I wrote this blog post whilst sitting on our wonderful porch in the shade. The air is heated and every now and then the wind weaves from the ocean to cool your sweating body. When I look up from my sketchbook I see the deep blue of the ocean and a small deserted island in the front and parts of the Cretan mainland further behind. There are lots of hills in this area. Some rough and stony. Some overgrown with heavy green trees. The air is filled with the noise of thousand of cicadas.
This year me and my twin-sister Kirsten got stuck with the idea of celebrating our birthday together. It has been some years since we did and we thought it was about bloody time to rock a proper Twin Birthday again!
It happens that the twin-sister and her Girlfriend rented a seafront, self catering villa for two weeks on the Isle of Crete and asked me and my Mister to stay one week over our birthday and that’s what we did! 🙂
It is the first time I am in Greece and I was rather excited to arrive at Heraklion Airport after a 3,5 hours flight from Hamburg. ironically it was 2 degrees “cooler” in Heraklion then it was back in Hamburg! We rented a car at the airport and drove from the East of Crete to the West. Left Rhetymnon and Georgioupolis behind until we reached the village of Kalives. The Crete way of driving is, well… special to say the least! 😉
Our Villa was located between the villages of Kalives and Almerida. An area with no hotels instead of a lot of rental houses and appartements. Not too touristy at all.
We spent a lot of time at the Casa, admired the sea view and the freshness of the pool. Much needed feet up time in the shade catching up on a book or magazine. The Food in Crete is amazing!! All the extra portion of sun makes the fruits and vegetables tastes extraordinary good!!! The ones you get in your local supermarket at home cant conquer at all!! Pity that we are “back to normal” all to soon. 😦
During our week on Crete we day-tripped to the south of the Island with its sandy and lovely beaches, visited the “Frankocastello”, had Lunch at a cute Restaurant near the Beach and cooled us down at an empty beach afterwords. We’ve visited the Cities of Rhetimnon and Chania. Lots of tourists in both Cities but beautiful nevertheless with its old Venetian Harbour and lot’s of narrow, romantic streets. All together we 4 were happy to be back at “our” mansion after all the touristic fuzz!
The thing, that I really can get used to?! The Ouzo and dessert we always got after a wonderful grilled meal with Greek Salad. It comes for free and was always a mighty delight as you never knew what you would get! So good! Well and I could always get used to the splendid weather and the ocean being so near!
Loved being in Crete and I surly be back at some point in my Life! Thank you Kirsten& Cecilie for having us! 🙂
- Crete from East to West (absoluteambrosia.wordpress.com)
- Crete: Island of herbs and honey (independent.co.uk)
- A Walk Through Chania’s Old Town In Crete (gadling.com)