Camping Imperium. Villajoyosa. 11th to 15th November. 12 vans attended of which 2 couples were visitors from the UK groups. We also had a couple on a taster rally who now intend to join. The hosts were: Colin and Ingrid Spencer along with Mike and Sue Garfield as co-hosts.
A few of us arrived a day early so we sat out in the sun with wine and beer, catching up on each others news.
On Monday a few of us went down to the sea front in the morning to walk the dogs and have a coffee before the meet and greet. The meet and greet commenced at 3pm and was officially opened by our deputy chairman Bob Johnson. Our hosts laid on an excellent buffet accompanied with Mulled wine and lots of Vino and beer. Unfortunately we had to call it a day at 6.30 as it was getting cooler and we’re not used to cold weather.
On Tuesday morning we had a petanque tournament which lasted nearly 3 hours and was won by one of our English visitors, Candy Hales partnered with Keith Griffiths from the Spanish group. In the evening we had a general knowledge quiz in the campsite bar with lots of drinks and nibbles. Our potential new members Pam and Norman Ollier along with Spanish members Mike and Sue Garfield were the winners.
Wednesday was a day out for the bicycle and scooter owners. The cyclists went into the hills and the scooter owners headed towards Benidorm. Some of us wandered into town to give the dogs a walk. The rally meal was held in the campsite restaurant in the evening and it was an absolute feast with a tuna salad and chicken salad to start. This was followed by 3 more starters, a main course then a sweet. We also had wine and beer in large quantities. As you can imagine this was very expensive, 11 Euros (£9.40) the lot (unbelievable) Following the meal the hosts had arranged a raffle. All in all it was an excellent night.
Thursday was the highlight of the week for some; the hosts had arranged a minibus into Benidorm for the Expats parade. An incredible day where nearly everyone turns up in fancy dress, Benidorm was packed. Some rally members went in fancy dress costume but most of us just went for the fun. More pictures can be seen in the Gallery for the November rally
All too soon it was Friday coffee morning, prize giving, farewells and big thanks to our hosts for an excellent week. Lots of felicitations before we parted as we won’t get together again until next year.