Thursday, February 23, 2012

Europe 2011 day 8: Crete, Greece

Good morning Crete
After Corfu, we spent the next day at sea on the boat and had a nice, relaxing day. After being "on the go" so much it was really nice having a day with nothing to do but lay out in the sun with a good book.

Then it was onto the next stop - day 8 (Sept. 20) on the beautiful island of Crete!  We didn't know much about the island since it wasn't as big of a tourist destination as some other islands like Santorini and Mykonos (more on those islands later!) and we found Crete to be a lovely island!  And it was pretty nice to have a break from all the tourists.

hanging out in the harbor




We went into the small town of Chania and walked around the harbor and then walked out to a lighthouse.  We saw some locals sitting out and doing their morning fishing and met a local man who we chatted with for a while.  He actually lived in Canada for a while so he was known around the area as "Mike the Canadian."  He wanted to hear all about America and politics.  Actually, everyone we met who found out we were from America wanted to know what we thought was going to happen in the November 2012 elections.



the city lighthouse
When we walked back from the lighthouse to the harbor we saw there were a lot of boats offering tours around the island that included a spot for snorkeling.  Sounded like a good plan to us so we signed up for a trip and were on our way!  The snorkeling was fun and the water is actually the clearest in the Mediterranean due to the strict waste dumping laws set by the island of Crete.  It was lovely, but I have to say, nothing compares to the snorkeling and water we saw in Bora Bora.  Still, a fun outing!

Nick on the swim
lovely Crete water
After our swim we worked up quite an appetite and stopped in for lunch at a spot "Mike the Canadian" recommended called Antigone. We ordered a Greek platter for two which came with a ton of food including boureki, moussaka, dolma (stuffed grape leaves), stuffed tomato, stuffed green pepper, and rich, thick tzatziki.  It was our best meal of the trip actually!  After our meal the owner Joseph came out to talk to us (when we sat down we told him Mike sent us) and they brought out free dessert, fruit and raki (the local liquor made from grapes). I typically don't do shots at lunch, but when in Rome - bottoms up!

our giant plate of food - we ate it all
shots on the house
outside of the restaurant

After lunch we went into town and walked around the lovely streets...





shrines like these were all over Greece, this one was for Mary
After our walk through town we went over to a beach...


A lovely day in Crete!  Next stop: Athens!

21 comments:

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

The water looks so beautiful there. I always enjoy talking to locals while traveling. Canadian Mike sounds fun! That's funny everyone wanted to talk American politics with you!

Kristin said...

Picturesque! I love it!

Girlie Blogger said...

Bet the water looks beautiful. What a lovely place.

Your Southern Peach said...

Once again I adore reading about your Greece trip! My husband and I wanted to visit Crete but it was a bit out of the way for our trip. How amazing is the food over there?

The water in Greece never ceases to amaze me! Hope you're doing well!

Katherine Krieg said...

wow! looks gorgeous! you two look so happy!

i totally adore your blog! can't wait to follow all your adventures. :)

Natalie said...

How fun that you get to travel with your hubby! So fun. Greece looks like paradise. Gorgeous pictures!

Kristin said...

what the freak!!!?? how was i not following you this whole time?? i always wonder why i don't see your posts in my reader!!! ugh!! wellllll now I'm following.

poptartyogini said...

What an adventure!! So beautiful on a snowy gray day. Hard to believe I'll wear a tank top ever again. Stunning!!

Nantucket Daffodil said...

The food! Wow! What a plateful! I need something like that right about now!

Meg {henninglove} said...

you are making me want to book a trip right now to greece. seriously carol the photos are gorgeous!

Dana Gastelum said...

How gorgeous! That water is just so beautiful! Greece is hopefully my next big vacation spot! I've always wanted to go :)

Brittany said...

Those streets are lovely! The last picture makes me want to go to the beach!

Nicole-Lynn said...

How lovely! The water is so pretty and ya'll are adorable! :)

I have always wanted to go to Greece. I might go for my graduation trip in 2014!

Laura Darling said...

Oh i would love to see Greece some day! So pretty! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Kristen said...

Look at those fun pictures! And that water, ahh so jealous!
One day, I will go there!

natasha {schue love} said...

OH I would love to go to Greece one day....looks amazing!

Alexa said...

Love the colorful, sweet little walkways...have to get there one of these days!

Megan said...

ahhhh gorgeous! i just found out that norwegian airlines is starting to fly to crete this summer and im sooo on that!

Val said...

Stunningly beautiful!!

Kathy said...

Wow! Love it, so beautiful!

Nicole-Lynn said...

The water is beautiful! So pretty there!

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