a priceless getaway: Andros

8 Apr

The greatest of times are spent unplanned.

When N.K. suggested to reschedule the weekend getaway we had cancelled 3 weeks earlier for this weekend I was a bit skeptical. My mom was still in the hospital and I wasn’t in the right mood to leave everything behind. But then I thought that there will never be the perfect scenario (when 4 children under the age of 6 are included) and I went for it.

I packed all things (packing for two kids, one dog & myself can be quite time & energy consuming), closed the house, put everything in the car (including Benny & Iliana) and drove off.

Half way through the ride Benny looked like this:


5 minutes before arriving at the port he threw up. On the towel he was sitting on. A second later I decided to throw the whole thing away (a huge step for me as I am obsessive compulsive about NOT throwing things away). This is not starting the way I planned. Maybe it is a sign. I thought to myself.

Still pretty disgusted I decided NOT to linger on that thought and drove to the port. I picked up N. & Yianni (the latter being so ECSTATIC about the whole riding a FERRY thing he was actually glowing).

We boarded the ferry and went on deck.

ImageAfter a 2 hour ferry ride we headed for N.K.’s house. Iliana was tired and cranky and wanted to return to the ferry (bless the ferry deprived young heart of hers) and Yiannis fell asleep after talking non stop about the ferry and the engines and the water and the waves (you get the picture). WhileYiannis was in dreamland, Iliana started whining about wanting her kiki (a pillowcase she grew attached to the last 2 years). 40 too-long-to-listen-to-a-child-whine minutes later we finally arrived at N.K.’s house.  It was then we made the horrid realization. We lost THE KIKI on the ferry. To be precise N. lost the kiki on the ferry.

For the purpose of not making a TOTAL FOOL out of myself I will not disclose of what went down the next thirty minutes. Let’s just say: I didn’t take the loss of the kiki that well. Yes, you read correctly. It was ME that didn’t take it well. Not Iliana. She was super fine with the replacement I found a little while later. Anyway, I blame it on the stress that had build up due to the events of the last three weeks. 

The next morning I took Yianni and Benny for a walk and bumped into this lovely crowd:

ImageNeedless to say they were both ECSTATIC.

On our way to town N.K. had the splendid idea of stopping by the beach of Niborio where part of the filming of the novel ‘The Jasmin Isle’ or ‘Little England’ took place.

Watching the cast and crew felt like traveling back in time:


After strolling through the beautiful paved alleys of Andros Chora we had a bite to eat and returned home for a much needed rest (kids and adults included).


Y.M. and his son

Our afternoon looked like this:


and this:


The next (and unfortunately last) morning included a bit of this:


a fantastic walk which started here:


and ended (picnic included) here:

ImageOur lovely host N.K. and ultra sweet miss A.:


We had lunch, packed again (someone must do something about this packing thing) and drove off to the port to take the ferry back.

My mood resembled this picture:

ImageMelancholic but happy.

This weekend had it all: quality time with great friends and family while exploring beautiful nature and its creatures. I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend away. Can you?

Until next time
















12 Responses to “a priceless getaway: Andros”

  1. ramblingsfromamum April 8, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    I am so, so glad you had some down time – even with the crew! How wonderful are spontaneous adventures though! The pic of Benny is priceless, he probably had visions of going back to the shelter..his little mind was thinking “Please I’ll be good” after he puked 😦 The photos are lovely you live in such an amazing part of the world and yes no – time at -times – is a good – time to set off, but if you can abandon your fears and your stresses, it all turns out worthwhile, now doesn’t it 🙂 . Daughter #1 had a blanket she carried everywhere …I felt your pain xxx

    • wonderlandbytatu April 8, 2013 at 10:44 am #

      I lost my kiki and I still remember the exact day and sorrow I went through!! It was a pillow I took with me everywhere (which didn’t resemble anything at the time of loss). Iliana is still 3 though and she seemed ok with the whole new kiki thing.
      Yes, Greece is beautiful…
      Maybe you will manage to visit one day 😉

  2. lahacienda April 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Good for you Tatu, hitting the road when the opportunity arises! I love the pictures, especially the one with the kids looking over the ferry rail and with Benny going wild! xxx

    • wonderlandbytatu April 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

      well… Benny had the time of his life!! chasing goats became his main hobby 😉

  3. momtimes4 April 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Wow! It is so pretty there!

  4. memyselfandkids.com April 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Good for you guys for finding the time to get away. It seems like it was just what you needed. I hope the positive affects help you deal with the challenges going on in your life.
    To be honest, I am a bit jealous. I feel the need for a break too!

    • wonderlandbytatu April 8, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

      Let me tell you about the duration of the positive effects: Last night on our way back, 7 minutes before arriving home I switched cars with N. I took the no-kids-whining-about-everything-and-nothing car and he volunteered to take over the war zone car.

  5. sakuraandme April 9, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    Wow! That looked beautiful and peaceful. Actually can you use the word peaceful with small children? lol well, you know what I mean! 🙂 Hugs Paula xx

    • wonderlandbytatu April 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      well yes, there were definitely some peaceful seconds LOL xxx


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