The past week I was with my little family on holidays in Greece, to be more precise on the famous island Rhodes. Right from the beginning I must admit that we were more of the lazy tourists kind as we did not go out to see any sights such as the city of Rhodes itself. Okay, maybe not only because we were lazy but because traveling with a little baby in +35 degrees celsius/ 95 degrees fahrenheit is not really the smartest option (hey, I need at least some kind of excuse for just sleeping at the beach…).
Our plane left Helsinki on sunday afternoon and we arrived in our hotel room in late evening hours. Due to the late arrival we had no dinner but we had a great view over Rhodes (city) by night which is pretty impressive! The hotel itself was advertised as a family hotel and there were a lot of families with their young kids there. The hotel/ trip organizer offered for kids a daycare option to give the exhausted parents some rest. This was no option for us a Nathan is just too young for that and anyways he is perfectly happy by eating and sleeping the entire day.
Our days were actually really busy even though we had mostly nothing but being at the beach, at the pool, eat and go during evening hours to the nearby village. For me being lazy and at the same time to be feeling busy and exhausted at the end of the day is something new to me! Usually I went for a short 2km swim in the “action” pool each morning before breakfast, went with my wife and baby to the beach and later on to the pool area and finished the day with a great dinner and stroll around the village.This was the first real holiday I have ever had. Before I only went to sunny places for swimming camps, in my childhood I went during summer holidays to our cottage which is in the end mostly work and the China trips were usually to be with the Chinese family, eat a lot and go overweight back to Finland.
Remember that my wife belongs to that Chinese majority who can’t swim (I know, it’s very embarrassing for me as a former professional swimmer)? As she really wanted to enjoy the ocean as well we got her an air mattress to float at the shore. No, she was never in danger as I watched out that nothing happened and besides, she was also only as far as her feet could touch the ground. To her dismay her skin got tanned! To my amusement no day passed where she didn’t complain about her dark skin (he he!). Now you may wonder what did little Nathan do the entire time. He sometimes enjoyed the pool in his full body suit and extra thick layer of sun screen and of course mostly only in shadowed areas or slept in his stroller always nearby us. As he can not speak for himself yet I must say that he looked pretty damn happy when going for a little swim with me. At least the different crazy sounds he can do were all of the happy kind, not the upset heartbreaking kind.
During our time spent at the beach we got to know another Chinese guy who is going from beach to beach and offering massage for the tourists. At first we thought he might be employed by the hotel but later on he told us his not so happy tale. As many other Chinese in Greece he came illegally to the country to find work. Before the economic crises it was actually pretty okay till he lost his job and ended up doing the massage at the beach during summer times. This apparently happened to many other Chinese and there are whole crews going around, waving their little pamphlet with the prices of the different massages. He said also that the bigger beaches are mostly controlled by Chinese black society (when it comes to services Chinese can offer there) which leaves people like him only some smaller beaches with less business possibilities. He also wants to go back to China but he first wants to make a little profit before going back as the illegal way of getting out of China is very expensive. I just hope for him, the other Chinese and any other people who suffered due to the economic crises there that their situation will improve again over time.
What else to say about this trip other than it was pretty much perfect for us? The food was great, the area was wonderful and everything was working out well. Everything? Okay, there was this issue with the terrible internet connection which was driving me insane sometimes but then again it was a holiday, so why did I care so much about having a good internet connection and getting annoyed by not being upload stupid pictures to twitter…who knows…
Anyways, I am very glad we took this trip and I am also surprised that everything went to easy with Nathan as you usually hear that it can get pretty rough to travel with a baby.
19 thoughts on “Holidays in Greece”
Very nice to hear you had a great time, Crazy. Lovely weather in the photos, lovely views, food and drink. Those desserts look very good and I hope you were allowed to eat as many as you want. Haha, your wife can’t swim…neither can I. You might as well have hired a small boat for her to enjoy the ocean 🙂 Hope the “action pool” wasn’t too crowded for you in the mornings and you managed to relive your glory swimming days. Previous hotels I’ve stayed in where there were pools, they were always crowded in the mornings.
The food was really great. The “action” pool wasnt even that full as all the pools opened at 8am, same time as breakfast openen, throught his most people first went to eat and only a few went for their morning swim. Anyways the hotel had so many pools that they never really got really stuffed
Haha, love how you say the pools “never really got really stuffed”. That must have been good for you, and it looks like the pools were very nice pools. Breakfast over swimming? The breakfast must have been really good then 🙂
Sounds like a pretty good holiday to me! You were once a professional swimmer? That’s awesome! Did you compete internationally or just in Finland?
How was the fish spa? I almost got to experience the it in Hong Kong, but the place we went to was closed. So I had to settle for a normal foot massage. Not as interesting!
I competed on international level, but was never outside of Europe. Biggest competitions were for me the European Champs and than several international meets such as the so called “mare nostrum” were athletes from all over the world were present 🙂
The fish spa is very interesting, at first really ticklish though. After a minute you get used to it that fishes picking at your feet 🙂
That’s pretty cool. What events did you compete in? I was a swimming instructor for four years, but I never swam competitively. Always wondered what it would be like.
I was mostly a 200m freestyle swimmer, however later on also 100m freestyle and in my past two years it changed to 100m butterfly and 50m breastroke (due to injuries I had to change my focus).
During my “prime” I had 21 training sessions a week 🙂
I love Nathan’s face in the fish spa ‘Daddy what the hell is that’ 🙂 I got pretty upset reading the massage-guy’s story, but your family had fun and that’s what matters 🙂 PS if that makes your wife feel better my husband ‘can’ swim, but last year in Hawaii a guy asked me if Sing is actually drowning now haha 🙂
We had a lot of fun there 🙂
My wife settled for floating maximim two meters fromt he beach, so basically the water barely ever went over her hips.
Interesting to read the unexpected story about the Chinese guy giving massages… and I notice the little guy is starting to show some Finnish traits, hehe. 🙂
It was kind of weird to meet that Chinese guy, he was also very surprised to meet a Chinese tourist at that area as most Chinese tourist go to total different areas in Greece.
I actually can’t say how the little guy is developing, for me he just looks like as before, however when I look at pictures from few months ago I can clearly see some difference .)
What a nice holiday! It’s good you can travel even with the baby.
The fish spa is very ticklish, Nathan didn’t complain? haha!
No, he didn’t really complain. Only moved his feet in the beginning and stared at all the people laughing about him there 😀
Greece was my honeymoon destination. Loved your post and I can totally relate to your experience
Thank you for stopping by. Greece was certainly a wonderful experience for us as well. I hope that we can go there again someday 🙂