Travel Log – September 2012

Day One:

Really early start today, Adam and Marie, who were travelling with us had arrived late last night and so it was a bleary eyed party that set off for Manchester airport. We checked in and found our way to a cafe where we enjoyed a great start to the day in the shape of a full English breakfast. Isaac took full advantage and managed to pinch bits of breakfast from everyone.

We wandered around the terminal but the flight was soon called and we boarded, this was crunch time and the part of the trip that could cause most problems as it was Isaacs first flight. Much to our delight as the plane took off he giggled briefly and then fell asleep.

As we touched down in Menorca we looked forward to seeing more of the Island and the beaches that we had seen from the air, the transfer from the airport took us across the heart of the island and gave us a good feel for the place.

Our hotel was lovely simple but spacious with a pool area that led straight onto the beach. We dropped our bags off and then grabbed a bite to eat then it was time to stroll. We explored the poolside and down to the beach where Isaac was mesmerised by the sea and the waves and was thrilled by the idea of a massive sand pt to dig in.

In the evening after dinner we hired a pram from the Hotel , Isaac nodded off as we strolled out of the hotel and on to the nearby Marina, we had a good look at the bars and restaurants and eventually found a bar to stop in and grab a drink and a chat.

Day Two:

There was no escape from Isaac as he woke up and found Mummy and Daddy in the same room. As we got ready for a hard days sitting by the pool, Isaac was busy on the balcony and in and out of the room, moving towels and chairs and generally making the place more to his liking.

After a buffet breakfast we moved onto the poolside. It soon became apparent that Isaac was not a serious sun worshipper and instead liked to walk up and down the poolside happily burbling to himself and smiling and waving to anyone who caught his eye.

We spent some time on the the play area where Isaac discovered that he could climb up on the adventure playground, cross the rope bridge and then slide down the bug slide at the end. He found this hilarious despite the slide regularly depositing him on his bottom on the grass. He also managed to persuade Adam to have a go and then looked on proudly and clapped as Adam hurtled down the slide. This promoted Adam to ‘best adult to go on the park with’.

While Isaac took his snooze we made the most of the peace and quiet reading and chatting and enjoying the Menorcan late summer sun, the bar was seconds away from the pool and Ice cold san miguel beer was the perfect accompaniment to a lazy afternoon.

Isaac decided that he wanted to go swimming, this wasn’t a problem but for the fact that that the pool was unheated, this didn’t deter Isaac but the adults were less excited by the cold water. Eventually we all ended up in the water and Isaac happily giggled and swam between us in his inflatable suit.

That evening, having relaxed and unwound we headed for dinner with Isaac already asleep in the buggy. Marie set off for the Buffet with a determined look in her eye, Adam gave us a knowing look and headed to the bar to get fresh drinks for us all. It has to be said that the food was great, there was lots of choice and it was all well cooked and delicious. Once we were all full – we lost count of the courses – we decided that we needed a stroll in the evening air to help dinner settle ad maybe a drink too. Once again a walk around the marina and a chat with a couple of drinks was the perfect end to the day.

Day Three:

We woke up to a slightly overcast day, undeterred we breakfasted and headed out onto the poolside. Isaac soon got the hang of the daily routine and went over to the stack of sun loungers, to the amusement of everyone on the poolside he tried to pull the entire stack of 10 over to where we had left the bags. He settled for helping to carry the four that we needed and spent a happy half hour putting the back up and down again.

He then engaged in the daily routine of sun cream. he would bring the cream over and then point to the part of him that he wanted covering next, His cheeky smile widened as he pointed to increasingly small parts of himself and then his clothes and mummy’s book . . .

Due to the cooler weather we changed our routine and rather than beers we moved onto Hot Chocolate ‘with a little something in them’ I particularly liked malibu in mine – it was like drinking a bounty. Adam and Marie went with Brandy and Michelle stuck to plain hot chocolate as some things shouldn’t be messed with.

Me and Adam took it in turns to go to the bar and kept the supply or beer and pop coming while Michelle tried to read her book (Isaac had other ideas) and Marie made the most of the sun.

After a buffet lunch and an Isaac snooze it was time for a swim and then down to the beach. Adam and Marie went for a swim while Isaac re-discovered the joys of building and then flattening sandcastles. Then he finally remembered that the sea was quite good fun. He took a firm hold of Mummy and Daddy and marched down to the water and straight in. He was a little put out when a small wave made him lose his balance but then learned that if he kept hold of a handy adult he could go into the water up to his chest.

It was a very tired Isaac who ate his tea and then fell asleep, once he did he was installed in his buggy and covered over (the only bit sticking out was his little feet) and we all went down for dinner. Dinner was again lovely and we thought that it would be only right to stroll it off and stop off for a drink. This time it was cocktails, despite his misgivings even Adam had a cocktail and the evening ended with laughter and little umbrellas.

Day Four:

Another early start due to Isaac ignoring the fact that we were on holiday and really should be having a lie in. Today we took a trip to a nearby town to check out the market. This would’ve been great but for the fact that we arrived on the wrong day. As it was a lovely sunny day we made the most of it and did the tourist thing in and out of shops and walking to and from viewpoints and beautiful buildings. Many of the street were narrow and cobbled and felt like we were in the set of a James Bond adventure.

After some shopping and lots of walking we found an ice cream parlour that made it’s own ice cream in many and various flavours. It would’ve been rude not to sample some and so we did – they were lovely.

In the afternoon we went down to the beach and sat playing in the sand, Adam and Marie went for a walk and me, Michelle and Isaac enjoyed playing in the sand and burying Isaac’s feet, he would wriggle free and then make us do it all again. Isaac really was happy in this massive sandpit, he was great at having his sun cream applied and having lots of drinks and wearing a hat but most of all he was best as simply making us smile.

You may have guessed the pattern of the evenings now, Isaac goes to sleep and then we head down for dinner and onward to the marina for a walk and into a bar for a drink.

There was one more part of the evening routine. We would take Isaac to the restaurant for his dinner and he would polish off an Isaac sized portion of whatever looked good on the buffet. Then we would head up to the room ad have some warm milk and then brush our teeth and get Isaac off to sleep. As there was only one room and Isaac could see us he would simply stand up in his cot and chatter, to get around this we would hide in the bathroom – I sat on the loo and Michelle sat on my knee and we would watch a movie on the ipod. The process didn’t take long and in the whole week we only managed to squeeze in a single movie. This evening we came out to find that while Isaac had gone to sleep he had also worked out how to remove the side of the cot little monkey!

Day Five:

Today was rainy and wet in earnest. The wind had whipped up and the beach was closed due to the large waves that were rolling in. This meant that the poolside was not as warm a place even out of the wind and the morning was spent inside, joining in the quiz (and realising that our handicap was that we were 15 years younger than everyone else!) and playing in the play area.

Whilst Isaac had a snooze, me and Adam entered the shooting competition and by good fortune both came in the top five. During the morning we had heard a regular whoomphing sound and after lunch the boys decided to go and investigate. We found that the source of the noise was a blow hole where the huge waves were forcing water into a narrow tunnel where it became a huge fountain. Isaac was very impressed and kept urging us closer we got some fantastic photos and videos of the water spouting out. We walked down to the marina and Isaac pointed out each and every fish that he spotted to me and Adam. We had hoped to be able to get a boat trip out of the marina however the trips were all called off due to the weather and rough seas. This didn’t bother Isaac who was perfectly happy with a steady supply of fish to spot and the occasional moped to do impressions of.

Back at the poolside hot chocolates and warm milk were had by all and we considered our options for the next day. As it was my birthday I got to choose what to do and suggested hiring one of the large pedal powered cars that the hotel had out front. Isaac had pointed these out every day as we walked past and had done his driving impressions.

Dinner was paella – lots of paella then a couple of beers and a chat in the bar across the road from the hotel. We found a corner of the bar that was out of the wind and settled down for a drink. As the conversation flowed we all became increasingly astonished at the number of people who would ask us if there was a child in the buggy (albeit he was covered over to keep it warm and dark) – why else would we have a buggy with us!?

Day Six:

My birthday to mark the occasion Isaac allowed us a lie in – oh no hang on he didn’t but it was nice to spend the early part of the morning cuddling and playing. After a hearty breakfast we went out onto the poolside, the weather was much nicer today and we were able to sit out and enjoy the sunshine again. We had wanted to go down to the beach but the rough seas had covered the beach in black seaweed to about a foot deep. There was already a team of workers clearing up the seaweed. 

We played in the pool and enjoyed a couple of beers poolside then took a stroll while Isaac slept. We bought a few souvenirs and made a note of what we wanted to pick up when we returned to shop in earnest.

As the after noon wore on we got dressed and picked up our chariot. Isaac got his very own seat at the front but after having wanted to ride in the thing for the whole week after five minutes he decided that he wanted to sit on my or Michelle’s lap – this was hilarious for him but made pedalling difficult for us.

We pedalled/drove up the coast to a light house that had been converted into a cafe. We sat on the very edge of the island eating ice creams and enjoying the break from pedalling. Driving the car was a hoot, the uphill sections were difficult and pulling out onto main roads was tricky however on the down hills we built up a head of steam and found that we could really travel – we even overtook the local land train before Michelle jettisoned a flip flop and we skidded to a halt while Adam rescued it.

Back at the hotel me and Adam did the mature thing and having let Michelle Marie and Isaac jump out we headed back up the road and then turned around and sprinted back into the car park and pulled off a passable handbrake turn to park.

Birthday treats don’t get much dafter!

In the evening we had another lovely dinner and then headed out to our favourite cocktail bar. Much of the conversation was about my pre-occupation with gin and the implications that this may have but as the evening rolled on and the cocktails flowed the presiding memory was one of laughter.

Day Seven:

We got up and had breakfast and then as the weather was nice we decided to spend some time by the pool and then go shopping later. 

We diverted via the play area where Isaac enjoyed the slides and the bridge and Adam held him up so he could traverse the monkey bars. After lunch we headed to the beach and were amazed that after the beach had been a foot deep in seaweed the day before – it was now smooth and clean and golden once again. we all had a bit of a swim and as the waves were still pretty big Me, Adam and Marie tried a bit of body surfing, then having been dumped on our heads we joined Michelle and Isaac on the beach for a spot of foot burying and sand castle bashing.

After the beach we headed back to the shops to get gifts and souvenirs, Isaac was again amused by the fish in the marina and after wandering around for a happy hour or so we headed back to the hotel.

We took Isaac for his last buffet of the holiday and then perched in the bathroom waiting for him to fall asleep. The four adults had a lovely meal and as it was the last night we made an extra effort with more courses than we could count. We decided that we would stick with tradition and spent the last night in our favourite cocktail bar, we chatted into the night about the holiday and the fun we had together.

Travel Home:

We were up early for breakfast and after filling up we hopped onto the bus back to the airport. We were expecting a tiny little airport and it was, it did however have the benefit (for us) of a small children’s play area. We had a bite to eat and the traditional browse around the duty free shops and then Isaac got down to the serious business of playing.

Our flight was called and we boarded with minimum fuss and found our seats armed with pots of raisins for snacks, we needn’t have worried though, as the plane took off Isaac looked out of the window and then promptly fell asleep on Michelle. He stayed asleep the whole flight.

Back at Manchester our bags came off the carousel quickly and we found the car easily and even avoided getting lost getting out of the airport this time.

This had been our second trip away with Adam and Marie, and it had been just as much fun as the first time. On that trip we had just found out that we were expecting Isaac, on this trip we had him with us to share the adventure. We really enjoyed Menorca, it was a beautiful place and despite a day of interesting weather it had given us a lovely holiday destination.