Of all of the New Years Resolutions I am likely to make in the next few days, one I really hope I manage to keep, is to go on a proper Summer Holiday. Abroad.
The last time I went abroad for a holiday was in 2013. 4 years ago. It was amazing to just completely disconnect my brain from work life and unwind in the Mediterranean sun.
I’m a typical tourist. I like to explore but I could equally enjoy myself, just as much, by sitting by the pool and working on my beetroot coloured tan. My last two holidays were to Greek islands. I’d love to go back, or explore another Greek island, or go somewhere completely different… it’s hardly likely that I’ll go anywhere beyond the Mediterranean though.
I can just see myself in August now…eating on the rooftop terrace of a Greek Taverna as the sun sets on the horizon. Walking around ruins and historical sites, soaking up the history and learning new things about the culture. Enjoying boat trips to hidden coves and blue lagoons. Floating in a natural jacuzzi where sulphur bubbles tickle your toes. Ambling around, exploring islands and photographing beautiful Greek Orthodox churches, whilst my cousin discovers a genuine Mulberry handbag in a field of cows.
I was being all cultural in Kos. We were strolling around the roads near our hotel. We walked past this adorable mini Greek Orthodox Church. I have a unexplainable fascination with the blue and white Greek Churches. So there I was taking this photo, when my cousin calls behind me to hang on a minute. I turn around and she is literally climbing over a ditch to get into a field full of cows. She bends down and lifts up this piece of purple leather fabric. She shakes it about and declares she can’t believe it. She thinks she has found a Mulberry handbag. We get back to our hotel. In our room. A couple of baby wipes later, the clutch bag is looking cleaner and a quick text to her friend in the UK to check the genuinity of the find, it is confirmed that she has found a real Mulberry handbag. You could drop my cousin in the middle of a desert and she’d find a Chanel or Prada handbag in the middle of nowhere. She is a brand hunter on car boot sales and will find bargains for any branded items in shops.
Hopefully, in August, I could be reading a boook on the sandy beach, sipping “juices” and photographing the clear blue sea. Walking along the beach to explore the nearby town. Shopping in and out of the quaint gift shops, looking at the jewellery and fridge magnets I could buy. Deciding which souvenirs to buy for family back home. Eating at quiet tavernas, enjoying omelettes and pizzas the size of my head. Feasting on Giros and pitta bread in hidden restaurants in the middle of the city whilst an Orthodox Church rings it bells up the steps. Sweltering on an unconditioned coach that meanders down winding roads to explore further parts of the island.
Oh how I wish I was on a warm getaway right now. So, I feel the need to enjoy a sunnier holiday this year. In 2017. A proper summer holiday awaits. I have my passport ready, I just need to sort out where I’m going, who with and buy a suitcase… August summer holiday, you are mine this year!