Two girls on an island.


Chances are that If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I was on a little holiday last week. Hopefully you're not sick of the photos yet as this post is basically a massive pic dump of my trip.

My best bud Sadie and I have been talking about going on holiday together for YEARS and 2014 was finally the time for us to make good on our promise. We chose Greece as our destination, specifically, the island of Kos.

We got to our hotel, The Blue Lagoon Resort, quite late thanks to delays from the French air traffic control strike but awoke nice and early the next day, ready to hit the beach. 

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We decided to take a few trips while we were there, the first of which was an Aegean Cruise on a pirate ship named Captain Hook, with a captain that really did resemble Hook. We sailed to three islands and jumped off the ship into the sea at each stop - so fun!

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This turned out to be one of our favourite days, sunbathing on a boat all day whilst sailing the ocean seas is an activity that's hard to beat. Needless to say, we were quite a few shades darker by the time we got back to the port. 

Our second trip was to Therma, a place with natural hot springs in the sea. Apparently the sulphur in the springs helps to keep you young and if you ignore the smell (which wasn't actually that bad when we went) the hot water is very relaxing. A bit like taking a warm bath in the sea.

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Sadie had an Ariel moment on the rocks, feeling like the Little Mermaid and stuff. I think she pulled it off well to be honest.

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To get to where the hot springs were, you had to walk down a pretty steep hill in the cliffs. They were offering donkey rides up and down the mountain path, which we were both opposed to at first because of the heat and feeling sorry for the little donks. However, the sight of the trek back up was a bit too much for us so we rationalised our change of heart and jumped on. I figured I couldn't got on holiday somewhere and not find some kind of animal to ride, breaking tradition and all that.

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Once we got to the top we went to wait for the bus back and ran into a goat that seemed quite pleased to take a selfie with us. Definitely my favourite photo from the whole trip.

The next evening we drove to the village of Zia, to witness the best sunsets on Kos island. The place really was beautiful and whilst we waited for the sun to go down we enjoyed some homemade lemonade at the cutest little restaurant.

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This bright blue is a colour you see so much of in Greece, it stands out so well against the white buildings and gives the villages such a bright and happy vibe.

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At about 8.30pm the sun went down and our surroundings were awash with a gorgeous orange glow. I still don't think anywhere can beat a Phoenix sunset, but this came pretty close.

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Kos Island is only a 45 minute boat trip from Turkey, so we popped over there for a day to check out the markets, which are known for their very nice fake designer bags and watches. 

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The bags didn't really take our fancy but we did buy a watch each and some other cute little bits like turkish lanterns and gifts for people back home. 

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All too soon it was our last day so we headed into Kos Town again to experience it by daylight (we'd gone out on bar street one night to experience the club scene). We wandered around the markets there and took a free train tour around the town. 

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Before we left we sat by the marina admiring all of the very plush private yachts and decided that next time, we'll be returning on one of those. Hey, we can always dream..

Catalina Island weekender.


Ty and I are once again in California. It feels like I've spent more time here than I have in Arizona this trip!

This time around it's a vacation week for us both, which we kicked off with a trip to Catalina Island for the weekend. It was our first time to the island but we went with my Cali family (Parker, Heather, Hendrix, Mandela and John) who have been before, so I knew we'd have a ton of fun things to do.

Catalina is a 45 minute boat trip off the coast of L.A, so we started at the Catalina Express port in Long Beach and were walking into the sun in Avalon less than an hour later. We went up to the deck for most of the ride and saw some dolphins chasing the boat.

The coolest thing about Catalina is that most people get around on golf carts. There are a few cars that you see, but most of them are tiny runarounds. We got a golf cart with the apartment we rented, so our transportation was sorted. It's a windy ride, especially at night, but it's the Catalina way.

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Our apartment was up in the cliffs at Hamilton Cove and the views were breathtaking. It had a Greek Island vibe up there, probably because of the white washed buildings and the steep cliffside roads. It was the perfect place to stay and I loved falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean waves.

Our first activity the day we got there was jet skiing with Parker and her boyfriend Mandela. I'd only briefly ridden a jet ski before so this was a new experience for me. I bloody loved it. Driving it was great although I preferred being on the back while Ty took the reins. We did actually tip the ski over and fall in at one point, but it added to the fun. Plus, we saw dolphins swimming by us! Definitely something I want to do again.

We tried the local seafood for dinner, and I got my fill of oysters which I was happy about. I had the usual raw oysters then realised I'd never tried Oysters Rockefeller before, so a round of those was ordered. They were tasty but I still prefer the traditional kind.

The next morning Ty and I went snorkelling at Lovers Cove. It was a really cool experience as the water was so deep and there were so many fish swimming around us. There's a beautiful orange fish that you often see in the water around Catalina Island, called the Garibaldi. Those were wonderful to see up close, as well as some sea snails and even a sea lion that swam by us. I really want to try scuba diving next, although I'll have to get over the ick-factor of the seaweed first.

After our underwater adventures we strolled over to the pier to meet the rest of the crew who were doing a spot of fishing. Mandela proved to be a bit too good at it, catching 9 fish in about half an hour! Ty was good at it too and caught 5 big ones, however Parker and I just kept getting our bait robbed. The fish were too smart for our hooks I guess. (Animal activists, don't worry, we threw them all back in and every single one swam away unharmed).

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That evening we went to the Island's massive theatre, which used to be a famous casino, and is now a cinema, to see Spiderman 2. They only play one movie at a time, so we lucked out with that one. 

All too quickly, Monday morning came and it was time for us to board the boat once again and return to the mainland. We made some unforgettable memories on this short trip and I'd love to visit Catalina Island again one day. As with most islands, the pace is pleasantly slower and perfect for some respite from the 'real world'. I really enjoyed not having any phone service too, sometimes it's nice to cut yourself off from everything for a little while. Bliss. 

Catalina, we thank you.

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