Crete, the village of Plantanias to be exact, was wonderful. We were in a small, slightly touristy area with mostly restaurants, beach shops and hotels which gave us a lot to explore if not a large taste of local culture. It’s a very small area, nothing like the crowds of Italy, but we’ve been told this is the “off-season” for beach goers.
The food has been superb. I tried stuffed grape leaves which were delicious. Everything is much less expensive here, which after Italy was a relief. The only thing I found to be pricey were fruits and vegetables, which after a week without much of any and eating at restaurants for every meal has been tough. Our hotel did have a small kitchenette so we could cook a bit. The owner was so sweet, and had two dogs, a cat and an adorable kitten. I’m rarely a fan of cats but this kitten was so sweet, even if I did have to shower every time she came near me.
The first two days were cool and cloudy, which gave us ample opportunity to explore the village and the shops and catch up after a week apart. After spending so much time together and with everything happening so quickly this month, a week seemed far longer especially after traveling solo.
The beaches were so beautiful; I’ve never seen those shades of blue in the ocean before. I never could seem to capture them on my camera properly. The sand is a bit rocky but the water is warm and salty. More than anything I love the beach and that’s part of why I wanted to take this vacation to Greece without a checklist of attractions and landmarks to visit. Of course I would like to see Athens and archeological remains, but that would be for a very different trip than what my week in Crete had been. We rented lounge chairs and spent the majority of the week relaxing.
My friend and I had a little adventure and got fish pedicures! At first it felt incredibly strange, almost like pins and needles but much less intense. But after a few minutes it was simply calming. The fish seemed to particularly enjoy swimming between my toes which was a strange sensation to say the least. I had always wanted to try one and with so many salons that offered them here it seemed to be a perfect opportunity. (I’m still waiting for the pictures!)
Side note, Zoe recommended this fantastic book to me called “Where’d You Go Bernadette” by Maria Semple which I downloaded to my phone and read in less than 24 hours. I tried to read “Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess which I had brought with me but it really was bumming me out on the beach. I’d need to be in a much more serious (and angry) state of mind to read that one.