It’s time to vote for your favourite #GozoGuestStories!
Our two short-listed entrants are now in the running to win a holiday for up to 8 people at our Four Winds holiday home. Located in the village of Kercem, close to Xlendi on the west coast of Gozo, the Four Winds Holiday Home features a private pool and fabulous views of the surrounding countryside.
The short listed finalists are: Lois Sandy and Rami Diab.
We’re publishing each story separately to allow you to read them through and decide which one you’d like to share and comment on via Facebook and Twitter.
The story that receives the most likes, comments and shares on social media between 15 and 30 April 2020 will be deemed the overall winner.
Baron Holiday Homes will then announce the overall winner on Saturday 2 May via social media.
Here’s our second finalist: Lois Sandy
Lois is from the UK and has been visiting Gozo since 2012, thanks to her grandmother who first introduced the island to the family. Lois loves Gozo’s laid back lifestyle and watching the world go by from one of the island’s many cafes and restaurants.
Lois’s story involves romance, family and friends, and a wedding. Apparently her guests loved the local Cisk beer so much Lois sourced some in the UK for a family BBQ.
She hopes to visit Gozo again to introduce her little son to the island she loves.
My family’s love affair with Gozo started when my grandmother fell in love with a widower who had spent many years on the island with his late wife. Gareth was a kind, humble, gentle giant who made us laugh and he cared for us all deeply.
Gozo became the place they went to every year. A place where their friends were and where they could enjoy time away together.
Grandma & Gareth
When he very sadly passed away in February 2011 my grandmother asked us all to join her for a family holiday to show us the island they had shaped into their second home. During a very hot week in June 2012 my family, along with my then-boyfriend (also called Gareth), stayed in a beautiful farmhouse in Xagħra and spent our days exploring.
The citadel in Victoria and the Azure Window were the highlights of our trip, although we enjoyed gazing out over the island from our farmhouse terrace almost as much.
In the evenings we ate out in Xagħra or had BBQs on the terrace. In the middle of the week we took a boat ride out into the Gozo channel. When we arrived in front of Comino’s beautiful Blue Lagoon my grandmother scattered her husband’s ashes into the sea, so that he could forever be in the place he loved most.
It was looking across the exact same stretch of water three years later that my husband and I said our wedding vows to each other, surrounded by 30 of our closest family and friends.
Choosing Gozo as our wedding destination came so naturally. We knew we wanted to get married in the sun; somewhere we could relax together in the days before and after the wedding. Gozo provided us with this and more – an opportunity to show our nearest and dearest one of the most beautiful places we had ever visited.
After deciding to get married on Gozo the wedding planning began, made all the easier for the fact that my grandmother had friends on Gozo that were able to make recommendations and advise us. We rented three farmhouses next to each other which became home to all our guests for the week, most of whom had never visited before.
We spent the days leading up to the wedding exploring more of Gozo. Along with some of our guests we enjoyed dinner by the beach in Xlendi, drinks in Marsalforn and a boat ride to Comino where we swam and snorkelled in the Blue Lagoon.
On 27 May 2015 we said our vows on the terrace at Country Terrace Restaurant. The views over the Gozo channel and Mġarr harbour made the perfect backdrop for our day. After a very tearful (and windy) ceremony, we enjoyed cocktails with our guests and then sat down for a three-course meal.
Lois's Wedding in Gozo. Photos: Ian Abdilla
As the sun set, we talked, laughed and listened to some beautiful guitar music. Later that evening my new husband and I drove down to Mġarr harbour and tossed my bouquet into the sea in memory of Gareth and as a thank you to him for leading us to this beautiful place that would forever have a place in our hearts.
Nearly five years later, we were preparing to return to Gozo for the first time since we married, to coincide with our 5th wedding anniversary, however due to the outbreak of coronavirus our family holiday is currently on hold.
We hope to visit Gozo again in the very near future and take our two-year-old son for the first time, to show him where mummy and daddy got married and hopefully pass on the love of Gozo to the next generation.
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