Whenever I told friends, family or colleagues that I was headed to the island of Ibiza for my summer holiday, a few people would look at me blankly and say things along the lines of: "Aren't you over your clubbing days?" or "I didn't expect you to want to go there." There is so much more to Ibiza than the hardcore clubs and celebrity spotting.
I was quite taken aback by the liberal, bohemian culture of the island, particularly out of the resorts and into Ibiza town. There were flee markets sprawling down every winding street and the scent of incense filled the air. I paid a visit to the infamous Punta Arabi 'Hippy Market' which has been situated near Es Canar since 1973. Funnily enough my Mum paid a visit there some 20 odd years ago and I had no idea we were walking the same dirt tracks. I found myself in a haven of trinkets.
From the Hippy market I bought two bangles, both antique gold - one with embellishment and the other with jet black stones. I found myself attracted to a brightly coloured multi strand necklace complete with tassels and charms. I also bought a wooden vial of rose oil which not only looks pretty awesome against my more traditional glass bottled perfumes, but it also smells ah-mazing.
Down at the beach, a lot of people who were camping nearby were sat on beautiful cotton sheets in jewel tones colours and adorned in ethnic patterns. I knew that a similar style sheet would look nice on my sofa and when I found the perfect style it was quickly taken down to the beach at nighttime, to sip Sangria on and listen to the waves.
I am a big fan of incense and usually have a few sticks burning when i'm home. I stumbled across a burnt orange box contained sticks scented with Myrrh, white rose and Frankincense. I have to say, they smell delicious!
I really loved the laid back vibe of Ibiza and every-time I look at my little treasures they remind me of such a chiller holiday now that the Autumn rain has set in!