Greek adventure part 2
I read recently that how emotionally connected you feel to someone is relative to the amount of shared experiences you have with them. Experiences that are a little different. One of the things I am most grateful for is the multitude of memories I have with Eddie. Time and memories have taken on a new meaning for me and, even though he might not remember, should anything happen I want there to be a million mementos of us. I want him to know we travelled the world and that he enhanced my life. With just one week on the Thomson Dream we created so many more memories. Waking up in a Turkey, Eddie requested a beach day. We got a bus to the ‘ladies beach’ and made sand castles and went up and down the beach finding shells to decorate them with.
Turkey was the only destination we visited that I felt uncomfortable in as a single lady so, after a short while, we got a taxi back to the boat and had a hearty buffet lunch. Then Eddie played around the pool for a while with the other children that he had become friendly with over the course of the week. After the beach and swimming he was shattered and asked to watch the iPad so we made our way to the coffee port on the ship – which serves tea, coffee and the most delicious cakes.
The atmosphere was ever so friendly – Eddie’s ‘sugar high’ kept the other holidayers entertained and we ended up spending two hours chatting and exchanging travel stories with other passengers. That evening I had booked us dinner at The Hot Grill on the 11th deck with an incredible sea view. After an array of tapas to start I cooked my own lobster on my grill which Eddie thought was fantastic. It was a real experience.
The following day we woke up in Piraeus, Greece and I decided to let loose and let Eddie try French toast for the first time. Which, quite rightly, he absolutely loved. Every meal on the Thomson Dream had a real sense of occasion – even breakfast. This was due to the friendly and happy nature of all the staff. After breakfast we left the ship and got a taxi to a gorgeous beach bar on Asteria beach.
We were so lucky to have glorious sunshine every day of our Greek adventure. We spent the morning and afternoon playing in white sand and two little children joined in and played with Eddie and built sand castles which he loved. We are lunch there and my fresh salad with pomegranate and apple and sesame seeds was incredible. Eddie devoured his chicken club sandwich – the child to food ratio never ceases to amaze me – he can eat so much. It was such a wonderful day and we had so much fun together. He fell asleep in the taxi on the way back to the boat and then we got back to the room and there was a letter saying he could go and play in kids club and go on a dinosaur adventure (his idea of heaven). He was so confident and happily went off to play. I took full advantage of a two hour break and went up to deck 11 and sunbathed around the adults pool where they were playing music – it had such a party atmosphere! For dinner we ate in Orion restaurant – I was really pleased with how incredible all the food was – sometimes vegetarian meals are an afterthought and this really wasn’t the case – every meal was fantastic. I was sadly aware that our adventure was coming to an end and was seriously considered spending the next year doing cruise ship tours and travelling the world. We awoke in Katakolo, Greece the next day but before we could explore Eddie had a breakfast date – ‘breakfast club’ with all his friends from kids club.
So I got in another early sunbathe. After his 3 course breakfast I picked Eddie up and we went into the tiny port town. It was ever so clean and pretty. There was a really lazy, relaxed feel to the town. We had chocolate ice cream on the harbour and then browsed the shops. We came across a gorgeous shop selling all natural Greek, olive oil products – we bought sponges and natural soap and olive oil as presents for the family.
After a while we caught the small ‘train’ and went for a drive through the countryside and the vineyards. As Eddie snuggled up alongside me I said a huge ‘thank you’ for the wonderful holiday we had shared together. After pies in the port for lunch we headed back to the shop for the last time. Eddie had his final play at kids club at Children’s Olympics and I got my last opportunity to sit in the sunbathe and reflect on what truly was the trip of a lifetime.