Hi, Baukjen here.
Good friends of ours started dating when they were 17. Now, 25 years later, they are happily married with four children. To celebrate their 25 years together they invited friends to join them in Tuscany, Italy last weekend. So we took a few days off and had a four day mini break.
When we arrived in Pisa, we hired a Cabrio car which was perfect as we had great weather and the roof top down all days. The first day we spent roaming through Lucca. Throughout the trip we used the TripAdvisor mobile app endlessly to find great restaurants and places to visit. On our first night, via the app, we found a fabulous restaurant in Lucca. Excellent food and fabulous service. We enjoyed a bottle of wine called “Sebastiano” which we couldn’t resist as our second son is called Sebastian. The next day we drove the wine and olive oil route through Northern Tuscany. We got lost endlessly but it was only for the good as it is such a beautiful area and we ended up in beautiful villages where it felt like time had stood still.
In the evening the first party of our friends took place. It was very relaxed and great fun seeing people we know from our university days but also friends from London now. The dress code was informal so I wore a cream bohemian dress. All was good until just after 1am when someone bumped into me and a very large glass of red wine went all over my dress. Miraculously, we’ve managed to get the stains out.
The following day a group of us went to the seaside town called Forte dei Marmi. We strolled through the markets and shopping area and then had a late lunch on the beach. It is so gorgeous there, it was difficult to leave but we had to get back to the hotel in time for the second party – a more formal one where the dress code was black tie.
In the evening we all went to our friends’ party which they hosted outside the gorgeous villa they were staying in. We were all spoilt, drinks by the pool followed by a delicious dinner, dancing and fireworks. It was a fantastic night for everyone.
The next day we had a few hours in Lucca and then drove back to Pisa for our flight back home.
Even though we were only away for four days, it felt like a week holiday.
Thank you to our friends for getting us all together and letting us join in your celebrations (and spoiling us all). Here’s to your next 25 years, may they be as happy as the past.