So in my last blog I told you about our journey over to the wonderful Santa Maria and getting to our hotel, The Garden Riviera now I’m going to tell you about the place itself and what we got up to on our first day! you’re probably thinking one whole blog shouldn’t account for only one day however you will see why it does when you have finished reading!
So on Tuesday when we arrived, after the initial surprise of the hotel we quickly got changed and got into our poolside gear it was a scorching 40c so we needed to be in as little clothing as possible lol, plus I wanted to get my tan on!
It was so quiet in our hotel, we were literally the only ones there apart from another older couple but we didn’t really see them, we had the WHOLE pool to ourselves which was such a treat! it was so peaceful and after such a long journey it was just heaven, to be honest. We had some lunch with Julie at the hotel and I must say, they really do the best food! not overly expensive, about 7euros for a pasta dish which was a big portion!
After a few hours sunning ourselves, we arranged to meet Julie, later on, to take a walk into town so she could show us around and meet people, well we didn’t really know what to expect or who we were going to meet as I just thought that people wouldn’t really know who we were and not be that interested! how wrong I was!
To be honest i felt pretty famous out there, the pink bride, Julie took us round to meet some truly wonderful people, from Rosanna (who owns the Lido where we had our reception and also a beautiful little flower/decoration shop) to Baffo who owns the best gelato shop I’ve ever come across! you just have to visit him whilst your there as he does such a fab selection of ice cream and sorbets and at a very good price.
She took us into the local cheese shop where we tasted some fine (and strong!) cheeses and spoke to the lovely owners; we met a number of people who owned the bars that we spent quite a bit of time in Bella Ville and Bar Yogurteria; we went to the flower shop and chose our flowers for the wedding party which was such a nice touch as I wasn’t sure if I would get to do this, the guys who own the shop Veronica and Luiji did such a wonderful job of our flowers.
Julie also showed us round a couple of restaurants and more shops and took us for a walk around the town and along the beachfront where we came across our wedding venue, Torre Perrotti and our reception venue, Lido Azzurro.
I can’t explain how you feel when you see these places, I’ve seen so many pictures beforehand but nothing can do them justice, we both felt quite emotional and so overwhelmed by it all, brings a lump to my throat now thinking about when I first saw TP.