It took us a long time to decide on where to go for our summer holiday this year. Our first holiday abroad as a family of 4 and we fancied somewhere different, but also not too far as a long-haul flight with an 8 month old might not be the all that much fun! We were travelling with our friends and their little boy who’s the same age as Hugo. We knew we wanted to do a villa holiday as it’s so handy with the littles, and Italy seemed like a great choice. None of us had ever been, but always wanted to go. (Infact, in our life before children, the husband and I decided to learn Italian and hired a private tutor…lets just say it didn’t go too well and we ended up never going to Italy!) In the end we decided on southern Sardinia. We’d heard great things and it also has some of the best beaches in Europe, so Finley would get his beach for his favourite pastime…digging!
The flight was pretty short, just 2hrs 20mins so wasn’t too daunting for us all. Finley was brilliant on the flight, and for a first timer, Hugo wasn’t too bad either! Once we’d landed we had such a long wait for the hire car, but luckily we found a gelato stand to keep the boys entertained!
We finally got the car, and headed to our villa. Unfortunaetly a couple of hours was spent with the children (and the grown-ups if I’m honest) being super tired and grumpy. The villa was in the middle of nowhere, and stupidly we’d decided to head straight there without stopping for some essentials en route. This meant once we arrived we had no drinking water – as the local water came from a well, and nothing to eat. Add this to the weather being 36°c and the babies having skipped dinner, it was not a pretty sight that’s for sure! Eventually all was ok as the boys were sent out for copious amounts of water, pizza and wine!
The Villa was just outside a small town called Villa San Pietro, which was just outside the larger town of beautiful Pula. The villa was lovely, with our own pool and large garden. Both of the boys loved swimming everyday, with the freedom of having a place just for us. The owners even had a huge box of Lego so Finley was overjoyed!
We spent most of our days swimming, relaxing, eating, playing lego and generally just having a really nice time.
We visited a couple of really nice beaches, Nora and Chia. Chia was absolutely beautiful, with white sand and turquoise sea. We would have loved to have spent a lot more time by the sea, but it was just so hot, so we found ourselves either heading there early in the morning, or after the strong afternoon sun.
We all had lots of very late nights, eating out, copious amounts of Gelato and watching the fantastic street entertainers.
It was an amazing week with our friends and we made some truly wonderful family memories.