Hello! I’ve missed you!
Thanks for coming back to my blog. I have quite a few posts I’m excited to share with you. I’ve returned from our just-shy-of-a-month holiday and it was so good for the soul.
Here are some posts you can expect.
- Our travels: 1. Rhodes Island. 2. Athens. 3. Paros. 4. Antiparos
- My Greek Shopping Haul. They were having sales and I couldn’t resist.
- How We Traveled with a One Year Old. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
- What I learned from the Mediterranean Women.
Thanks for following me on social media – especially my Instagram stories. I got to showcase a little of what we were experiencing and now I’m excited to share it all with you here.
That’s the best part about having a blog – it’s like a travel diary for me that I get to keep forever, and by going through my
thousands hundreds of photos, I get to relive it all over again.
Let’s get straight into it. Grab your passports and let’s go on a Greek adventure!
After almost 24 hours of traveling (Cape Town – Dubai. A layover in Dubai. Dubai – Athens. Athens – Rodos island) – with a 1 year old (surely there must be some medal ;)) we arrived in Rodos, also known as Rhodes.
Our very good friends and one of Georges Godfather’s, Alexi, Laura H and the twins (George and Daniela) have a holiday home there and we were invited to join them for a week. It was wonderful because we were also getting to see friends from London, George and Laura T with their daughter Kiki. The twins, George and Daniela (5) and Kiki (7) were so sweet with baby George (13 months) and our George absolutely adored spending time with the older kids. You could see he watched everything they did and learned a lot.
(Yip, there are a lot of George’s.)
This was our view from their home and it was just so beautiful.
They had a beautiful fig tree with fresh, ripe figs! I was in my element.
The tomatoes and watermelon in Greece are some of the best I’ve ever tasted and sleepy, morning faced George agreed in the next pics.
Our days consisted of going to various beaches and you didn’t want to do much else with the temperatures ranging from 34-40 degrees.
The first day we went to Tsambiko Beach. The beach sand was scorching, so if you go, wear slops (or beach shoes) whenever you walk anywhere… even to the water.
Laura H bought Georgie a green blowup pool with sun cover and it was such a hit on the beach.
I was waiting for an order to arrive from London for a rash vest for George, so in the meantime, I we borrowed one from little Daniela. I love that he was wearing this oversized pink, floral vest saying: “Pretty like a butterfly.” George – secure in his masculinity. Haha.
George loved the beach and he loved putting as much beach sand on himself and in his mouth as he possibly could. Baby powder is the best hack to get beach sand off, by the way.
The next two pics really aren’t the most ladylike, or flattering photos, but it was such a funny moment captured… Trying to figure out a little person who can’t quite communicate with you, but knows exactly what he wants and doesn’t want, is like trying to understand someone who doesn’t speak the same language as you. Here is George wanting to lie on me, but not on me. Wanting his milk, but not wanting to hold it and instead wanting to hold the sunscreen. Mom Life.
These were my best moments. George is BUSY … he doesn’t really cuddle, so when he does I want time to freeze.
I think my favourite beach was St. Pauls Beach in Lindos… As we came closer, this was the view we got to see. It was incredible. The photos do it no justice.
Some of the very best people…
I loved the restaurant right there on the beach, feet …
Santa Marina Beach was so vibey with the music playing and the crocheted umbrella’s.
When we weren’t on the beach, we were at home with the kids, or getting ready to all go out to a restaurant.
We had dinner at the most delicious place. Each dish was more-ish, and then we watched one of the World Cup Soccer Games (Croatia vs England) at a bar in the New Town. It was so festive.
One evening we went to a rooftop restaurant called, Dionysos. It was such a beautiful setting with our friends…
Alexi, Laura H, the twins and Sox, Georgie and I went to The Old Town early one evening. It was so beautiful to walk the streets, browse the shops and eventually settle in at a Taverna for dinner.
We took a photo of Socrates at Socrates Road…
While we were in Rodos, George turned 13 months on the 15 July… He had taken his first few steps the week after his first birthday (23 June) and found that he was faster crawling, so he never really pursued the walking. While we were there, he found the veggie cart and pushed that around. We joked that we spent money on those walkers, only to find the simplest thing he could push around is what he actually loved. After 2 days of that, he would let go and take a few wobbly steps and then hold onto the cart again. It was amazing to see his progress every single day.
This is a screen shot from a video.
We stayed in Rhodes from 09 July – 16 July, where we then flew from Rodos to Athens for the next adventures.