Tuesday, 9 June 2015


Springtime in the Mediterranean is beautiful when the ground is a profusion of wild flowers.

We were in Greece for a much needed dose of vitamin D, but so early in the year the sun can't be guaranteed to shine every day. On a rather dull day we borrowed bicycles from the hotel and explored the local area.

Another day we hired a car and looked a little further afield.

The hotel supplied us with picnic boxes.

And two of our party braved the cold water.
My, but this exploring lark is hard work!
We had booked our holiday in a brand new hotel, the Ikos Olivia. It had been open for only one week prior to our arrival and we were prepared for a bit of initial chaos. The reception was terrible, marooned in the lobby with a glass of fizz because our rooms weren't ready. Not what you want to hear when you've been up since 3am! We were disappointed with the room, when we finally got to it. It was smaller than our airport accommodation, with only a pokey shower room and a terrace with very little sun.
But we spent very little time there so it didn't matter too much.
In a few years when the gardens have matured I think that the site will be beautiful. All the planting has a watering system in place. The walls are going to be dripping in bougainvillea.
Apart from the staff at our arrival and the very frosty main receptionist who told us that the room that we had was, 'very nice' when I asked to be moved to a room with a bath, all the other members of staff were terrific. But the Olivia is a huge complex, not really our sort of thing.
Nevertheless we had a good time!
Georgio's cocktails were excellent

And all the staff at the Ouzo restaurant were FABULOUS, spoiling us rotten with a cake for the birthday girl
 and singing in both English and Greek!
The food was excellent - this was my breakfast.
Yup, both plates.
Necessitating a daily exercise class!
Evenings meant another cocktail (and the opportunity for Heidi to wear another pair of heels)
Can that girl pack!

Then the serious business of studying the menu.
Mmm, veggie starter,
and grilled prawns for main.
On the last night of our holiday the outdoor theatre at the hotel gave their first show.
A colourful ending to a very nice time.


  1. Thanks for taking me on a little trip to Greece!

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Michelle. We went for the sunshine. Now that I'm home the vitamin D is having to come out of a bottle!

  2. My greatest adventure was in Greece. I loved that country.

    Even if the accommodations were not what you hoped, at least the cocktails were - and really, which was more important.

    1. Your 'greatest adventure', now that sounds exciting - you are going to have to tell me more!

      I don't drink alcohol, my non-alcoholic concoctions were very sweet, but did look pretty!