After a very long trip from Boston through London to Athens (and a wait for our luggage) we were off to Crete where we picked up a car and headed to the beach area of Chania, specifically the Thalassa Beach Resort. Now, I have to give a disclaimer here: I did not put together this itinerary at all. Lucky for our group I have an "in" with a travel agency from Greece, Amphitrion Holidays. While we gave them the islands we wanted to see, they found the hotels, prepared the transfers, cars (as needed) - basically, all the details. Having all of that in place, we did not really know what we were in for. We drove about 30 minutes down the coast road of Chania with our trusty map (the GPS at Hertz was broken!). Honestly, I drove only really hoping that we would run into the hotel, and lucky for us we did! That night we settled in, grabbed a bottle of wine and we (Nick, Erica S., Mike and I) drank it, enjoying the fact we made it and toasted to the fun to come.
Nick and I knew we had a beach view from our hotel, and the night before, we saw the pool but not much beyond that. Waking up that morning and opening the curtain to look out on the beautiful sea and this uninhabited island with a little cave, we planned on sitting out on the balcony any chance we got.
|View from our room|
Not really having any dinner plans we asked the receptionist of the hotel who suggested Mylos, which was within walking distance from our hotel. At first we did not think they had outdoor seating, but as the host took us through the restaurant to the back patio we were welcomed by huge flowering trees that provided an amazing setting for our first real meal in Greece.
Wanting to try it all, we dove right in with some grilled halloumi cheese, which was amazing - a cross between goat and mozzarella.
...which was of course followed by shots of ouzo. I am not really a fan (its the fennel flavor) but of course I tossed it back along with the others.
After navigating some tricky streets that seemed almost too small for our car to get down, we found free street parking along the water near the yachts.
Obviously some are more decked out than others...
Finally, after finding our way through the city and out the other side, we stumbled upon the other side of the harbor.
Was walked along the street that was lined with restaurants and hosts begging us to stop at their place, but we went for the place with the best view of the sunset - right at the inlet to the harbor.
It made for excellent pictures!
|Enjoying the sunset|
|Sunset over the harbor|