I could rack my brain for hours and hours and would still find it difficult to come up with a place more beautiful than Santorini.

The magnificence of the white buildings, surrounded by blue skies and blue seas is absolutely breathtaking! You will not see one tourist without a camera in their hand ready to capture the next available piece of beauty. I use the word ‘available’ because there are literally queues of people lining up to get a shot of the next gorgeous view.

We disembarked the ship and got on our coach to get up to the town. The views were spectacular along the way which had us excited but unfortunately, our tour guide spent more time talking about the different varieties of food growing there, and their multiple stages of ‘ripeness’ instead of actually sharing any decent information.

If anyone does have any questions, though, on the ripening stages of fava beans or cherry tomatoes, please do let me know.

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One word: Gorgeous!!

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Kuşadası, Turkey.

The next stop on our cruise was Kusadasi, Turkey. Neither of us had been to Turkey so we were equally excited to see it as Greece.
We had booked a tour not knowing it began at 7am so when we found out, almost cancelled. We are both shockingly bad in the morning, particularly me, and we were dreading the alarm call from the afternoon before.
I am now so thankful we did not cancel!!!

We disembarked the ship and ambled onto the tour coach with no make up, sunglasses on and heads down! Shortly after, our tour guide came over the mic on the bus and we very quickly realised, it was going to be a fun few hours. We could tell he knew what he was talking about from the start and to boot, he had a great sense of humour. Before arriving to our first stop, we were already having a good time.

Our first stop was believed to be Mother Mary’s last home in her final years. It was a little red brick house which has been mostly redone with some of the original stone.
We couldn’t take pictures inside, but it was small and simple. There were items which belonged to Pope John Paul as well as Pope Benedict.
Amazing to think that Mother Mary lived and walked on the same floor as we walked on.

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We didn’t know what those were; we thought maybe papers with people’s wishes on them. A lot looked like they had been there for a really long time.

After that, we were on the bus again heading to Ephesus.

For someone who loves history, it was an incredible place to visit. Ephesus was an ancient Greek city built in the 10th Century BC. It once had a population of 30,000-50,000 people in the Roman period but was mostly destroyed by an earthquake in 614AD. (Though it had been abandoned years before that.)

The marble slabs were the exact same as those walked on so many thousands of years ago.

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The library was magnificent…it was rebuilt basically from scratch but using as much of the original stone as possible.  You can see the difference in the pictures between the slabs that have been there when it was originally built and the new ones. I believe our guide told us 60% of it was original. That blows my mind!!

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It was an incredible visit and one of the highlights of the trip.

Afterwards, we visited a carpet making warehouse where they had made the most incredibly beautiful carpets, some tastefully changing colour in different lights. Beautiful!! I wish I could have brought one home. Over a delicious traditional warm apple tea, we learned about the intricacies of carpet making while freshly made carpets pounded the floors at our feet in a dramatic display!

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Even though we were only there for a few hours, Kusadasi really impressed both of us with their friendly people, beautiful green mountains and incredible historic sites.

I hope it won’t be too long before going back for a proper stay.

Happy Monday!

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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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Looking Into the Future and Looking Back at the Past.

While Daddy and Noah are swimming, it’s time for me to get blogging!

In the past 2 weeks, I see such a huge difference in my baby boy. Sometimes I look at him now and see a little guy, no longer a baby (even though I know he is!) He is developing so quickly; his mobility, sense of humour, personality, his attachment to mommy and daddy, his trust in the people he loves, his curiosity, his intelligence.
I talk to him all day long and he is becoming awesome company. He makes me laugh so much!

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DSC_8083Birthday Tradition!-3Giving him milk has become a trial  since he has been able to pull himself up. He is obsessed with trying to climb on things, over things, under things, between things…  He especially likes attempting to plummet over the back on the couch. To make feeding even more awkward, he chews on the bottom of the bottle which means milk everywhere.

DSC_8084Birthday Tradition!He has terrible tickles, especially early in the morning or late at night. It’s hilarious listening to him laughing. It makes my heart want to burst with love!

DSC_8108Birthday Tradition!He already is developing a list of things he does not like. He hates wearing hats indoors and takes great pleasure ripping them off and throwing them aggressively on the floor.

He is fascinated with anything electronic, especially my phone.. he will stop at nothing until he gets it in his hands…and then his mouth.

He thinks his feet are awesome and often enjoys a chew on his big toe. It is rather sizeable.

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Last Sunday, we decided to take a Roadtrip to Belfast to visit the Titanic museum. (For those of you who don’t know, Belfast was the birthplace of the  Titanic.) We went with Jacqueline and her boyfriend, Rafa which was fun because we don’t often get a chance to do things the 4 of us together.. (and Noah Bear!)

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We went straight to the museum where we could see snippets of Belfast history, how the Titanic was build, we saw typical rooms aboard the ship (I thought there could have been more of this), went on a little ride (Noah’s first ride!) and heard voice clips and videos from survivors.

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photo 2-22We stopped for dinner on the way home at apparently, the most bombed hotel in the world – Hotel Europa, Belfast. It has suffered 28 attacks! I was ever so slightly fearful as we came upon this information as we started our main course. (As it turned out, the most offensive thing we came across was it’s main course.)

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It was a great day and made me realise we need to be doing more random, spur of the moment things, especially that I am on maternity leave for a little while longer and need to make the most of it.

That’s it for now!

Have a great weekend everybody.

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