Wednesday, July 13, 2016

La Vie Fleurit On Tour | Road Trip Day 2 and Family Sunday

As promised I still needed to tell you guys about the final part of my journey to Greece! The second day I rented a car, I had envisioned to make my day a bit more relaxed than the day before, Moreover I wanted to visit the island of Spinalonga, because everyone kept talking about it, so I figured I better drive up there to check out the sights! But before doing so I kicked off my morning with a trip into the mountains nearby Gouves, where I hiked to a cave filled with stalactites. Crete is filled with these caves and there are some famous ones for which you have to pay a lot of money to visit them but there are also some free ones on the island so just ask any local and they will guide you the way!

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On my way to Elounda (which is where I planned on taking the ferry to Spinalonga), I drove by Crete’s coast line and its pretty sides. When I arrived in Elounda I decided to have lunch! At The harbour there are many touristic places, but I chose to visit the bistro of Greece’s best chef, the Ferryman by Baxevanis. In Elounda I finally got the rest I was looking for and while I was waiting on my lunch, I got a pleasant surprise! A surprise which must have been send by the universe cause I saw a wild sea turtle off at least 1,3 meter pop up only 4 meters in front of me! What a magical experience, to see such a beautiful animal at such a beautiful bay with such fantastic people! The lunch was delicious and the atmosphere was so relaxed that I realized I had missed the last ferry to Spinalonga … oops haha!

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Therefore when it was time to leave I drove to the peninsula of Kalydon, where I got my second magical moment of the day … absolute tranquillity. It might sound strange but once I had found a place on the water, I suddenly started to cry. I think you never really realize how strange it is like, to experience absolute silence. A very special experience I wouldn’t like to have missed out on! After downsizing my panda mascara eyes, I saw a small white ‘beach type’ of lounge restaurant, where I went to, to get a glass of wine. After 5 minutes some locals from the island asked me to join them at their table. The Cretans are such nice people and they tell the most wonderful stories! I could spend my whole day easily with these people if I would have wanted to and I definitely plan on visiting them if I ever go back to Crete! After finishing my drink … which by the way looked more like a complete bowl of wine rather than a glass (that’s the Greece hospitality for you ;)), I said my goodbyes to my newly made friends and I went to Agios Nikolaus, This village has a fantastic small bay in the middle of the city and it has some really nice shopping streets to add to its charm so it’s a certain must!

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On my last day I wanted to relax on the beach a bit more before heading back home! However the weather wasn’t agreeing with me, so during the afternoon I went to Heraklion again. A very good decision because since it was Sunday I got to discover the real Grecian family life! I visited some churches, a religious museum and because it was still raining after 4 hours, I decided to have a small lunch! Hahaha small … I start to laugh when I think back about it! I found myself in this typical Cretan family restaurant and all the food looked so good and was so incredibly cheap that I ordered 3 (what I though where going to be small plates), dishes. When I got all those mountains of food, I realized I could have fed a complete family of my own. However I had a blast and it was a delight to sit and enjoy these comfort dishes in this almost theatrical scene! When the night fell, the rain had finally stopped and I watched the sun set in the ocean with in a distance of my view the island of Santorini My new travel bucketlist item!

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