Ibiza Spain on day 15
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We were supposed to dock in Formentera, Spain today but for some reason were instead changed to Ibiza which is the next Balearic island over Both places are little islands off the East coast of Spain with long histories of being conquered by any maritime power passing through, starting with the Phoenicians and Carthaginians. We signed up for a tour that promised a visit to the Archeological Museum and a local breakfast specialty. Archeology plus food - what could be better!!. The tour also promised a walking tour of the old town, an old church in San Jose a shopping stroll through Sant Antoni and a visit to operating salt flats.
My husband decided he could miss this tour - either due to his cold or his lack of interest in salt flats - so Cathy and I got on the bus at 10:30 am for our tour. We should have known by the brochure's prominent description of the operation of salt flats how the day was going to turn out; we were clueless.
By the time we had been deposited at the edge of rectangular shallow pits full of seawater and instructed that it took a full year for the water to evaporate and then given 30 minutes to watch the process (while dodging the occasional truck full of salt roaring past) we began to understand what the day would be like. It's hard to get a good photo of sea water evaporating but I did my best.
Next we were bussed to the town of San Jose where the church was closed and the restaurant was full of other people. Cathy and I rolled our eyes and spent 30 minutes wandering around town while waiting for our tour group to get seated in the restaurant. The poor tour guide did her best but there just wasn't much else to show to the tour group. Locals walking by seemed to be wondering what on earth we were doing there in the first place.
The breakfast and coffee, when we finally got into the restaurant, were lovely. The waiter was pleasant (not easy given that a lot of the tour group was grumpy by then) and the cheese pastry was worth the trip. However, on the long walk back to the tour bus, two of the group disappeared. The guide went to look for them but they suddenly appeared from a different direction.
Later we struggled up the path to the old town section of Ibiza and found the Archeological Museum was closed. The 14th century church was open however and the guide, in a fit of desperation, took us inside and forced the church caretaker to let us into the backroom to view a few old vestments Cathy and I were leaning on walls laughing hysterically by this time. Other tour members were forming into little groups plotting insurrection and letters to the ship's tour department. I never even had an opportunity to buy a book about the island!
All in all it was one of the funniest tours I've ever been on and Holland America even gave us money back.