Back in July Piet and I celebrated our successful pregnancy, by taking a well deserved “Babymoon” vacation to Kos, Greece. Something like this may seem a bit excessive to some. For us it was a needed break after going through the IVF/ICSI process and holding our breaths for months hoping that things progressed safely into the second trimester. We have of course taken a handful of short holidays in our first year here in the Netherlands. It was a goal of ours to travel as much as we could afford early on, as we hoped to start a family not too long after. This little trip to Greece would be our last relaxing, kid free, holiday for some time.
Check out my happy guy upon arrival at our hotel, Casa Cook Kos. He was happy just to be on holiday together, and I was happy to be surrounded by cacti. I love me some tropical heat!! The hotel was fabulous by the way. It had only been open for a few weeks, and they were definitely working out some kinks in their service. Luckily we are not overly picky about these things and had a fabulous time regardless.
We settled into our pattern for the week. Every morning started earlier than most guests so as to enjoy a dip in the pool just the two of us. Piet swimming laps, and I walking back and forth in the shallow end savoring the relief the water gave me from the weight of my growing belly. If I only knew how much heavier it would get a few months later!
After, we got changed and headed to breakfast. It was a pretty glorious buffet spread. We both tried bites of various pastries each morning, but in the end our staple was fresh Greek yogurt with honey and fruit. Some days I indulged in a croissant and cheese. With primarily european guests (many of which were German for some reason) they offered a range of foods including breads, cheeses, and deli meats. But really, the fresh Greek fare could not be beat.
After a leisurely shower we headed most days to explore the few small towns in the island. To be honest there really isn’t a ton to do on Kos. So if you plan to visit, go for the R&R above all else, and rent a car to see the villages. We explored abandon buildings, gave our money to tourist shops, and toured the only functional flour mill in Greece. And then there was the lunches. I could really eat a simple and fresh Greek salad everyday for my life and never grow tired of it.
Our outings were followed by a little nap (mostly for me) and hours reading by the pool before a late dinner. Then there was the sunsets…talk about romantic! No filter needed on these images.
The hotel itself was also just lovely. I took so many pictures of the interior and exterior I could write a whole new blog post about it.
The only downside of the trip was that poor Piet left his hat somewhere on the final day – either the taxi or the airport. He bought that hat back when we took our similarly relaxing holiday in Mexico. We will just have to find a new one for him next time we travel somewhere warm.