Discovering and photographing the unknown beauty of Europe
My lovely friend Vanessa also wrote a guest post for this blog! Here it is:
One of the advantages of being a writer is to be able to work from anywhere in the world. Last month, that happened to be Ibiza. This small island in the Mediterranean Sea is the new home of my beloved niece, Kate. My aunt and I went there this past April – the perfect moment to write in some new, exciting places…
My early mornings on Ibiza centered around the balcony of Kate’s apartment or on one of the sun loungers near the private swimming pool. For hours, I sat there with my books and laptop, filling in e-mail interviews for the promotion of my latest release, the vampire story A Good Man, and sprouting ideas for new stories. What better way to start the day!
Once the mornings started to turn into noon, I exchanged the balcony or swimming pool for a local cafe in the harbor with a view on the Old Town and the luxury yachts of Ibiza’s jet-set regulars.
The best places to write and hang-out at night were definitely in and around the Old Town, Eivissa, where the buzzing nightlife of bars and restaurants sits together in a mix of magnificent 16th century walls and local handicraft shops. I was lucky enough to visit Eivissa during the Medieval, a local food and music festival that adorns the Old Town with Roman- and Arabian-inspired stalls and decorations.
I agree… Ibiza wasn’t all about writing. Some of the afternoons were reserved for excursions… and food! Kate showed us some of the most sought-after places of the locals.
Some were obvious, such as Benirràs, a beach in Northern Ibiza where the hippies spend their days making music. Part of the movie Hookwith Julia Roberts was filmed at Benniràs. Or the colorful hippie market in Santa Eulària Des Riu (yes, Ibiza is full with hippies).
Others were not so obvious, such as a well-hidden cave in the cliffs near Cala D’Hort that was visibly inhabited by hippies (here they are again).
Kate also took us to a cute restaurant – Es Boldado in Cala D’Hort – hidden from the view of passing tourists and known for serving the best paella on Ibiza.
Have you ever been to Ibiza? What did you like/dislike about this island? If not, is it a place where you would like to go to?
Writing on Ibiza is part of the Blog Tour of A GOOD MAN (http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.be/2012/04/blog-tour-schedule-good-man.html).