they accepted an open invitation to a longer visit later.
So, we hired a car in at Valencia airport and drove to Malaga on the Friday, staying with Tabatha and Rafael again. On the following morning we set off in search of the Hacienda San Jose and in the best traditions of Sat Navs we ended up in the middle of a field. (Mercifully marine sat navs don’t have to contend with those!) But combining the written directions with the sat nav we finally arrived.
The venue was idyllic. A huge 10 bed house up in the mountains with stunning views, lovely gardens and a pool. The weather had been the main concern as it had been overcast and threatening rain; at least it was on my salty sea dog forecasts. However as the afternoon wore on the clouds disappeared and the sun came out and the weather was perfect for the rest of the day.
The ceremony was held outside, very family orientated, and was followed with a traditional Wedding Breakfast BBQ. All in all a great day and many thanks to Rog and Jo for the invite. Unfortunately, with a drive back to Malaga and then a flight home the following morning we had to say our farewells long before the end of the party but it had been a great day and we wish both Jo and Roger the best and look forward to giving them their ‘wedding cruise’ in the not too distant future.
And so, back home for the final push to get away!