Our European Adventure: Last stop, Crete!

I wrote all about our European Adventure from Rome to Santorini to Turkey to Athens, and I completely forgot to tell you about our last stop…Crete!  Oh, how could I forget about amazing Crete!  

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The beauty and grace of the island brought out the ballerina in me.

Crete is the most highly populated of all the Greek islands.  It is a very modern town at first glance, but once you step outside the main cities, there is so much history and beauty to be uncovered.  It is so lovely, that according to Greek mythology, the Minotaur used Crete as its home.

Crete was the last stop on our cruise and unfortunately, we could only spend a few quick hours there.  Because this was our last stop, we chose to do some exploring on our own, without a tour guide.  

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From the main cruise port, you must take a quick bus ride into the city of Chania.  Chania is known for its Venetian Harbour.  It has stunning waterfront views, beaches, restaurants, and shopping.  I wish I had know how wonderful the shopping would be there.  I would have saved all my spending money until the end.  We got beautiful pashminas, soaps, and spices there.  The quality of goods (especially the pashminas) in Crete was much higher than Athens or Santorini, in my opinion.

Once we finished shopping, we went to one of the public beaches.  The water is stunningly clear and blue.  The beach was not super crowded and very peaceful when we went.  I could have floated there forever.

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From there we headed to one of the waterfront restaurants to order a snack and a bottle of wine.  Unfortunately, their power went out, so we did not get to eat any food there.  But, it was worth stopping by just for the view.

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Crete was an unexpected joy.  I knew nothing about this island going into the trip and now I have a burning desire to know so much more.  This would be a wonderful island to spend a week or more on, just exploring and basking in the Greek culture.

This is not goodbye, Europe, but rather…

See you later! 🙂

 

For more about our European Adventure, click the travel link in the home menu.

 

Thursday Doors- Santorini, Greece

Today I am linking up with Norm 2.0 for his weekly Thursday Doors.  According to Norm, “Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.”

I’m drawing from my recent Santorini trip because the colors there are breathtaking!

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Walking with the gods in Athens, Greece

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On to stop #3 of our Mediterranean cruise…Athens, Greece!  Athens is the capital of Greece and the birthplace of democracy.  The city itself looks like a typical metropolis, until you look up and see the Parthenon staring down at you like a gift from the gods.

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Today I am joining in on Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge.  I love a good challenge, especially when it involves photography.  I am no pro, but I do have fun snapping pictures!

According to Cee, this week’s challenge: “is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, etc. we move from one place to another on.  You can walk on them, climb them, drive them, ride on them, as long as the specific way is visible.  Any angle of a bridge is acceptable as are any signs.”

My photo for this week is from my favorite place on Earth…Santorini, Greece.

This is a “stairway to heaven” (or perhaps a church), but I like to think it’s heaven since Santorini in my mind is as close as one can get to heaven on Earth.

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#1 Bucket list item checked off! Santorini, Greece

Our European Adventure this summer had two parts…Rome and a Mediterranean Cruise.  The first stop on our cruise was  Santorini, Greece…AKA, HEAVEN!  For those of you who do not know about this beautiful wonderland, Santorini is the largest of the Greek islands and was formed by a massive volcanic eruption in the 16th century.

I am not ashamed to admit that I first heard of this gorgeous island when watching the movie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, many years ago.  It soon became #1 on my bucket list, but I honestly never thought I would get to check it off the list.

I was wrong…

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Oia, Santorini, Greece

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Our European Adventure! Part 1: The Booking Details

This July my hubby and I celebrated 5 years of marriage and my 30th birthday.  We have had many wonderful memories in those 5 years, but we have also gone through tough times.  Infertility wears on a couple.  We decided we needed to reward ourselves for the strength we have shown over the years.  We wanted to treat ourselves and take a special trip that would really give us time to focus on each other and check off a few of bucket list items.

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Santo Winery, Santorini, Greece

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