Anxious to Adventure

The thoughts, travels and tribulations of a recent graduate about to embark on the big bad world.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Fiscardo, Kefalonia

Fiscardo was what we had been waiting for. Argostoli was fun but somehow arriving in Fiscardo felt like we have finally arrived in Greece. It is picture perfect. Water front restaurants, crystal blue sea and blossom everywhere. (As a side note, just prepare yourself for just a fraction of the hundred of photographs I took of the bougainvillea.)

Fiscardo is extra special as it was virtually untouched by earthquake that hit Kefalonia is 1953, meaning that a lot of the buildings in the village remain some of the most historic on the island.

Where did we stay?
We stayed at Villa Romantza, which I would absolutely recommend. The rooms are simple but Vaso, the landlady, is lovely. She offered to do our washing (free of charge) and couldn't be more welcoming. Villa Romantza is a 2 minute walk from the centre of Fiscardo. 

How long for?
3 nights but we absolutely could have stayed longer.

What did we do?
We ate - a lot. I couldn't even list all of the restaurants that we visited but some that stood out:
Nicolas Taverna - the lamb is incredible.
Tassia - such a lovely setting.
Panormos - great views to enjoy with a cocktail

Fiscardo is one of the most popular stops for people who are sailing around the island. Ferries come in and out of the harbour daily and it can get quite busy without the feeling of being overcrowded. Still, the harbour is so pretty you can still find a quiet spot to watch the world go by.

One day, we travelled by ferry to a nearby island Lefkada, passing the island of Meganisi.

Another day, possibly one of the best of the holiday, was spent on a boat, zipping between Kefalonia and Ithaca. We rented a boat from Regina, and I would recommend it. She was very helpful and provided everything we needed for a fabulous day at sea.

I don't know what was better, spending so much time by the water or sitting in the gorgeous harbour watching the world go by. Either way, we were sad when our time in Fiscardo was over. We spent our last day on one of the nearby (and very rocky) beaches, trying to soak up the last bit of Fiscardo that we could.

Fiscrdo...we'll see you again!

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

10 Things Not To Miss in Bermuda

If you've read my blog post about Bermuda, you'll know how much I love the island (which is of course completely unbiased and nothing to do with the fact that I was born there!!) With that in mind, I thought that I would share a list of ten fantastic things to do whilst you're staying on the island. 

1. Horseshoe Bay

First of all, I'm sure that no photo could do this beach justice. Everything about it is beautiful. Turns out I'm not the only one that thinks this because it was voted one of the best beaches in the world! Horseshoe Beach is a must see. There is a smaller beach 'Horseshoe Baby Beach' which is perfect for young children as it's a little more sheltered and the water is a lot shallower. 

2. Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse
If you fancy taking a walk (only 185 steps!) up to the top of the Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse, then you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the island. Surely, it's worth it, don't you think?

3. Elbow Beach

Elbow Beach is beautiful - especially at sunset. We caught the sunset whilst enjoying an evening at Sea Breeze on the Elbow Beach Resort. It was a great evening with music, great food and a really fun vibe.

4. The Aquarium

The Aquarium (technically, the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo) might not be everybody's first port of call but we used to visit here as children so it's always a fun trip down memory lane. It is a great way to spend a few hours, for adults and children alike.

5. Dockyard

The Royal Naval Dockyard, or simply 'Dockyard', used to be the base of the Royal Navy (as the name might suggest!) Lots of the cruise ships that come into Bermuda dock here so there is plenty to see nearby. Dockyard has craft markets and shops as well as an opportunity to learn more about the island at the National Museum of Bermuda. If you want to stop for a bite to eat, I suggest the Frog & Onion Pub.

6. St. George's

The Town of St. George's is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the colourful streets of St. George's, including Saint Peter's Church (above) and if you're lucky you'll get to witness the dunking of a nagging woman (don't worry, it's only a historical reenactment!) 

7. Harbour Nights

Depending on what time of year you visit the island, you might be lucky enough to catch Harbour Nights. It takes place on Wednesday nights from May - September and Front Street in Hamilton is shut off from vehicles. I've always remembered it is as a really fun experience, mainly because you can take horse and carriage rides!

8. Snorkel at Tobacco Bay
Tobacco Bay not only has the clearest water, but it is super shallow making it the perfect spot for snorkelling. Something I didn't get to do last year was visit the Tobacco Bay's Bonfire and Bohemia - top of the list for our next visit!!

9. Boat Trip

If you think that the island itself is beautiful, it's even better from the water. Nothing beats whizzing through the crystal waters, in between the islands and stopping to swim. I'm pretty sure my Mum made up her mind to move to Bermuda after her first day visiting the island was spent on a boat. Rent a boat, take a ferry, just find a way to see the island from the water - you won't regret it!

10. Explore the island

There are so many beautiful things about Bermuda that I wouldn't be able to sum them up in 10 points. Rent a moped - or a Twizy - or just catch the bus and explore the island because I bet you'll be able to find something that takes you breath away.


Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Lunch in Luxouri

One afternoon, whilst we were staying in Argostoli, we caught the ferry to another part of the island, Luxouri.

It only took 20 minutes and we found ourselves in the small port with Argostoli just in the background.

We walked around the little harbour before finding the cutest taverna for lunch, complete with saganaki (uh-mazing cheese!), waterfront views and blue checked table cloths.

After a long (literally hours) lunch, we mozied on back to catch the ferry over to Argostoli.


Tuesday, 28 August 2018


Argostoli was our first stop in Kefalonia.

Where did we stay?
We stayed in Makis and Tina's Air BnB. The location was perfect and we loved out tiny little balcony, catching a glimpse of the hills. It was the perfect little place for us to stay - and if you don't mind climbing up a few hills and some steep stairs - then I'd recommend it for you too!
For €20, Tina collected us from the airport and gave us a brief tour of the town. Makis, her brother, was great at communicating with us.

How long did you stay?
4 nights

What did we do?
It wasn't the most active few days in Argostoli - instead we fully embraced Greek like - I'm talking long lunches in tavernas, trying ALL the hiding from one very, very forward waiter!

We spent two days on the beach. It was only about a 20 minute walk from our apartment to Lassi (where the beaches are). We chose Gradakia Beach for no particular reason other than it was the first one that we found. It cost €7 for two loungers and an umbrella (which was so worth it - heat stroke and sun burn is not fun!!)

There is also a beach bar as well as a nearby market so you're sorted if you want to be there for the day.

I'm such a wimp when it comes to being cold but the sea was just so beautiful that I had to go for a swim or two!

We walked around Argostoli, seeing as much of it as possible. In the evenings, like many European destinations, the shops are open well into the night so you can spend time mooching around on the way to supper.

On our last night in Argostoli we embarked on the, somewhat ambitious, walk to the Katavothres where we were promised a killer sunset. It didn't disappoint. 

So much so that we had to have a mini photoshoot...

and then some more photos...

Next stop: Fiscardo.

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