Normal service is resuming once again here, after what can only be described as an interesting few weeks. Time has ebbed and flowed and left me wondering where the summer is going, and why it's going quite so fast. Since time seemed to be running away, you can imagine my dismay when upon returning from holiday, I set out for work with a head full of ideas and promptly stumbled, heard an almighty crack and fell to the ground. A painful fall was definitely not on my to-do list that day. A fridge full of good intentions languished as trips to the kitchen and bathroom were reserved for emergencies only. That said even my broken ankle brought with it some unexpected treats. Visits from friends I'd not seen for a while, bouquets of pretty petals arriving on my doorstep and finally, finally tackling some admin that I'd been putting off for ages. Little pleasures amid the pain. Now on the mend (and sporting a most impressive bruise) I thought it was high time that I shared some happy memories from our recent trip to Lefkada, Greece.
Having never been to Greece, I hit up Pinterest for some wanderlust inspiration - and I wasn't disappointed. (By the way, I'm over here if you fancy following me.) My research showed that blue skies, turquoise seas, sunshine and pastel pretty houses awaited on our Greek adventure. That, and a whole lot of feta cheese.
Sat in the Ionian sea, Lefkada island (or Lefkas as is it also known) is quieter than many of the other Greek islands. We stayed at Harmony Villas in Katouna on the east side of the island, which we booked through Booking.com. We stayed in one of the two bedroom villas, which also had a gorgeous pool - essential for hot, lazy days. While I do love hotels, especially those on the luxe end of the scale, a villa is perfect for family holidays. There is space enough for everyone, the self-catering option keeps costs down while allowing for quiet nights in and a private pool means there are no sun lounger battles to contend with. The grounds where the villa (along with three others) was situated was stunning: think rows of gnarled olive trees, buildings painted in the softest pinks, pretty cobbled paving and pots overflowing with colourful flowers.
There is something almost medicinal about being surrounded by such beauty and colour. A pure colour tonic that's good for the soul. Drinking it in became a daily ritual. I relished sneaking out onto our balcony before anyone else had woken, to sit in the stillness of the morning. The sight of the sea and the mountains on the horizon was breathtaking. There was such magic in watching the sun rise, as it gently coloured the landscape with light and shade, bringing once darkly shrouded buildings into the clear focus of day.
Pinks of all shades, green, soft yellows, white and grey makes for a winning colour combination. Even better when it matches my (new favourite) summer dress...
I was obsessed with the pink and white painted exterior walls of the villas. Painting them two colours seems like a bold move, but they fit in perfectly with the vibrant surroundings. As much as I loved it, I'm not sure this painting choice would translate back home on our terrace in London.
I couldn't write about the colours of Greece, without including some blue hues. The swimming pool sparkled in the sunshine each day, and the life saver contrasted with the water beautifully.
I'll be back soon with a little round up of what we got up to in Lefkada. (Hint, a lot of swimming, eating and reading...)
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