Babymoon in Greece-Part III-Naxos

We got up early enough to watch the sunrise on Santorini before taking a cab to the port to head to Naxos. It was a beautiful sunrise and a short cab ride before we arrived back at the hectic port. Thankfully, we quickly boarded our Ferry which was another Hellenic Seaways called Nissos Samos. The ferry ride was 2.5 hours and it was super smooth. We were so shocked at how empty the ferries were throughout our travels. Literally HUNDREDS of empty seats. The ferry was very clean and beautiful with multi-levels. The only disadvantage of the high speed ferries is that you can only go while leaving and pulling back into port, as it is dangerous to be outside while traveling at full speed. All of the ferries had excellent Wi-fi and served food and drinks (some things were included in the VIP section but others were not.)

We decided to stay at an Airbnb in Naxos and chose a small Sea view apartment and couldn’t have been happier. It was very homey feeling but was very updated and was located literally STEPS from the the St. George Beach! It was such a beautiful spot; walking distance to the main town area and so many wonderful restaurants! A special thanks to our hosts Tony and Angelika for a great experience with Airbnb.

Naxos is quiet and very authentic feeling. While it doesn’t have the same highly photographed areas that you get in Mykonos and Santorini, you also don’t get the crowds or the higher prices. Naxos in general, was very affordable and significantly cheaper than the other two islands we visited. We enjoyed Nutella crepes every night after our supper for less than 2 euros as well as yummy cappuccinos. There were so many wonderful restaurants to choose from with our favourite being Su e Giu where the Italian food was delicious but the service was hit-and-miss. We also ate at Barozzi, Nissaki, and Mythodea. Barozzi had just opened a few nights before and it was a 3 minute walk from our AirBnb so we decided to try it out. The decor was very modern and the restaurant had two open air walls. The prices here were higher but it was so incredibly beautiful as well as delicious! The service was also impeccable. The next night we went to Nissaki which is a beautiful beachside restaurant. We watched the sunset from our table and enjoyed very tasty pastas. Our Last evening we went to Mythodea which has since permanently closed where the sunset was to die for however, the food was not fantastic.

Something that was unique to Naxos compared to the other islands is that the area where we stayed in Saint George was right at the Marina/Port area. We weren’t doing lots of stairs and instead were walking right beside the water and boats rather than looking down 600 stairs or so to see them.

We “made” breakfast in our room each day that we bought from the market just down the road. Greek coffee, Greek yogurt, honey, and fresh fruit. It wasn’t a lot but it was perfect and helped save a bit of money! We also bought water and snacks to bring to the beach. It was on the beach in Naxos at about 19 weeks pregnant that I felt Sullivan kick for the first time, it was so special!

Naxos is home to some beautiful ruins, we visited the Apollo Temple which is pictured below and is walking distance from Naxos town. It was so beautiful and not nearly as busy as the ruins we visited in Athens.

If you’re looking for excellent or high end shopping Naxos is not the place to go and unlike the other Greek islands we found most places closed for siesta. Naxos provided a very authentic Greek experience, while laying on the beach each morning we watched as an elderly Greek man who carried a small stool would go way out and sit on his stool in waist deep water and stare out towards the horizon while a group of Greek women would swim, dance and sing Greek music together, it truly felt like a European experience. There were also much less tourists here in fact I would say we saw few tourists. You would want to pick your time of year carefully while visiting Naxos though because we learned that most stores and restaurants close at the beginning of October because of the lack of tourism during October to May.

We loved our time in beautiful Naxos and feel like we barely scraped the surface, next time we will hopefully delve deeper into the history and explore more of this large island in Greece!

Packing Tips for a Family Beach Vacation (With a toddler)

The task of packing for our trip to Punta Cana with a 1 year old was seemingly more overwhelming than packing had been in the past sans kids. Not only was it hard to picture everything that we could possibly need but also the added problem of how-in-the-world would we fit it into two suitcases.

We upgraded our flight package to allow for more checked baggage weight which was helpful and as it turned out, completely necessary. I started packing about two+ weeks in advance as I pulled all of our Spring/Summer clothes out of storage and washed it all. Sullivan only had a few pieces from last summer that he still fit which meant only one thing… shopping! 😀

We ordered him a heap of summer clothes from H&M, Carters, Hudsons’ Bay and Baby Gap as well as both Grandma’s found several items for him. We traveled with water shoes which turned out to be amazing for Sullivan in helping him keep sure-footed en-route to the pool/beach as well as on pool tile and in the sand.

Sullivan’s Navigator Babiators are from West Coast Kids and his swim set is from H&M Kids (sold out now)

We purchased our matching family swimsuits from Patpat. I was totally unsure of the quality based on the price when I ordered but was pleasantly surprised! Other than a strong smell when they arrived (which washed out perfectly), I couldn’t have been happier with how they turned out! Also, you can’t beat the price. I ordered mine in my regular size (Small) Travis’ in his regular size (Large) and for Sullivan, the smallest size they carried was a 2 Years so I ordered that for him and it fit great.

We packed a small first aid bag with a baby thermometer, Baby Tempera, band aids, and other assorted medicines that we thought we might need. We were thankful we did when Sullivan had a low grade fever the first morning after arriving.

We brought a full sleeve of diapers as well as about 20 swim diapers. We came home with several of each left but didn’t feel we overpacked.

Food was tough, not knowing how Sullivan would react to their food (and especially their milk) so we brought heaps. We packed 8 yogurt drinks, several small greek yogurt, 15 pouches, puffs, cheerios, crackers, animal crackers, Gerber baby cookies and Baby Mum mums. He ate pretty much everything we brought. We also packed four bottles for the plane rides. FOUR. 2 of milk and two of juice and water to help those little ears pop. We also brought Earplanes to help with this as well and although I have nothing else to compare it to, while all other babies on the plane were crying, Sully was all smiles. *We bought a pack of three which I would highly recommend as they are *very* easy to lose.

I love my Mossio packing cubes, I find that you can fit SO much more in your suitcase and it helps me stay organized while traveling. Normally, I use the merlot coloured cubes for me, navy for Travis and grey for Sullivan however this trip I used most of them in a different way. Once all of our clothes were washed and folded I laid them all out on the bed and started choosing coordinating outfits; one for Travis, one for Sullivan and one for myself (including accessories) and would put it all into one cube. I did this for most days as well as separate one cubes that included our dinner outfits. I love wearing coordinating outfits as a family so found this to be the most efficient way rather than sorting through our clothes each day and night tying to pick outfits. This way, I simply chose a cube based on whether we were doing a dress-up or dress-down day/dinner and everything was already chosen for me. Ahhhh, simplicity. (aka extreme organization) The ones we use are linked below.

Winter Family Photos

I love me some good Winter family photos however, with a baby this can be an interesting experience.  We got a beautiful snowfall in the end of November followed by a perfect plus 5 day which led to getting some good shots on our new property.

Sullivan’s whole outfit is from Baby Gap.

Travis sweater is RW&Co and jeans are Boss.

My top is from Grace & Lace and boots are Guess.

I die. His trapper hat and big blue eyes get me every time.

*Photos must not be used without permission.