On Friday after a bit of a late start due to quite a boozy first night we made our way to the nearby Camel Valley Vineyard to do a tour of the estate and most excitingly do some wine tasting. We sat on a beautiful terrace overlooking the vineyard. We started with a selection of five sparkling wines and before moving onto five of their white wines. Each selection came with details of the particular wines and tasting notes. It was really interesting seeing and tasting the differences between them all. Collectively as a group our favourites were almost all the same. Our favourites were the Sparking Brut Rose and our favourite white wine was the Atlantic Dry.
Just as I was getting back from my Sicily holiday I got a text from my friend Craig inviting me down to his boyfriend Rob’s house in Cornwall for a long weekend. I didn’t really need or frankly deserve another holiday, but a lovely group of my friends were going and I couldn’t resist. Due to the fact that it was quite late notice the trains down to Cornwall were ridiculously expensive, so we ended up flying from Heathrow down to Newquay with British Airways. It was half the price of the train, much quicker, even with the the dreaded airport security and I even managed to use some of my many Avios to pay for some of the cost. We flew down Thursday evening and Craig picked us from Newquay airport and then drove us all back to the house. Rob’s house is a gorgeous country house that he bought a few years ago and has stunningly renovated into a luxury holiday rental and wedding venue. If you want to rent it out or hold a wedding/ event there you can find more information here: https://www.boconnion.co.uk/
As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community I’d been wanting to see ‘Everybody’s talking about Jamie’ for ages. It’s based on the brilliant BBC documentary ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16’. The musical follows a 16 year old teenager as he overcomes bullies and prejudice to become a fabulous drag queen.
So when my friends David and Simon mentioned they were going to see it I crashed their date night and became their spare wheel. Only joking I did ask if I could join them and they very kindly said it was fine. We had a lovely pre-theatre dinner round the corner from the theatre at Sophie’s Steakhouse in Soho.
I enjoyed the show, but the other boys were less impressed. We all though it wasn’t quite as slick a production as we would expect from a big West End show. Almost seemed quite amateurish in parts. We’re not sure if it was possibly because of a recent change in cast. We all agreed the second half was better than then first. The whole show is camp as tits, really heartwarming and positive so I still enjoyed it. As an extra bonus which I hadn’t realised when booking the tickets, Ru Paul’s Drag Race star, Bianca del Rio, was back starring in the show, so that was nice as I’m a big fan of her. So while we all enjoyed it, me particularly, we feel liked perhaps they needed to slightly concentrate a bit more on finer details of the production.
After a weekend stuck in Athens unable to go anywhere by boat because of the wind I finally managed to get a ferry to Milos. To avoid more cancellations I booked a bigger ferry (heavier boats apparently are less subject to the wind apparently than catamarans) however they are also much much slower. The ferry was scheduled as taking a startling nine and half hours to get to Milos, and in fact it ended up taking nearly 11 hours. A good chance to read my book and also watch some TV shows and movies that I’d downloaded on Netflix, but not exactly ideal. I arrived late at night starving, thankfully there was still some restaurants open and I was collecting the keys for my accommodation from a hotel with a 24hr reception. I stayed at a delightful little private room/ house called Katerina Rooms, really close to Milos Town and the port and great value.
Milos is famous for its dramatic volcanic coastline and rock formations. As a former geography grad that sort of nerdy rock thing actually excites me. Its most famous export is the iconic Venus de Milo statue which is now in the Louvre in Paris.
I had a limited amount of time in Milos, so on the excellent advice of my hosts I decided to hire a quad bike to tour the island. I didn’t book in advance so I was lucky to find one available to hire as it seemed a very popular way to explore the island. You can hire scooters as well, but only if you have ridden one before, which I hadn’t. It was really fun bombing around the island on a quad, the wind rushing through was really cooling, though deceptive as I did slightly burn my arms In the sun without realising. Had a lovely time though. There’s next to no public transport on the island so you do really need your own transport to get around. There’s not a great deal of roads so it’s hard to get lost and the hire company gave me a map that was more than enough to easily find my way around. I only had to refer to Google maps once. There’s some really beautiful really stunning beaches and scenery around Milos and I wish I had a bit more time to spend there but unfortunately the wind curtailed my travel plans significantly and I had to get back to Athens to fly back to London. Still a perfect excuse to go back again in the future I suppose.
Omilos is renowned as the best restaurant in Hydra. I tried to get a table there several nights in a row and finally on my last night I managed to secure a spot. Situated in a former fuel depot near the entrance of the port it’s been cleverly converted and is now a chic contemporary restaurant with an amazing sea terrace. I was so keen for a table I even offered to sit inside if that’s all they had, though luckily they found me a lovely table overlooking the ocean. I started with a sea bass carpaccio which was excellent, really fresh and light. Then for my main I pushed the boat out and ordered lobster pasta, which was delicious. As I was having seafood I ordered a carafe of the local Greek white wine.