Travel • May 20, 2015

Our James Villa Holiday to Lanzarote- Part Two

I am now writing this post almost a week and a half after we returned from our holiday to Lanzarote and almost a week after I wrote our first post. Our tans have definitely started to fade already, but our memories haven’t and I have loved going back over these photos and having another look. I wish we still back in our little villa, enjoying the sunshine with my little family.

Here is Part Two of our holiday to Lanzarote in photos and another little video… (I just love making these videos so much!)

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Sister cuddles. On the third night of our holiday we went to a beautiful marina called Puerto Calero- if you are visiting Lanzarote I highly recommend a visit as it was so lovely to walk around and look at the boats.

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Everywhere we went the girls got given these sticky, horrible lollies, usually AFTER they had already consumed an ice cream for pudding as well. We couldn’t say no as they would look forward to them every meal but they definitely weren’t as exciting for myself and Mr E who were worried about their teeth!

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Look at my happy girly, she was all smiles all holiday.

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Little freckle nose playing the ‘minion game’ on Daddy’s phone- she was obsessed with playing it with him all holiday.

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Puerto Calero harbour.

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I love this photo of my girls- after all what is there not to love about golden light sunshine and sisters holding hands?

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I’m a lucky lady to have these three to call my family.

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Oh golden light sunshine you will always be my favourite. My Grandpa was looking at my blog the other day and he said ‘why do you always take these hazy photos?’ I think it might only be me whose a fan of these beauties! 😉

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Love, love, love, love this photo of myself and this beauty. Mr E is getting better at the photo taking, as long as I set up the settings beforehand for him!

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I think I might like this one even more. Does anyone else talk about owning a yacht when they walk round a marina or is it just us?! Puerto Calero was beautiful and definitely worth having a walk around, it was only about fifteen minutes drive from where we were staying.

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Villa Ventura had a private pool and it was amazing to see how happy the girls were swimming around each day- Mads is a complete and utter water baby.

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Two little crocs in the water- they look so similar in this photo I think.

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I love the little bit of tummy poking out on this photo- this girl has got class! They lived in their Konfidence jackets as they do every holiday, they give us such peace of mind when being near water.

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Both of the girls have got so much more confident going in the pool over the course of this holiday, I guess that’s one of the benefits of having a private pool in your villa.

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Cool dudes. Evening light. Yippee.

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It was lovely to go for a walk in the evening, it stayed so hot even up until when the sun went down 8ish- the main promenade was wide enough that meant they could walk along without me worrying they were going to run into the road.

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I am so proud of these two- love their Little Bird outfits too, Mads loves that blue playsuit, she is on an anti pink stage and so loves anything blue.

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I am not quite sure why she was jumping in this photo!

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I’m a big succulent fan (is there such a thing as a succulent fan?!) so I loved all these cacti on someone’s front steps.

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The girls loved the fact that the tide came in overnight and made big water pools, it meant they could splash and play to their hearts content. I love the beach but who else finds with children that the sand just gets absolutely everywhere?

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Happy Splashing.

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Serious sandcastle building.

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Sitting on Daddy’s lap to eat her ice cream. You never know what to expect from restaurants on holiday but we can definitely recommend the areas of the Puerto del Carmen old town harbour and Puerto Calero, where we found a fabulous selection of tapas, fish and meat dishes. Plus they all had plain pasta and pizza for the girls which means it’s always a winner in my eyes. 😉

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Our last evening out and the last lolly of the holiday!

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I love their happy smiles in this one.

Here is the second little film I made of our time in Lanzarote…

Overall it was a fantastic holiday, full of memories, happy times and laughter. Indeed if I had to sum it up in one word I would say smiles, of course you don’t go on holiday to have a bad time, but I don’t know what it was but it was just relaxed and laid back from start to finish. Sometimes going on holiday can mean the occasional grumpy day as routines change and the inevitable later bedtimes make for over tired children, but the girls were so well behaved from start to finish. We got into a routine of them both having a long afternoon siesta which meant that we could keep them up until around 8.30/9pm, therefore we actually managed to get out and have dinners out rather than just staying in our villa.

We went on lots of villa holidays before the girls were born, but this is the first time we have done one with them. It’s hard to say which is my favourite- I love the luxury of a hotel stay, the fact that your room gets cleaned and you have your pick of nice food, but there is definitely something more relaxed about being in a villa. We could come and go as we pleased, weren’t held to timings and the best bit for us was having the private pool area, which meant the girls could sit inside for a bit of shade and have a little watch of the television, but we didn’t have to go in with them as we could sit less than a metre away in the sunshine.

As for Lanzarote, having been a few times in my childhood and teens, plus once in my early 20’s, I admit to having a few tiny worries before I went away, mainly around it being quite commercialised and British- but in actual fact we couldn’t have asked for a better location. The villa was in a quiet area but with the action not too far away. We were a stones throw away from the beach and there were really fantastic playgrounds dotted all around us, which were great fun for the girls. The whole resort was spotless, the people were friendly and we wouldn’t hesitate in going back there again- there really was so much for us to do.

Looking back on these photos makes me get a little teary. I am just so, so incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to experience things like this with my little family, but more than that I am just so grateful to have these three in my life. I must have said to my husband ‘we are so lucky’ at least three times a day. Because we are. We have those two beautiful little girls, whose faces were full of smiles all week just at being able to have their Mummy and Daddy all to themselves. Day to day life is hectic, busy and at times I am the first to admit I am not always completely present- we work hard, the girls go to nursery, or there’s cleaning to be done, jobs to be doing or meals to be made. I relished the opportunity to switch off and spend a week with my girls, away from the stresses and mundanity of day to day life, and I know they did as well.

Thanks for the memories Lanzarote!

NB: Thanks to James Villa Holidays for inviting us to try one of their villas in Lanzarote. All words and opinions are my own.

 

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