We were on this beautiful island called Kastellorizo for a family friends wedding vow renewal ceremony in honour of their 30th wedding anniversary. They have the most incredible wedding story that includes travelling alone across the world and inviting strangers to their wedding. I won’t retell it as it’s their personal story, and I’ll probably get it wrong anyway. I’m so appreciative of them for inviting us to participate in such a special occasion and for introducing us to an amazing place.
Kastellorizo is honestly one of the most incredible places I have ever been to. The island is so little and cute and just so quaint. The town surrounds the bay and is dotted with little restaurants, shops and cafes. We stayed in the building below that we booked through AirBnb. The room itself was average but it wasn’t that expensive and the air-conditioning was amazing. Something that became very important!
I honestly could never get over the beauty of the island, everyday I was amazed. The water was so incredibly clear and beautiful to swim in. There’s always small boats and yachts parked in the bay creating a really picturesque scene. There are so many cute, very sweet little cats on the island as well. They are so friendly and seem very well looked after by the locals. Of course the restaurant owners don’t like you feeding the cats under the table as it encourages them to beg for food but I couldn’t help myself. I love seeing the kitties all over the island and you get to know them too! Sometimes they seem to remember you and run straight up to you, which is obviously amazing.
As you can see Jamie and I kind of fell in love with this cat in particular. It was so cute! It was so friendly and would follow us down the path. We kept trying to get selfies with the cat and probably spent a good half an hour at least attempting it.
Another thing we couldn’t get enough of was the Espresso Freddos! I’ve spoken about it before but they were so good! I absolutely love coffee, I’m a bit of an addict (if you haven’t read this post yet, now’s a good time) but when it’s 30+ degrees and humid everyday, a long black is not exactly helping the situation. So Espresso Freddo’s are so perfect. Anyway, I’ll stop drooling over the keyboard and fantasising about being back in that chair and staring at that view.
I love this photo of some of the people we were with on the island. I don’t include a lot of other people in my posts as some people just aren’t comfortable with it. I really like the way that this photo seems to capture the feeling of the island. Everybody is out at night and the vibe is really relaxed. No body is in bed before midnight!
One of the mornings we got up at 6am, (yeah I know right, who does that?) to hike to the top on the mountain to get in some exercise. There’s millions of steps (maybe not but it felt like it), and it was already hotter than the sun (yes, another exaggeration) but I was really proud of myself for doing it and the view was so, so worth it. What wasn’t worth it though was the heat rash. I developed severe heat rash after this hike and it was so uncomfortable.
Unfortunately, we had an action packed outdoorsy day ahead of us. Also unfortunate, is that we didn’t realise it was heat rash. We went on a boat around the island to the blue lagoon. It was absolutely stunning, I couldn’t get over how blue it is! I know it’s in the name, but it’s amazing. The water is so clear as well.
After visiting the blue lagoon, we went over to St. Georges island which is a tiny, tiny little island that pretty much consists of a cafe, toilets and beach chairs. It was a beautiful spot, but unfortunately I was EXTREMELY grumpy and extremely uncomfortable because of the heat rash. My right hand was swollen and my fingers looked like sausages. My legs were red and angry and full of raised bumps. I however, was stuck on this little island, outside, in the sun and in the heat. So not helping my situation. Eventually I went home and I pretty much stayed inside the rest of the day, completely freaking out. The next morning I woke up with both hands swollen and terrified about my not being able to get my rings off because they were actually cutting off my circulation. Eventually, I was taken to the island doctor who injected me in the bum with cortisol and gave me some tablets to take. I was under strict instructions to stay out of the sun and out of salt water, not so much fun. This happened to be the day of the ceremony.
So I went to the ceremony, dressed in red, being red and swollen. I was highly self conscious but I loved my outfit and Jamie managed to get some photos of me looking half decent. The wedding ceremony was absolutely beautiful and the locals and other visitors to the island came out to support the happy couple, even playing the traditional wedding march on the walk to the chapel. We thoroughly enjoyed being there and seriously did feel so honoured to have been invited.
We felt really sad to leave the island as we didn’t feel like we really got to experience the island to the fullest. With me unable to swim, or be in the sun, and Jamie being an amazingly supportive husband, and staying with me, we spent most of the time inside. So on the last day we decided that we would go down to the hotel our family friends were staying in to sit in their clam shell seats and have a freddo! Enjoying the view and the lovely place we were in.
I absolutely loved the island and I know that Jamie and I will be back one day to actually enjoy the island! At least I know there’s a great medical team there! Of course I’m pretty much allergic to the sun! And exercise! I actually do enjoy being in the sun and exercising and exercising in the sun, but I guess I just have to take it a little bit easier next time. It probably didn’t help that it had been two solid weeks of sun, swimming, bad food and alcohol too.
Have you ever had heat rash? What’s your worst holiday illness story?
Thanks for reading,