Delays, Mosquitos and Making Friends in Paradise
We booked our Atlantica HV Rhodes holiday over a year ago as we wanted to make sure we could bag one of the very few rooms that can accommodate a family of five.
The 31 July couldn’t come fast enough.
Our plane was originally meant to leave Luton airport at 8.15am. (A surprisingly sensible time for a First Choice/TUI flight!)
Check in and getting through the airport at Luton was a breeze – even with it being the school holiday and the copious number of people.
Unfortunately we were held on the tarmac for 40 minutes as Traffic control in Rhodes said they had “no space” for our aircraft. Our pilot chuckled and said, “That’s Greece for you, get used to it”.
Once in the air all was good. The kids behaved so well, (honestly, they were fantastic), we had lovely snacks and drinks and all in all it was a pretty non eventful flight.
When we arrived in Rhodes we were, once again, held on the tarmac. Since the Rhodes Traffic control had asked us to wait back in London, we had now missed “our slot” to land. (Which made zero sense as they were the once who asked us to wait in the first place!!)
Anyway. 45 minutes later and we were allowed to disembark.
My goodness. Stepping off that plane and hitting that wall of heat. You know the one mean? It hits you like a sledgehammer.
Thumbs down. My beautiful, beloved Betsey Johnson flowery suitcase got totally destroyed.
Thumbs up: Even with a two hour delay, the taxi driver was waiting for us at arrivals. He was a lovely chap who told us all about the local history and what not to miss as we left Rhodes Town for Kolymbia and the Atlantica Hotel. Originally from the mainland, he travels to Rhodes in the summer to work as a taxi driver. He said that this was pretty common as tourism still makes up most of the Greece economy. (“The most important economic industries are tourism and merchant shipping”*
Checking in at the hotel was super easy and within 10 minutes we were in our room.
And even though it’s a bit on the small side, it’s lovely and comfortable. The fact that it fits us all is an achievement in itself.
The main bedroom is split into two sections by a partition wall that works well. There’s a big bathroom with shower and bathtub and obviously the pièce de résistance – our own swim up pool entrance.
Every other holiday we’ve been to with the kids have meant one of us getting up at the crack of dawn to reserve sun beds and it’s just doesn’t feel like a proper holiday. Faffing with the alarm, getting all the towels out and then lying around until you can go for breakfast.
We have our very own piece of sunny heaven. We don’t have to set an alarm, there is no rush. Our sun beds are out there for us to use at any time. We can have a lie in every day.
I honestly can’t tell you enough how wonderful this is.
I’m kidding, we have THREE KIDS – what the heck is a LIE IN?!
The kids have done lots of fun activities. Maggie has had swimming lessons and took part in Stage Academy with a show at the end of the first week.
Jackson has been doing Football academy.
Both of them have joined in several kids activities.
Alfie’s been into the crèche, and although a bit hesitant at first – he now enjoys it.
Maggie and Jackson made friends with some lovely Irish/Scottish girls on the first day and luckily for Brooks and I, their parents are lovely and so we all hang out.
It’s so nice when they make friends and it’s all very relaxed and well, easier somehow.
One drawback has been the mosquitos. They have been relentless and Alfie and I have been bitten alive. I’ve never experienced anything like it.
Brooks and I went to George’s shop next door and bought everything. Like, any kind of mosquito fighting cream, spray plugin imaginable.
Alfie’s bites are so bad, the staff at the crèche suggested we call a doctor as they suspected it was chicken pox.
(It wasn’t. The doctor arrived. He confirmed they’re mosquito bites and prescribed a cream and antihistamine. £130 later. Ahem. But better safe than sorry right?)
The first week has flown by. This week we’re planning to head down to the beach and hopefully do some shopping too.