Lanzarote Travel Diary
To celebrate our seven year wedding anniversary and Florence's two year birthday not long after, we booked an end of April holiday package and spent seven blissful days on an island off the coast of Africa. We're frequent flyers when it comes the Canary Islands, but this was our first trip to Lanzarote. We settled into our little corner of the island and took fulllll advantage of the all-inclusive lifestyle that made vacation with our toddler actually quite relaxing! *wink
We stayed at HD Beach Resort who had multiple play areas for kids, one kids pool with slides and fountains, and multiple regular pools and wading areas. This plus the ample amount of space for our little one to practice her running in made for quite the low stress holiday.
As the coastline of the island zigs and zags, there are separate sections of beach that are open for anyone to find one that suits your fancy. Rocky beaches or sandy beaches, lots of open space or next to a wall so it blocks the wind, some you can rent loungers and umbrellas. Right next door to our resort was a more residential resort that had their own secluded beach. Anyone was welcome to enter and, the best part, was since it was secluded, there were no waves. We could sit and splash in the water with Florence, who only wanted to go in ankle-deep, for hours without worry the ocean would overtake her.
We like to take a mid-winter break from the cold and gray in London, so our trips to the Canaris have always been in December or January. It's the Southernmost point in Europe, so it's the warmest you'll get on the continent this time of year. The weather is pretty temperamental. If the sun is out and the wind is light, then it's great for beach days. But being in the middle of the ocean, the wind brings the clouds in and out constantly. We just go with the flow and enjoy being in the sun, even if we have to wear light layers.
On days we aren't in the water, we take in the local culture. In Costa Teguise, our corner of the island, there was a gorgeous neighborhood a couple blocks over from us. We'd meander through the white-washed houses and vibrant florals, playing hide and seek through the neighborhood. There were patios along the beach and playgrounds with swings that made you feel like you could jump from the swing to the ocean!
Florence was in full vacation mode. She was her wildest, most carefree self from breakfast to the second we laid her down, she was OUT. We loved not having to bring a bag with us everywhere we went. If we needed anything, we could always run back up.
We ate many a meal in the dining hall, if for no other reason than the free ice cream. Boy, did she feel like a big kid getting to serve her own plates and push the button to choose her own juice (always apple). Every time we walked into the dining area, she'd wave at all the staff lined up to greet us saying "hola!"
I want this to be the image I think of from her childhood. Wind in her hair, exploring, excited to discover more, with us loosely holding her hand for support, and a little bit out of my comfort zone (Insert that quote about 'what if she falls, oh darling, but what if she flies!' You know the one).
We'd finish each night at the Mini Disco. Which, at first, we were those granola parents putting our kid down at her 7.30 bedtime, wanting to judge the fact that a children's program started at 8p. But thankfully, we succumbed to that beach life and, by night two, we had our front row seat to unwind from a full day of relaxing with a cocktail in hand while we watched the littlest dancer get in there and have the time of her life with the big kids.
Little did we know that the theme song would be the most played song in our household...three months later. If you want a preview, search "chichua chichua" and imagine that being the song you always have stuck in your head. Most days we agree it was one hundred percent worth it to watch her live her best life while we wound down with a toddy. Best of both worlds when you're a parent.
Here is our little dance machine, front and center keeping up with the big kids. All throughout the week, people spoke to us like she was a celebrity, "You're with the little one at the disco!"
Travel has always brought out the best side in us individually. Taking the space out from our daily routine to check our boundaries and reflect. It's always the most notable from the littlest Montgomery who we love watching take it all in. But it also gives us perspective on how people do their own daily routines in other parts of the world and that's just food for the soul.