never underestimate the power of a vacation: Corfu

30 Jun

We are back.

After spending 10 beautiful days on the island of Corfu with our rediscovered friends N.K. & Y.M.

It was the first time in 6 years that we returned home with a nostalgic sigh rather than a sigh of relief. To all the parents of young children: Hang in there, there will come a time when vacation will mean VACATION again, sooner than you think.

OK, I must admit it. The potential for a successful vacation was there. The weather was awesome, all four kids were healthy and the house we were lucky enough to spend our holidays in was HEAVEN on EARTH. No, seriously. But most important of all, the company was GREAT.

We laughed, sun bathed for 10 consecutive minutes without being interrupted, ate like pigs (I tried to weigh myself in the morning and for the first time in my life I was actually thankful that THIS home appliance was out-of-order), went out to dinner (without kids), watched movies, ate Fonzies. We had a BLAST!

Let me share some pictures of our trip.

I was a bit terrified of the road trip as it involved spending 6 hours in the car & 1 hour on the ferry, but we managed to survive it.

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Note to self No 1: Next time I will tell the kids that we are going to cross a magical bridge, 5 minutes before the actual crossing (to avoid hearing the kids ask: where is the bridge, for 369 times).

After a long and stressful trip we finally arrived. All the stress was gone in a second when we faced this:

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Although we were extremely tempted NOT to leave the house at all, we managed to act like tourists on a few occasions

We visited the shell museum (kind of decadent but the kids loved it)


we went to one of Corfu’s most beautiful beaches, Ag. Gordios

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visited the Achilleion Palace


Note to self No 2: Don’t go on a sightseeing tour with a sleep deprived 3-year-old.

strolled around the castle of Corfu


and around the old town


I even got my burger & fries. I was in FOOD HEAVEN (at this point I was seriously doubting the fact that this vacation could get ANY BETTER)


By the time we realized there was no place like (N.K.’s) home, we decided to stay put and enjoy the small things in life:

the sea


the unbelievable fool moon


Y.M. in character while trying to fight off the boys


the satisfaction of completing this puzzle with my soul sister and co creator N.K.


and most important of all, we enjoyed this:


the best gang in the world!

until next time



I dedicate this post to N.K. & Y.M. Thank you for everything!

16 Responses to “never underestimate the power of a vacation: Corfu”

  1. kidsrecipesandorganisedchaos July 1, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    So many family and friends are heading to Greece soon! Feeling very deprived! It looks like a beautiful holiday!

  2. mmtread July 1, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    That looks FANTASTIC! I’m really envious. I’d love to go back to Corfu, but it’s definitely not gonna happen this summer. Glad you had such a fun – and relaxing – trip.

    • wonderlandbytatu July 1, 2013 at 10:48 am #

      You must return at some point. See new places though. Let me know the next time you come so I can give you a couple of tips!

  3. sakuraandme July 1, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Hey T. 🙂 What brilliant shots and yum yum yum to that Burger and fries!! Lol
    Ohhhh so you had that who Simpsons thing going on about, Are We There Yet? *Yikes* Still, look at these magical photos and how awesome a time you had. Way to go!! Hugs Paula xxx

    • wonderlandbytatu July 1, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      thank you and yes, the burger ROCKED!
      we did have an awesome time & I wanted to post the pictures to remember. xxx

  4. john July 1, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    we love you Tatu,N.,Yand I.!!!
    the Corfu Gang!

  5. July 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Glad it was such a beautiful vacation. Great photos.BTW, Corfu is the Greek island I’ve visited (years ago). Amazing!

    • wonderlandbytatu July 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      That doesn’t come as a surprise to me at all. Corfu is one of the most popular Greek islands. If you ever come back I can give you a few tips on different kind of islands to see, OK?

  6. Maria Naxaki July 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Ax! Bravo, bravo, bravo to the cheerful, positive, sunny, smiley post of my sweet friend!!! you made my day, thinking of you four having a wonderful time! keep up this joyful spirit! I miss you!!! filakia

    • wonderlandbytatu July 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

      ok….I guess I sound pretty shitty on my other posts than… 😉
      I miss you too my sweet friend M.! xxx

  7. meditatingmummy July 2, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    Oh Tatu, makes me want to visit again. You know we loved Greece, sadly we only spent time in Athens… Next time the islands and maybe I can chat with yu before we go. We wanted to do Santorini but with the kids and a ferry ride… It wasn’t to be. Soon!!!
    Love the photo of all the kids playing. Isn’t it blissful when they play so well together? I’m getting more and more of it now. I count myself lucky when it is at least 30 mins of uninterrupted time. So glad you enjoyed with dear friends and so happy you got some rest and relaxation.

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