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A week in Greece

September 18, 2014

So, I feel like I’ve finally caught up with everything and can now put together a post with a few photos from our week in Greece. It felt so good to just relax and do pretty much nothing. Trout and I often go on busy holidays that mean a lot of travelling around, which I LOVE, but sometimes you just need to spend the whole day by the pool sunbathing and reading. Which is pretty much all we did in Kefalonia! The villa did have WiFi, so I was still checking emails and social media, but for the most part I wasn’t really interested in the digital world, as I had such beautiful surroundings to occupy myself with.

We went away with a couple of friends and rented a truly amazing villa. It certainly wasn’t the cheapest place that we found, but we all fell in love with Villa Ersi as soon as Trout found it on Airbnb. It was a three bedroom/three bathroom villa so it meant we each had plenty of space, plus a huge kitchen and lounge and an area for dining/playing cards. I can’t recommend it enough – take a peek at their website if you’re looking for somewhere special. The island itself was really quiet, and we hired a car to travel to nearby towns and some amazing beaches. Here are a few photos from our trip.

^^^This was the view from our villa. It was so peaceful to wake up to, and I loved that you could see the sea. We spent quite a lot of time at the villa because it was so nice, but we did go out every other day to explore parts of the island.^^^

^^^We took a short boat ride through some caves, which was amazing. Other caves that I’ve visited have involved trekking through them, so it was strange to just glide through them, but the light was stunning and our ‘guide’ was hilarious.^^^

^^^Next to the caves was this beautiful cemetery. It’s amazing how much care and money goes into remembering the deceased in Greece – from the shrines that you pass on the side of the road to beautiful places like this.^^^

^^^After the caves we stopped at the restaurant next to them for lunch. It was right on the shore, and had a resident family of kittens. Could there be any better place to eat?!^^^

^^^So cute!^^^

^^^There were so many stray cats around the island, especially in the restaurants, and none of us could resist playing with them. We even had our very own resident cat that came to visit every day. He was lovely, and I think he loved having a little family to visit and get fed by!^^^

^^^The beaches that we visited were so beautiful. Between the clear blue seas, the warm sun and the quiet surroundings, it was bliss. Apart from the pebble beaches, which were so painful to lie on! It was lovely to swim in such clear water, and at one of the beaches we went on jet skis which were amazing! We took the GoPro out with us and I filmed the whole 15 minutes. I want to be back there right now!^^^

^^^We stopped at the top of the route down to the beach to take a few photos of the view.^^^

^^^And a few selfies while we were there ;) ^^^

^^^Another photo-taking pitstop. Here I am with Christina (yep, not confusing at all).^^^

^^^I loved having the opportunity to make meals at the villa. Usually when it’s just Trout and I we eat out a lot because it’s so cheap, but because there were four of us we made more of an effort with cooking. I was so happy to find vegan croissants in one of the local supermarkets! It was the perfect start to a day by the pool. It’s really easy to find vegan food in Greece – although it can get a little bit repetitive.^^^

^^^One of our evening meals. I was heartbroken to find that there was almost no hummus on the island. I was not expecting this at all! In the end we found three restaurants that served it – but it really wasn’t great. You have been warned! Above we have Greek salad (with the feta taken off and given to our friends), stuffed vine leaves, hummus, fried courgette and fried aubergine, pitta bread and giant beans. Yum! Another dish we enjoyed during our time in Greece was stuffed tomatoes and peppers, which usually came served with salad, rice and potatoes.^^^

^^^We also had a BBQ one afternoon. We had a built-in BBQ at the villa, and cooked sweet potato, vegan burgers, portabello mushrooms, veggie kebabs and made an orzo pasta salad. It was so good! Trout and I brought packets of burger mix with us so that we can cook them up – it made the BBQ even more fun.^^^

^^^I love the colours in this photograph. As we went in September we didn’t always enjoy clear blue skies – in fact one evening we had a thunderstorm! – but this one is pretty good.^^^

^^^Another beautiful beach.^^^

^^^On our way back to the villa we saw a whole herd of goats. They were so cute!^^^

So, that was our little holiday! I’ve got a few more photos from our trip to share, but I’m saving them for the next Photos of the Week blog. Which I know I’m horribly behind on, so watch this space on Monday when I’ll recap the last three weeks!

I will always have a soft spot for Greece. My grandparents have visited around 40 islands over the years, and my Grandad loved it so much he learnt Greek and gave lessons for free in their home. I’ve been ten times, and worked out that my first visit to Kefalonia was over 20 years ago. So yeah, I feel old…

Have you been to Greece?
Any favourite islands?

Final note: I feel I should point out that I didn’t get gifted any part of this holiday – I just really loved the villa. 

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2014 9:19 am

    I always find it so weird when we go abroad and see stray cats and dogs because they’re much rarer in the UK. We recently went to South Italy and there were dogs everywhere around the streets.
    Those caves look really cool. I always find a good guide makes the trip.

    • September 20, 2014 12:26 pm

      I know, it’s quite sad :(
      We didn’t see so many stray dogs, but we did see a few tied up outside people’s houses that didn’t look particularly well cared for. I guess we’re from a nation of animal lovers, though :/

  2. September 21, 2014 4:44 pm

    It looks beautiful there, I’d love to stay in a villa one day and I have to admit I love the idea of one having wifi! We visited Corfu a few years ago and it was gorgeous, just fancy a summer holiday but next year instead perhaps!

    • September 23, 2014 8:00 am

      I love Corfu, my family went years ago (17 years ago… I feel old!!). It was so nice having our own place, and our own pool – I’ve never had that before!

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