A few photos from the first stop of our amazing 4 day cruise around the Greek Islands.

I always knew how beautiful the Greek Islands were supposed to be and always had the dream to visit them one day.
Finally, last week, our time came to see some of the most beautiful places we have ever been to.

Mykonos. Our first stop of the cruise and one of our favourites.

We got there late afternoon and even though we would be having dinner on the ship later that night, we headed straight to try some of the local cuisine.
A big part of travelling for me, especially to new places, is trying the local food. It was a good way to immerse ourselves in the culture given the little time we had.

We stopped off at a little outdoor cafe/restaurant, ordered our hummus and pita, chicken souvlaki and baklava and watched travellers from all over the world pass us by, each with a camera swinging on their necks. Who would not want to capture every moment of a place so beautiful?

I kid you not when I say, this little roadside cafe served the BEST hummus, souvlaki and baklava I have ever tasted!!! Incredible! My mouth is actually watering at the thought of it.

Feeling full and extremely satisfied, we walked around the small cobbled streets, lined with white buildings and blue doors. Each little turn revealed new and exciting hidden treasures. Shops full of beautiful art work, jewellery, clothes, souvenirs and pottery lined the streets.

We were already wishing we had brought more than just hand luggage.

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I know the first place I’ll be visiting.

Happy Wednesday!

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Beautiful scenery, beautiful people and beautiful food, Sicily was better than we could have imagined.

The week before last, Jacqueline and I visited for the first time. So often when we travel, we go back to places where we have friends or family, or where we have fallen in love with in the past, so this time it was brilliant to have a completely new adventure. It was also my first proper trip away from Noah since he was born. For the first time in 12 months, I didn’t have to worry about making sure I was home for nap times, feeding schedules and keeping up with the general day time routine. I was able to be spontaneous, relax, close my eyes and not hear a baby shouting at me. I also got a sense of enjoyment each time I heard a baby cry, knowing it was not my own!

We stayed in the most beautiful hotel on the beach with stunning views…

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There was live music every night at the hotel, an amazing restaurant looking directly over the water and to top it off, the hotel was full of guests there to have a good time. Everybody was so friendly and the staff so helpful.

We explored the town – so many little cafes and restaurants, cute alley ways, old buildings, gelato shops, souvenir and clothes shops, beautiful churches and old cars. Every second person had a camera around their necks, enjoying the fabulous scenery and attempting to capture the amazing atmosphere.

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DSC_3144Birthday Tradition!-2We saw so many beautiful weddings in just that one day – what a beautiful place to say “I Do”.

We took a boat trip around the island…

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It was the perfect place to enjoy some ‘sister time’!

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30 Things I want to do on Maternity Leave {1 Year Later}.

Well, I have officially come to the end of my maternity leave (almost a month now) and how the time has flown!!

This past year has been so incredible in so many ways with new and exiting changes everywhere I look.

I had made this list of 30 Things I want to do on maternity leave very early after I gave birth, so now it is time to update it.

Let’s see how I did!

30 Things I Want To Do On Maternity Leave

1. Bring Noah to Tunisia to meet his family and friends there – Done! We went when Noah was just about 2 months old and we had the best time. He had no issues on the flight, slept well when we were there, enjoyed the heat (he probably felt like he was still in the womb!) and got to meet a lot of people who are special to me. We were supposed to be going again in 3 days but our flights were cancelled because of everything that is sadly going on there at the moment. We are so disappointed.

2. Go on a weekend away without the baby – Europe – Done(ish) Alan and I spent a night in Kerry early on in the maternity leave. It was so strange to not have the baby with us, and we were so tired, we had an early dinner, spent 15 minutes in a bar afterwards and headed back to the hotel to sleep before midnight. Also went to Siciliy with Jacqueline for a few days which was my first proper time away from Noah.

3. Bring Noah to Florida (for the 1st time outside the womb!) – Done and done in style. We spent 2 months there, from November – January. We spent time on the beach, swam every day and spent great quality time with family and friends.

4. Enroll Noah in swimming lessons – Done! He started swimming when he was just over a month old and still going every weekend. He’s a pro at this stage!

5. Go for a jog initially 3 times a week (outdoors while the summer lasts) – Not even close. I went for 3 outdoor jogs initially and perhaps another 3 on a treadmill. Disappointing! I am starting a home work out though – currently on day 3!

6. Rejoin Westwood – I rejoined with ease, getting down there was the problem. I quit after a month of never going!!

7. A night/weekend down the country – see number 2.

8. Start a photoshop class – Enrolled in a 1 day long course and didn’t show up. Twice.

9. Spanish class – I’m afraid not. Do my Spanish books I read to Noah count?

10. Move into our own home – Done! Done! Done! It took a while but we have been settled in since October.

11. Throw a house warming party – Done! A few pictures coming soon!

12. Get an Irish Driver’s Licence – Done(ish) I got my provisional and have started my lessons. 1 down, 11 to go. Joy.

13. Learn how to drive stick – Decided against this as I now own an automatic!

14. Read a new book (non baby related) – Ashamed to say that this never happened.

15. Start posting on my blog at least once a week – Definitely got better at posting. It may not have been once a week, but once every 10 days – 2 weeks and I will take that as a success!

16. Go for a picnic – thanks to my fabulous sister, I am the proud owner of a new picnic basket, however the only thing to be used so far from it is the blanket. Come on sunshine and warm weather! Give me an excuse to use it!

17. Do a photo shoot with Alan and the baby – Just did one for Noah’s 1st birthday. I can’t wait to post the pictures!!!

18. Do a Sisters photo shoot – this would require a sister willing to be photographed. Come on Jacqueline!

19. Go to Disney World – Done! With Jacqueline. Amazing, as usual. Planning the next trip with the boys.

20. Spa day – Had a full body massage in Kerry for our 1 day away. The therapist told me she has never seen someone’s back so tight and suggested I see a physio. I am still working on that.

21. Decorate for every holiday/occasion – we have definitely done this I am happy to say.

22. Visit Dearbhla in Abu Dhabi – Not yet, but I hope to this year!

23. Start cooking at least 1 dinner a week – This never happened. At all. Poor Alan.

24. Start doing things on my 100 Things I Want to Do List – a few, to be updated another time.

25. Start playing tennis again – have only picked up my racket when Noah is about to bash himself over the head with it.

26. Get to 8and a half stone – not a clue, our weighing scales has been broken for months. (Ha, seriously!)

27. Get Noah’s passport – Done and stamped a few times.

28. Buy a bike- Sadly, not.

29. Sell some old clothes – Nope.

30. Donate some of my stuff to charity – See above.

Ok… could have been better, but could have been a lot worse.

Now on to new adventures… :)

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Kite Fest

Last Sunday we decided to do something a little different. Apparently the Kite Fest has been taking place for the last few years not far from home so this year we decided to go. Nounou is a little obsessed with flying objects; planes, birds etc. so we figured he would enjoy kites.  It was a little cold and windy on the beach and honestly, we’re not sure if he even noticed the kites he was so enthralled with all the people and surrounding noise!

We were expecting more professional kites / kite fliers but the vast majority of them were held by children and their parents. There were stalls playing music, serving food, face painting and kite making. It was filled with families pretending it felt like summer -it was actually pretty cold, but there was a lovely atmosphere.

I’m always thinking now of different things to explore through the eyes of a little boy… I find myself constantly thinking what he might learn from, or what he might really enjoy… this was something different, full of colour, music and people in a new place. It was the perfect time spent on a Sunday morning.

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Have a good week, everyone!

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