Mar 312019

Camping  L’Alqueria.    18 – 22 March. Gandia

A quieter rally this month with only 13 vans, 3 of which were UK visitors.  Andy and Maureen Sutton from the IOW group, Patricia and Keith Spearing from West Sussex group and Maria and Richard Jansen Gilbert from East Mids Group. Unfortunately our secretary and Chairman could not attend as they were in the UK.

The rally was held in Gandia to coincide with the Fallas Festival which is the traditional celebration held in commemoration to St Joseph. The term Fallas refers to both the celebration and the monuments burnt during the celebration.  The Fallas are models made mainly of papermache and can be taller than the surrounding buildings. After being judged locally they are burnt on the evening of the feast of St Joseph. Pictures can be found on our Facebook page or website gallery.

The rally officially started with the meet and greet at 3pm on the 18th although some of us had arrived a day earlier so had an impromptu get together. The rally was opened by our vice Chairman who welcomed us all especially our visitors from the UK. The rally hosts, Mac and Maggie Morris and our visitors Maureen and Andy Sutton had excelled with the cuisine, a buffet and curry and rice. We were also celebrating the 47th wedding anniversary of two of our members, Elizabeth and Ian Bennett. They brought along a fantastic rainbow cake which was superb. Celebrations went on outside until the sun disappeared and we retired to our vans.

On the 19th many of us went into Gandia town and walked round the Fallas which were located at about 20 locations round the town. The trip around the Fallas was exhausting but many members went into town in the evening to watch the burning of the Fallas, this didn’t start until 11pm and went on until the early hours. None of us had the stamina to stay until the end.

We had a damp start to Wednesday but it dried up in the afternoon so we were able to have a quiz and Bingo outdoors. Once again lots of food, provided mainly by Andy and Maureen Sutton and Mucho Vivo. A meal had been booked at a nearby restaurant for the lunchtime rally meal on Thursday. We followed this with a street party with music and dancing until well after dark.

All too soon it was Friday, a coffee morning and time to say adios until next time. Some of our UK visitors were setting off back to the UK, we will miss them