We were so lucky with the weather and had nine days of glorious sunshine, temperatures averaging in the low 20’s, perfect for my fair skin. The villa we stayed in was huge, four bedrooms, three baths, two living rooms, a separate dining room and nice sized kitchen and utility room. It was big enough to give everyone their own space to retreat to. There was a separate apartment in the basement by the pool with an extra bedroom, bathroom and a small kitchenette. It was perfect for our group of eight adults, two children, and two babies.
It had everything we and the kids could want for entertainment, including an outdoor pool, a table tennis table, a trampoline, pool and snooker tables, arcade games, an endless supply of books, DVD’s & TV’s in all the bedrooms and two entertainment rooms with game consoles, board games and musical instruments. Plenty to keep a large group busy if the weather turned bad. Outside the villa there was an outdoor barbeque area, an outdoor bar, a hot tub, stone paved rock garden and a little artificial grass area for the younger ones. There were also a couple of bikes available to use if anyone fancied it.
We spent a blissful holiday sleeping in, lounging by the pool, eating great food and drinking and laughing into the early hours at our fully stocked outdoor bar on the patio. We only ventured out to play mini-golf, visit the nearby playground, market, and shops and eat out once or twice but the villa had everything we needed to keep us entertained.
My fondest memories are the simplest ones; eating a tasty barbeque with everyone as the sun set, splashing about on our giant swan (who the kids named Brian for no particular reason), watching Cian practice his new walking skills around the villa and laughing at each other taking turns to play the ridiculous jibber jabber game.
I noticed the boys getting on particularly well on this holiday, Seán taking much more of an interest in his baby brother on holiday. He helped to feed him, wanted to push the buggy and play with him so much more than at home. Since Cian turned one and started walking Seán has taken more notice of him.
Watching the two of them bond like that is when I realise the value of being together as a family. Outside the home and away from the daily routine. Too often at home the emphasis is on homework, housework, DIY and to-do lists. Being away from the norm allows us to enjoy our time as a family, getting to know each other more and spending our days doing the things that we will remember in years to come; playing, chatting and exploring.