First of all, sorry for the lack of posts recently, university has been pretty hectic this last term and I have just been none stop working. Ok, so this is slightly late, as summer is well and truly over, but I started the draft of this post during summer so thought i'd post it anyway.......
This summer me and my family went on our summer holiday to the beautiful Ionian island, Kefalonia in Greece. I've had the privilege of going on some amazing holidays in my 20 years of life so far, including Skiing in Austria, Yachting in Monaco & Capri, Disneyland Paris and sight seeing in Italy, along with many other lovely holidays, there's too many to go through 20 years! It was glorious sunshine and over 30 degrees everyday for 2 weeks in Kefalonia, so coming back to England was a cold shock, it was freezing!!
First things first......Holiday essentials I couldn't live without whilst on holiday:
3. Ray Bans
4. Piz Buin Tan Intensifier Sun-Cream
5. M&S Aloe Vera After-Sun
6. Mosquito Spray
7. Coral Nail Varnish
8. Revlon Coral Lipstick/Lipgloss
9. Flower Headbands
10. Mini Chanel
I live on my Blackberry, so its a definite holiday essential for me. Whatever phone you have, I'm sure its an essential for all of you to take on holiday. You can keep in touch with all your friends and family whilst you're away and if you have Wi-Fi wherever you're staying you can access Facebook, Twitter, E-mails etc... I also used my phone for taking pictures on holiday seen as I always had it with me.
iPod's are also a must for holidays I think, you can block out all the screaming babies and flight attendant speeches about snacks and duty free's on the plane. Also, its perfect for sun-bathing as you can just chill by the pool or on the beach and escape into the music of your choice.
Sunglasses are also important for holidays as everyone's hoping for some sun!! Well we certainly had a lot of sun in Kefalonia, so i'm glad I took my sunnies! I always take 2 pairs just in case one gets broken during the holiday, usually because someone ends up sitting on them or I drop them on the floor and they crack. Anyhow, this year I took my mirror aviator Ray Bans and some brown tortoise effect ones.
Sun cream is essential for summer holidays! I use Piz Buin Tan Intensifier Factor 30.
It enhances natural tanning and combines an exclusive UVA/UVB sun filter technology and Melitan - a peptide shown to naturally enhance the production of your skin's tanning pigment.
So now you can build a gorgeous, natural tan without compromising on your level of protection. It contains Vitamin A, C and E, and provides hours of moisturisation to help prevent peeling and nourish the skin. It's also water-resistant, which is great for when you want to dive into the pool or go swimming in the sea.
Every holiday I go on, I ALWAYS take after-sun lotion, but this year I found one from M&S which also contains Aloe Vera, which is great for soothing sun burn, so its a win-win. The Aloe Vera After-Sun Gel instantly cools, soothes and moisturises sun-parched skin, helping to prevent peeling, and prolonging a natural tan, leaving skin soft, supple and smooth.
I don't usually get bitten by many mosquitos when I go on holiday but I always take the precaution of using mosquito spray just in case, I usually spray it on my arms and legs before going out at night and it usually does the trick. This year I found this 'Formula Insect Repellent Travel Pack' from M&S which I thought was great for holidays. This handy travel pack contains insect repellent body spray, an insect killer spray and a soothing insect bite spray.
For me, coral nail varnish, lipstick and lipgloss are essentials for summer holidays. I think coral is a great summer colour and brightens up any outfit very simply.
Ok, so I love wearing flower headbands during summer and on holiday. I think they look so feminine and pretty. I'm a bit obsessed, I probably have way too many flower headbands now that I seem to have collected over the past 2 years. But nothing makes a summer outfit look prettier than a flower headband.
And finally, Mini Chanel. Ok, so a Chanel bag isn't in everyone's budget, but I LOVE Chanel and I think the Mini Chanel is perfect for holidays as its small and compact, so doesn't take up room in your suitcase, you can wear it for day or night and it looks chic with any outfit. I used mine everyday and night to go out whilst I was in Kefalonia.
So there you have my Top 10 Holiday Essentials
We stayed at a fantastic villa called 'Villa Brio', which was just outside of the town Skala. The villa was absolutely beautiful and had breath-taking views and a 180 degree view of the sea. This was our pool and outside patio area, with the sea view.
Whilst staying at Villa Brio, my mum woke up early almost everyday to watch the sunrise, as it was a perfect view over the sea. She'd told me how beautiful it was and how it was worth getting up at 6:45am to watch. As i'm not a morning person I wasn't too keen on the 6:45am wake-up but one day I set my alarm and got up to watch the sun rise. I'm SO glad I did, because it was so beautiful.
We also took advantage of the local area and other towns in Kefalonia and visited a few places. Firstly, one of my favourite places in Skala which was the town we were staying in, was the local Patisserie. They sold the most delicious looking cakes and ice-creams I've ever seen! I usually had the 'Oreo Cookies' ice-cream when we went, it was yummy!
Here's a picture of my favourite cakes from the Patisserie......
One of my favourite days of sight-seeing was when we visited 'Lake Melisani' which was like an underground cave with a lake inside. It was so unusual and interesting, I've never seen anything like it in my life. It's so strange what goes on underground that we don't know about. We got our tickets and then walked down this long tunnel to go underground, next we got into a little boat, which then took us around the cave and the lake so we could look at all the different parts of the cave. It was so beautiful and different to anything I've ever done or seen before. If you're ever in Kefalonia, it's well worth a visit!
On our way to the underground caves we found this lake called 'Karavomilos Lake'. It was such a serene setting with the beach and lake with a water-wheel. Here are some pictures which I took there....
Whilst sunbathing at our villa, I had noticed that the private beach area just in front of our villa was a popular place for snorkelers to gather, so I thought I had to give it a try! I went snorkelling for the first time on this holiday, and I became completely obsessed with it, as my friends know because I kept updating them everyday on my snorkelling experiences! I'm not a big fan of the sea as I don't really like the idea of not knowing what's underneath and around you in the water......sharks!!! But once I tried it, I couldn't stop, I wanted to do it everyday! It was so amazing, it was like spying on life underwater, I saw so many different species of fish!
Anyone who hasn't tried it, you've got to, but make sure you do it in a great snorkelling spot!
Here are some other pictures from the holiday......
Me & my brother in one of our favourite restaurants in Skala - 'The Scandinavia'
Me & my singing partner....Polina
Me at the Jazz Night at 'Il Destino' in Skala, another one of our favourite restaurants
Overall, it was such a lovely holiday and if you ever go to Kefalonia, I highly recommend staying at Villa Brio.
Thanks for reading......