Having recently returned from a sunny week spent relaxing in Kos I can now say that I enjoy a hot & sunny vacation, on occasion.
Up until this point I have been someone who dives into the shade as soon as the sun peeks out from behind a cloud and have preferred sticking to cultural city breaks rather than poolside lounging.
I'm now the gal lathered in factor 50 who happily wears a humongous wide brimmed sun hat, scooting my sunbed to readjust as the parasol shade moves throughout the day.
Now moving on to the delicious side of the vacation....
The well catered hotel subscribed to my ethos of the glory of cake and afternoon tea.
Each day at 4.30 a selection of cakes and hot beverages were laid out and allowed us to partake in a caffeinated sugary energy boost.
There was also an air-conditioned Coffee Bar on site (think walk-in freezer). Not only did it offer espresso based drinks and yet another selection of sweet things to tickle our taste buds but it was also a very welcome blast of cool to help us in our daily battle against melting in the Grecian heat (30+ C / 90+ F).
I freely admit that I was quite giddy when we found this place.
Of course we ate proper meals as well as cake.
Every meal offered a large selection of grilled fish, skewered meats, and Mediterranean vegetable dishes as well as the familiar stodgy carb fest (french fries & spaghetti bolognese) for those who were creatures of habit.
Random German dishes could also be found sprinkled in amongst the Greek delights. Various Schnitzel, gherkin salads, cabbage dishes and rye bread meant my buffet plate was truly internationalised at each meal.
The uniting factor for each of these meals of course, was that they always included sweets of some kind.
Vacation is the time to indulge, so why not have a sugar ball infused waffle with your breakfast muesli & fruit?
Why not pair up your healthy dessert of fresh melon with baklava & creme caramel?
Why not indeed.
Long live fun in the sun or should I say a warm welcome to it finally, whichever the case may be.