When I say last minute, I mean it. We booked it on the Saturday and flew at 8am on the following Thursday, for a week in Greece.
Not only did I have the initial excitement of the holiday to try and deal with but also I had been informed by Mrs Spraggan herself that she too (and the other Mrs Spraggan) was flying to Greece that same day. From receiving that information, it just got weird! We were flying from the same airport, from the same terminal, at the same time. What are the chances of that? Pretty slim I reckon. Fortunately for Lucy, we were going to different parts, so were on different flights!
We spoke via twitter on the morning of the flight, and all I heard whilst walking to our gate through the airport was "Theres Lucy," and "Lucys over there." We actually made it to our gate early and I sat messaging Lucy for a while, and because she is a lovely human being (sometimes) she said she would meet me, probably to shut me up, ha! Anyway she told us where to go and she came out to us, bless her, what an angel. She went on to be a bully, like normal- only joking. But Lucy had made my holiday before it had even started.
Her hugs are the best.
I feel like I look like a proud mum with their kid.
I dont think that there is any better feeling than stepping off a plane in a hot country and just being hit by the heat there. Somehow, shortly after we had just stepped off the plane, I managed to injure myself- on a toilet door handle? Great start! We got a bus to our hotel along with a few older people, I couldn't help thinking that we didn't fit in... It felt like a pensioners bus trip. Despite this, the views were absolutely gorgeous and I came to the realisation that Greece is such a beautiful, picturesque place, of which I only managed to capture one photo on bus journey, which is blurry.
When we arrived at the hotel, the first thing I saw was the pool, I'd say you could get 10 people in it if you're lucky! Luckily, this didn't really affect us, as we dont really spend a great amount of the time around the pool as I much prefer the beach.
On our first full day we decided to go to a small beach, which was more like a cove, close to our hotel. Honestly, it is the most beautiful beach i have ever been on in my life. It was surrounded by many, many trees, of all different shades of green, mostly olive trees. The sea was so calm and peaceful- which I love, I lost my glasses in the sea last year as it went over my head, so I hate rough seas, it makes me nervous. It is a pebbled beach for the majority of the space, although there is some odd patches of sand where you can avoid getting a rock in your back whilst sun bathing.
I could have happily stayed on that beach all holiday but my family decided that they wanted to try another beach, which was an added 10 minutes walk from the first beach we visited. This beach was not my type of beach at all. It was all pebbles, but it was a long walk to the sea- unlike the other beach. The first thing that caught my eye was the huge crashing waves, uh no thank you. We decided to have a dip in the sea anyway and try to make the most of this beach, but I just could not stay at this one. It was so rough and there was a harsh drop in the sea itself, that was me out straight away.
For the majority of the next few days we returned to the little cove where we used both sides of the rocks to put our stuff and for mum and dad to sunbathe. We took ourselves a little picnic of a ham and cheese baguette and a piece of fruit each, and sat eating it watching the boats go past and the occasional crab crawl along the pebbles.
Woah, Ebony in a bikini!
I also spent my one year clean on holiday. I'll post the link to my post on being a year clean below, incase you fancy a read. Everybody made me feel so, so loved on my special day. Even Lucy Spraggan and Georgie Spraggan messaged me first! Lucy saying "Well done ya little ray of sunshine. Anything is possible. Xxx" and Georgie saying "Well done lady, 1 year clean AND a bikini pic both in one day! Very proud of you. Here's to the rest of the years... Every single one! Xx"
We even caught the sun setting on a few nights during our stay in Greece. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It was also rather funny watching people line up along the wall, taking their 'selfies' with the sunset in the background- especially those who felt the need for a bit of skin in their photo, so did the occasional pulling up of their tops, instagram worthy?
Yes, we joined them having photos with the sunset in the background.
When the day came to come home, I really didnt want to leave. Sivota, Greece, is possibly is most definitely the prettiest place I have ever been on holiday. I was not mentally prepared for the day of travelling- 1 hour 50 minutes on a bus to the airport, 3 hours 15 minutes on the plane, 20 minutes in a taxi and 1 hour 15 minutes in the car home, it tired me out! However, on the way to the airport I did manage to take a few more photos with my phone again, but they aren't of great quailty.
Link to my post on being a year clean: http://smilerofdestiny.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/1-year-clean.html