I love little reminders of my travels in everyday life – a mug with photos from my trips, a souvenir I’ve picked up, anything with a map print on. I coveted my mother-in-law’s fabulous reproduction of a medieval map for years!
And Minnie is already having plenty of travel-themed odds and ends in her little life too, from sticker and pop-up books to my plans for a mini globe.
So if I had a free rein, I would quite literally plaster the house in maps, like these fantastic wallpaper murals. Or the odd wall at least. I hadn’t come across the company until they asked if I’d like to run a giveaway, but I’ve already mentally redecorated several rooms in my head with their gorgeous designs. Continue reading →
Thank God for a welcome pack of essentials waiting for us in the villa. Especially the red wine.
Having made our way through the flight with a non-napping toddler, sorted hire cars, wrangled unfamiliar car seats, navigated along a couple of dark twisty roads and found the villa, it was far too late to worry about dinner.
But a ham sandwich and a glass of wine can go a long way… especially when even your first views of Gran Canaria are this lovely.
And especially when you wake up to an equally lovely view…
Day 1 has been a fairly low-key day, restocking the fridge, unpacking and trying to restore a bit of routine for the overtired overexcited two and four-year-olds. The 10-month-old took it in her stride!
Phew. The last few days before a trip always seem to be a whirl of last-minute organisation and mild chaos. Needless to say, I haven’t packed yet and have a zillion confirmations to print out but in 48 hours, I’ll be touching down in Gran Canaria.