Things I've learned whilst travelling in Greece this week...

>> Thursday, 18 April 2013

I've never seen sea as blue.

It may be Greece, but that beautiful blue sea is too cold to swim in, in April.

What your children will remember about a stay in a swanky hotel is not the ridiculously huge marble bath they swam in, or the wonderful sea views they could look at whilst they did so, but the single ant they encountered whilst in it.

Said Ant is what will make it into their holiday diaries; not the classical ruins, the amazing hospitality, the wonderful seafood, but the ruddy Ant.

The food is delicious.

The food is not low-fat.

Vegetables?  What are these 'vegetables' you speak of?

Your sons will love the fact that vegetables are in scarce evidence and paint you as the World's Worst Mum when you announce that there will be no pasta or burgers arriving at the table until the plate of grilled veggies in front of them has been consumed.

Some hotels still have the nerve to charge for in-room wi-fi access (hence the lack of posts this week).

When being shown around a city by a local, it always helps to be ridiculously specific about your preferred hit-list of tourist sites.  Otherwise you will find at the end of the day that you may have visited the Acropolis Museum in Athens, you may have had lunch in a restaurant with stunning views of the Acropolis, you may have been in a horse-drawn carriage trip along-side the Acropolis, and you may have walked through a market with the Acropolis as the backdrop, but you will not - despite having repeatedly mentioned your long-lived ambition to visit the Acropolis, since having been a small girl in fact - have actually visited the Acropolis itself.


MsCaroline 18 April 2013 at 23:39  

MrL and the boys have never let me forget the one (!!!) time I booked a hotel that only had wifi in the common areas (leading to the boys camping out like vagabonds in the lobby for hours and MrL spending a lot of time in the pub.) Free wifi in the rooms is always one of the first things I check now *hangs head in shame.* So sorry about the Acropolis, but you'd probably have gotten there and realized that the views from everywhere else were much better anyway. Sounds like a lovely holiday and a good excuse to go back, though!

Irene 19 April 2013 at 14:28  

At least you got all those views to remember it by. I bet you will look back on those with pleasure some day and say, "Remember when?"

Ned 19 April 2013 at 20:48  

Well it still sounds like the holiday was pretty good. And sometimes its a good thing not to have free wi-fi in the room.. That ways you can focus on whats in front of you and not get distracted by technology..

Michelloui | The American Resident 20 April 2013 at 17:04  

Sounds lovely, but that bit about the Acropolis: frustrating!! Did you ever get to see it?!

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