Sunset paddling, Lefkada GREEK ISLANDS Postcard from the GREEK ISLANDS The Parke family from Cheam School set sail for sunshine. Where did you go on your family adventure? Sailing through the Ionian Islands of Greece for two weeks with friends. We visited Ithaca, Kephalonia, Meganissi and Lefkada. Why did you choose the Greek Islands? We had already visited Corfu and used to sail before having children, so we knew it was an easy place to navigate with lots of lovely bays and harbour towns to stop off in. Plus, we like the food and July is not too hot! What were the trip highlights? Sailing in Ithaca Paddle-board racing We had fantastic weather and some windy days so we could properly sail. The best part for the children was meeting up with other friends on their boats and all eating together in the evenings. They also loved being pulled behind the small tender on their paddle boards, the family games of ‘It’s a Knockout’ and paddle board racing. As you can imagine it became rather competitive! There were beautiful places to stop at night - Fiscardo and Sivota being our favourites. Were there any low points? Mooring! It’s quite stressful to get the anchor down and the boat safely tied up without hitting anyone else. What was the one essential piece of kit that you wouldn’t travel without? Plenty of mosquito repellent and bite cream. Your advice to others thinking of doing the same? If you’re not a confident sailor, you can join a flotilla or hire a boat with a skipper. It takes away some of the stress of deciding where to go and where to stay. It’s such an excellent holiday for all the family. Where are you off to on your next big adventure? I am hoping Mexico! PHOTOGRAPHY: SHUTTERSTOCK 62 schoolnotices.co.uk ★ W I NTER 19
TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: THOMAS LEFEBVRE/UNSPLASH, DANIEL ROE/UNSPLASH Postcard from CANADA The Roberts family from Lord Wandsworth College meet the grizzlies! Where did you go on your family adventure? Three weeks in Canada focusing on British Columbia – choosing an itinerary was the hardest part but we had an action-packed trip visiting cities, mountains, glaciers, horse and grizzly bear ranches. Why did you choose Canada? I had visited Vancouver before as part of the GB Rifle Team. Vancouver is a cool, vibrant but relaxed waterside city - the sort of place you could imagine living. What were the trip highlights? Lots! Grouse Mountain, cycling round Stanley Park, taking a seaplane trip to Vancouver Island to watch the orcas and riding at a horse ranch. But the absolute highlight, was staying in a log cabin at the Grizzly Bear Ranch, a little oasis buried in the Kootenay Mountains where we were lucky enough to spot black bears and also came face-to- Visiting the Athabasca Glacier Riding at Sundance Ranch Rafting on the Kananaskis River CANADA face with a huge grizzly! We white water rafted, swam in the breath-takingly cold water, hiked in the Alpines where the snow still lingered in odd spots even in August and spent a day speed-boating around a huge lake. Oh and singing around the camp fire on our last night was a memory we all still enjoy. Where there any low points? The only low point of the whole trip was leaving! What was the one essential piece of kit that you wouldn’t travel without? Take your best camera, your comfiest walking boots and a big playlist for the car. Your advice to others thinking of doing the same? There is so much to do, so make the most of the outdoors in this stunning and friendly country. Where are you off to on your next big adventure? Botswana, but we would go back to Canada in a heartbeat.
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