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Santorini, Greece

Know what kids love more than being made to stand in one place for an hour? Being made to stand in one place for an hour in the blazing hot sun, in a crowd of people all trying to get the best view of the famous Santorini sunset in front of you.

Oia, Santorini - littleswallow.me

In fact, when you think about it, forcing a kid to watch the sun go down is not only torturous for its sheer boredom factor, but also because it signals the end of all that is happy and bright in their world since we all know how much kids hate going to bed at night.

Thira, Santorini - littleswallow.me

Thank god for ice cream, because that little guy was working overtime as the ultimate bribe for almost every adult situation we subjected Wolfie and Wilder to while we were away. Come on boys, just walk for 5 more minutes and we'll get you ice cream! We know it's hot, but we're just working up a sweat so we can enjoy some ice cream! Yes, all these other tourists are smacking their bags into you and squashing you against the wall, but look over here - ice cream!!

Thira, Santorini - littleswallow.me

Also can we just take a second to appreciate the sheer beauty of gyros? From a deliciousness vs investment point of view, those gyros smash it out of the park.

Gyros, Santorini

Oia, Santorini

Santorini was even more beautiful this time around for me - granted, my memory is terrible, but I didn't remember there being as many cool places to eat, shop and drink in the gorgeous towns.

Red Beach, Santorini - littleswallow.me

Perissa, Santorini - littleswallow.me

Perissa, Santorini - littleswallow.me

Santorini - littleswallow.me

We took the islands buses everywhere and explored beaches and towns, we moaned about the lack of fine sand but marvelled at the dramatic red and blacks of their famous beaches, and we soaked up stunning sunsets every evening. 

Thira, Santorini - littleswallow.me

Thira, Santorini - littleswallow.me

The CG and I had the best fun out dancing the night away as we bar hopped through town, while mum and I shopped the boutiques until 1am while the kids slept.

Thira, Santorini - littleswallow.me

Thira, Santorini - littleswallow.me

Thira, Santorini - littleswallow.me

My worries about our holiday being too hectic, and involving too much moving around from place to place, melted away as the kids showed again how excited they get to be in a new place, exploring new things - as long as they're with you, that's all they hope for (and ice cream, obviously).

Thira, Santorini - littleswallow.me

Thira, Santorini - littleswallow.me


With Wilder getting cheekier by the day, it was time to start our journey home via one last stop: Dubai.

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