16/05/2012

Dreaming of Puglia...

In my year, the summer holiday is the most important vacation, usually the longest, a time for me to recharge the batteries before the big London winter and the last few months of the year which are often the toughest, work-wise... Before baby, Hubby Dearest and I would spend weeks building a bespoke itinerary combining cultural discoveries, wildlife and of course, relaxation on some fabulous beach somewhere; our holidays were a mosaic of cities such as Bangkok, remote visits in the Galapagos, and some serious pampering in Zanzibar.

Now that we have Monsieur Baby, we have had to adapt a bit, but we're still not giving up on our love of travels. See, some young parents think nothing of leaving their little tots behind to continue on some wonderful adventures, however in my case I see so little of my adored munchkin I cannot imagine going on holidays without him. I'm not judging, we all have our limits, and for me, a week-end is ok, a fortnight is not. However, with a baby in tow building an itinerary full of short flights and hip boutique hotels isn't really smart, in fact it sounds like a recipe for a very stressful time.

So, for our Summer 2012 holidays, the question was: where do you go to have a fabulous time, mixing luxurious relaxation with fun cultural discoveries and a bit of sun bathing on some cool beaches? Europe has, of course, lots to offer... We knew we wanted culture, beach, and a villa with a pool to use as a base. That was a start...

But we discarded Spain (a bit overcrowded for my liking), Portugal (water is too cold) and France (over-priced underwhelming service), Croatia (not enough options yet). After looking seriously into Greece, a country I love but where the uncertainties mean we can't be sure any of our bookings would be honored (not to mention the rates have stayed disconcertingly high despite the crisis!), we decided to go for Italy. Puglia to be precise...


Puglia, the heel of the Italian boot, is famed to offer loads in terms of diversity, from beaches which would not look out of place in the Maldives, to amazing cuisine (I hear it's the best in Italy!), to incredible history and culture (there are at least three Unesco sponsored sites on my list to visit this summer...) I think we'll have an amazing time. 

We are renting a newly converted traditional house, with enough room for the three of us and my parents and also for my little sister to come and visit with her boyfriend if her new job permits! It looks gorgeous on paper so I'm counting the days!!! And the lovely owners are going to add a high chair and a few other essential bits and bobs for Monsieur Baby to feel at home, perfection... it was well worth the agonising weeks of searching for the perfect holiday destination!

How about you, have you planned your holidays yet?

5 comments:

Mona P said...

Sounds like a fantastic place! I am sure you'll have a wonderful time there!

My husband and me haven't been on a single vacation without our daughter yet... and she is 8 already!

Wherever we go, she goes too, that is our story :) Which sounds crazy, I know :)

LittleS said...

@Mona, you are a lady after my own heart. With Monsieur Baby we've done exactly that: he's been everywhere with us, except for Courchevel. We went there for a week-end in January and I though the poor little mite would be too cold up there so he stayed with his grandparents and nanny who spoiled him rotten!

What's your plan for this summer? xx

Lonely Greenshoe said...

Brava S. Puglia is amazing (eat a lot of burrata!). Where will you go exactly? Salento?
Baci

LittleS said...

Ciao C! The house we're renting is close to Ostuni, but we'll have two cars so easy to move around! xxx

Mona P said...

Sorry for the late reply, things have been very hectic in our household for the last couple of days. Back to normal now!

We don't have definite plans for summer yet, but we are thinking of maybe revisiting the Nice, St. Tropez and Monaco route at the end of the summer :)