Yesterday we returned from our holiday in Crete. We've had a lovely week. A very beautiful island with incredibly hospitable inhabitants. We would go as far as saying that it is one of the most hospitable places we have visited to date and we've travelled quite a lot over the years. We really enjoyed our stay.
We got lucky in terms of our apartment, or maybe we took care to book something we were pretty sure would be a good standard and we weren't disappointed, either by the accommodation or the price which was a bargain for the Easter holidays. I think it helped that LB broke up a week earlier than many schools in the UK. The price for next week is significantly higher.
The weather has been good and I've done plenty of sunbathing by the pool. There was a cool breeze and a bit of cloud at times though, so I was pleased I brought a jumper and a jacket.
We had a morning at the Minoan Palace at Knossos, an afternoon in the capital Heraklion, a day in the mountains looking out across the lush Lissithi Plateau and exploring the caves at Psychro.
We visited the Museum of Cretan life in Hersonnisos, a wonderful museum full of information about the flora and fauna of the island and the work and pastimes of it's inhabitants through history.
The food and drink has been fabulous. I've enjoyed wonderful traditional Cretan/Greek dishes, (Kleftiko and Stifado being my particular favourites) and drunk way too much Ouzo and Raki and now I'm happy to be home and get back to normal.
I think we'd definitely return to Crete, as there's still a fair bit for us to explore there. The history and simplicity of Cretan life is very appealing, I would definitely recommend it as a holiday destination.