Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Hotels Santai Family Resort)

It all feels like a dream now. No wonder, I am proper late with this post (what’s new ha ha). Nevertheless, our holiday in Turkey (back in September) was great. Probably that’s why it went so fast. We would have happily stayed for at least another week. But, oh well, all good things come to an end…

Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Santai Family Resort)

We booked our Turkey holiday about 4-5 months prior the actual trip and it seemed we had ages to wait!

I am not even gonna talk about holiday shopping and packing today. Trust me, it is a nightmare to pack yourself + 3 kids for a week. I am tend to think I might need EVERYTHING when it comes to packing. I would probably take the whole entire house if I could. But then there is a very limited space in luggages (even though we bought 20kg extra suitcase and had 1 hand luggage each). So at the end I had to somehow make those important packing decisions and to only pick the stuff that we could definitely not survive without.

So finally, the morning of so much waited 16th of September has come. We were finally off to the airport!!!

Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Santai Family Resort)

And then I had to face my least favourite part of our holiday – the flight. I am TERRIFIED of flying! I don’t even know why, I cannot explain, and I understand, that I am being silly here. But I just can’t help- am frightened when it comes to plane journeys. I was preparing myself for this since it was booked, but I was still feeling very tense, even lightheaded a bit.

But no choice, hey. If I wanted to get to Turkey, I had to board this damn plane. I don’t suppose I could drive there or take a train, huh? So I did board a plane at the end.

Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Santai Family Resort)

At the beginning of the flight I was not too bad actually. I thought I was holding myself together. But once I felt a slightest turbulence, that was it – I was about to cry and I didn’t even care about that sunny Turkey no more. Nearly 5 hours on the plane seemed like ages to me.

Now, believe me or not, I found a solution there. Maybe not ideal solution for a mother of 3, but, hey, it really did help and that was all that mattered! So here is my secret medicine if you are scared of flying: Continue reading Family Holiday in Turkey 2016 (IC Hotels Santai Family Resort)

Weekend @ Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park | Haven Holiday

Following My Birthday post, I am now sharing our lovely experience – weekend (Friday to Monday) break to Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park (Haven Holiday), which was gifted to me by my wonderful (sometimes) cousin. 🙂 He with the family has also joined us for a trip.

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday ParkDriving to Devon took us approximately 4 hours. It actually doesn’t feel as long, as it sounds. Daniella slept in the car for about an hour and Harry had a very short 20 minutes nap. Despite Harry (11 months old) was mostly awake throughout the journey, he was totally brilliant. Our baby was looking around, playing with his toys, having a laugh with his sister – he was such a good boy!

I actually start to really enjoy our long family journeys/ road trips. It is a perfect time to spend some quality time with each other- to talk, to sing, to play games. Yes, we sing and play games while we are all in the car for several hours. It’s really fun and time flies by! While on the way to Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park, we played words guessing game (Hangman) and we actually had so much laugh. Then we were all getting crazy once Justin Timberlake’s song – Can’t Stop the Feeling started playing on the radio (that song really makes me dance!). Music was as loud as it possibly could be in the car and we were all dancing, jumping, screaming in the car trying to be cooler than each other! Edward was driving, but even he was trying to show off his dance moves ha ha.

Once we entered Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park at around 6pm on Friday, we were quite amused – it looked like a proper holiday resort!  I’ve never been to a caravan holiday in England before, it was totally different from what I’ve imagined. We all got even more excited  and after collecting the keys were off to find our caravan, where we were going to stay together with my cousin’s family.

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

I was so pleasantly surprised again! Our caravan had a sea view and was really modern and cosy! There was a kitchen together with a living room, 3 bedrooms- 2 twins and 1 double, a toilet and a shower. It was really spacious enough for our 2 families. We unpacked our stuff and went for a little walk to look around. And it was great!

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

That evening we made BBQ dinner next to our caravan, loads of snacks and some drinks. We enjoyed every minute of it.

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park

Day after, in the morning, we went to resort’s indoor swimming pools – kids were over the moon. In the afternoon, we had decided to visit Kingswear, which was approximately 1 hour drive away from Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park and then the plan was to take a ferry to Dartmouth – my cousin has promised, that the town is really pretty. Pretty was not the right word to describe it, to be honest. It was beyond amazing! Kingswear and Dartmouth are perhaps the most beautiful places I have ever been to in England! The town, the views, the sea – it really takes your breath away. I was probably walking with my mouth widely open with the amazement it’s just indescribable. Incredibly beautiful place. I fell in love. 🙂 Continue reading Weekend @ Devon Cliffs Caravan Holiday Park | Haven Holiday

Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

If you are expecting to see some sightseeing photos from our Mini Break in Lithuania, you are looking at the wrong post. 🙂 This time, we only stayed there for the few days and, as you might know, the main reason for the whole trip was my Grandma’s birthday. Therefore, 95% of our time there we spent with my family and the other 5% with friends.

Let’s talk photos today. A picture below was taken on our very first day of our Lithuanian break, soon after we arrived to my Grandma’s house.  Edward’s face says it all – it’s been a long day. Our flight was at around 6.30am, therefore we were all up since 2.30am.

This terrace of my Grandmother holds so many memories. My sisters and I used to always play there as kids. However, the windows were not always there. it used to be as a huge balcony before. I remember us, kids, sitting there, on the edge of the balcony with our legs hanging out. The thought of it terrifies me now! It’s on the second floor, I can’t even think of what could have happened if we slipped or something!

Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

Next photo below is from one of our many lunches out. I really miss the food from Lithuania (not necessarily Lithuanian food, but made by Lithuanians). For example, pizzas are somewhat different there and I love them so much! Edward enjoys it a lot too. I am very glad he does. 🙂

Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

Below- Edward and Daniella at the main shopping centre named Akropolis in Kaunas city. We always go there when we are visiting Lithuania. There is everything in one place – lots of clothes and shoe stores, cinema, restaurants and cafes, bowling, ice ring, food store, pharmacy and loads more. It’s kind of Lithuanian Westfield, ha ha. 🙂
Mini Lithuanian Break: Family & Friends

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Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel, Kaunas

‘Lithuanian Break’ story will be posted in 2 separate posts, as there is so much to share about. Welcome to the part 1 – Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel in Kaunas. There will be a video added at part 2, so stay tuned! 🙂

Our mini Lithuanian break was lovely, just as we hoped! It went so fast, though, that it feels like it was never here. Oh well, 4 days only, we knew that was gonna go as a blink of an eye.

Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel, Kaunas

Packing was the most unpleasant part of it.  It took me nearly the whole day to pack mine, Harry’s and Daniella’s stuff! I was so happy when it was finally over!

So at 3.30am on Wednesday, Edward, Harry, Daniella, I + my cousin with his family were all off to  Liverpool airport to catch our 7am flight to Vilnius. Luka, unfortunately, couldn’t go, as she had school to go to. But she actually wasn’t too sad, she had already been to Lithuania and also Tenerife this year, so this girl is travelling more often than all of us do!

Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel, Kaunas

There is one thing you probably didn’t know about me- I have a pretty big fear of flying. I am normally shaking with the smallest of turbulence. Even the thought of it makes me nervous! But this time, I took some calming drops with me, that Edward used to get his emotions in place before his driving exam, more than a year ago. I took a few drops more than they advise on the bottle and it really did help!

Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel, Kaunas

The whole journey went really well. Harry slept for almost half of the flight (it takes 2.5 hours to get to Lithuania) and Daniella was playing with her paper dollies- dressing them in their sticker dresses or getting crazy (and making a lot of noise on the airplane) with her daddy.

Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel, Kaunas

We landed in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius at around 11am (2 hours’ time difference) and then took a huge 2 deck train to Kaunas, second biggest city in Lithuania (which is actually not at all big), where we had Magnus hotel booked for our stay. Continue reading Mini Lithuanian Break: Arriving & Magnus Hotel, Kaunas