On Wednesday 10 July, Saskia, Jan and Mike accompanied eight students from USA and Mexico here on the Island as a result of an exchange scheme run under the banner of Rotary International. Hugo and Mirella were also due to take part but Hugo had to pull out and Mirella was stood down after turning up to meet them but was unable to find a place to park. There was some confusion about the meeting time – we thought it was 9.15h at their hotel, they thought 10h. But all was well in the end.

We started off at Raixa a large country house and estate near Bunyola. An old-established family (Despuig) owned the estate in the 17th and 18th centuries and it was rebuilt in the latter by Cardinal Despuig the 2nd son on the Count of Montenegro. The House and gardens were constructed in the Italian style with the house having a Loggia and terrace, seen her in this photograph. A very interesting guide gave us a very full picture of the estate, how it developed and some interesting facts about the occupants.

Our next stop was the Alfabia Gardens, which was almost ‘next door” and which consisted of a House, this time 17th century, with Roman/Andalusian roots and a garden based on a Moorish design.

Here are the Students and Rotarians about to enter the Alfabia Gardens. As you will see this was a nice spot for a photograph as well as a shady place to get out of the mid-day sun. Here Saskia was presented a with a Banner by one of the Students from the Rotary Club Tijuana.

he final part of the day was with the Students at lunch at Es Caliu Eventos, again just down the road where we all had a “Menu” with lots of water (and one or two Cervaza’s ). This gave us the opportunity to share some Rotary experiences with the Students, all of whom had some knowledge of Rotary, through Rotaract at University, or through their families.

We dropped them off, back at their Hotel at about 4.15.

A good day was had by all. Well worth putting in your diaries for next year. A good day out with interesting company.                                             

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