Recap: Chania, Crete

Hi all,

I’m so excited to share the first “recap” post of our trip to Greece. In these recaps, I’ll be sharing what we did, where we stayed, where we ate, along with loads of pictures! They won’t be travel guides per se, as I don’t think we know enough of each city to really be able to give a “professional” opinion.

Let’s start with the few days we spent in Chania, on the island of Crete. We stayed in the old town and it was seriously beautiful. It’s filled with narrow, cobblestone streets and colourful houses. It actually reminded us of Italy.

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I’ll start with a general overview of our stay and will then go more into day by day details.

Where we stayed:

Room Honeymoon. We had the room on the ground floor (there are only 2 rooms in this hotel) and it was very small. We couldn’t comfortably move around the room if our suitcases were open on the ground. However, for $50 per night, we couldn’t really argue. It was in a prime location and was so affordable.IMG_5424

What we did: 

  • Visiting the old town, stroll through the harbour
  • Venetian lighthouse
  • Ancient Aptera + Fortress
  • Elafonisi beach

Where we ate:

  • Breakfast: Kormoranos Cafe and Bakery. This cafe was a 30 second walk down the street from our hotel so it was super convenient to have breakfast here. We ate here twice.

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    This is “the view” from the cafe.
  • Dinner:  –Lithos Restaurant: Facing the harbour. It was tasty but seriously overpriced. Palazzo Almare: Facing the harbour. We had the seafood platter and while some fish was good, we didn’t enjoy all of it, and it  was very expensive. Semiranos: This one was tucked into tiny streets but it was very good. We had the Cretan pies as a starter and it was probably the best appetizer we had on our entire trip. It was stuffed with spinach and feta, but it had a different shape than the normal spanakopita.
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    The Cretan pies.

     

We also ate gelato every night

Now I’ll go a bit more into detail and our thoughts on this city.

Day 1:

We landed in Chania in the late afternoon and picked up the car at the airport. We rented a car for our 5 days on Crete and I would highly recommend this, especially if you want to see multiple cities (and you most likely want to, since it’s a really big island!).

We drove into Chania and found public parking right down the street from our hotel. We used the car every day and never had an issue finding parking when we came back in the afternoon.

It was raining that day so we just spent the evening walking around the harbour, going to the light house, and just visiting. Dinner: Lithos Restaurant.

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The Old Venetian Harbour.

Day 2:

Breakfast: Kormoranos Cafe and Bakery.

We didn’t really have a set plan for the entire island of Crete, so on our first full day in Chania, we decided on a whim to go to the Ancient Aptera. It’s basically Roman ruins, but not nearly as well preserved as in Rome. Some of the structures were very impressive, but the sight itself was kind of an eyesore. There is a theatre, which is nicely preserved though. We also visited a fortress that’s about a one minute drive away from the Aptera.

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The theatre.
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The fortress.
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View from the cliff next to the fortress.

After our time here, we drove back towards Chania and had to stop at a small shopping mall in the beach town of Platanias for some new shoes for Michael, his had gotten completely ruined somehow.

We spent the rest of the day walking around the old town of Chania and doing a little bit of shopping. We tried going to a couple of the museums in town but they were very small and we didn’t really feel like paying for something that would take us 20 minutes to visit.

Dinner: Semiranos (this was our favourite dinner in Chania!)

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Day 3:

Breakfast: Starbucks… We really wanted Crepes but the crepe restaurant only opened at 5pm (?!) and we wanted something quick, so this was our only choice…

Lunch: We went to the supermarket the day before and made salami sandwiches.

We went to Elafonisi beach, but I will be doing a whole post just for that beach, as the whole day was a really interesting experience! Once we got back from the beach, we had dinner at Palazzo Almare and just walked around. IMG_5428IMG_5429

Day 4:

Breakfast: Kormoranos Cafe and Bakery.

We started our drive toward Rethymnon and decided to stop at Lake Kournas, which was probably the best idea we had on the entire trip! Once again though, I will be going into more details about Lake Kournas in my next Greece recap post: Rethymnon.


I hope you enjoyed reading this! Let me know what you thought by leaving a comment down below 🙂

Have a great weekend,

Marilyn

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Travel Outfit Ideas

Hi all,

I love to travel and I love everything that has to do with travelling, including outfit planning! When I’m travelling by plane, I love to be comfortable but also look somewhat put together. Here are three outfit ideas that I would wear (and have worn!).

1. Total Comfort.

This outfit is perfect for long haul flights, especially those that are overnight. You’ll feel like you’re in your pyjamas and you’ll be able to fall right asleep. I always travel with a sweater on the plane because a) I get cold and b) it doesn’t take up room in my suitcase.

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Leggings: Champion.

T-shirt: GAP Factory.

Sweater: GAP Factory (this is a similar one).

Shoes: Nike Tanjun (bought at Famous Footwear).

 

2. Comfortable but work appropriate.

This one would be great if you’re going on a business trip and will be making an appearance at the office or at a client’s shortly after getting off the plane. The jeans are very comfortable (and affordable!) and the jean jacket makes for a put together look. Plus, it doesn’t take up unnecessary space in your suitcase.

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Jean jacket: Reitmans.

Jeans: Forever 21.

Flats: DSW (similar ones).

T-shirt: GAP Factory.

3. For vacation.

I love to travel in maxi dresses when I’m going on a beach vacation because it gets me in the vacation mode and it covers my legs so I don’t get cold on the plane. I always like to bring either a cardigan or little jacket with me even on beach vacations just in case, so I paired the dress with my jean jackets, so it once again doesn’t take up space in my suitcase (do you see a pattern here?).

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Dress: Shein.com

Jean jacket: Reitmans.

Sandals: Steve Madden bought at TJ Maxx. These are similar ones.


Thanks for checking it out! What’s your favourite travel outfit?

Marilyn

How To Reduce Travel Stress

Hi all,

I have always loved every aspect of travelling- from packing, to waking up early and waiting at the airport, watching planes land & take off, to the hours of reading on the flight, to that feeling of my stomach dropping when the plane finally lands. However, I know that travelling isn’t every one’s cup of tea. Here are some suggestions to prevent any stress before and during travel.

  •  Start a packing list 1-2 weeks before you leave

I always, always, always write a packing list before any trip, even if it’s just a short 2 or 3-day getaway. It really helps me stay on top of things and it ensures I don’t forget anything. I’ll typically write out a list anywhere from one month to one week before I’m set to leave. By doing this, I get to go over my list multiple times and add items to it that I forgot when I first wrote it.

Also make sure it’s detailed (I write it down to every top, bottom and pair of shoes I’m bringing), it will allow you to plan your outfits and prevent over packing.

  •  Start packing about one week before you leave

I found that it really helps to start laying out all the things I want to bring about one week before, that way I make sure to not wear them and not get them dirty right before leaving. It also gives me a chance to see if I’m missing anything, and which size of suitcase I should bring.

  •  Choose your seats in advance

I know this may not be for every one since early seat selection usually costs more, but it’s a great way to not have to worry about if you’re going to sit next to the people you are travelling with. I have done this for every vacation I have been on with Michael and I found that it just saves me so much worrying about if I’ll get to sit with him. I also don’t have to stress about checking in 24 hours before the flight (Will I be able to log on? What if I’m at work and all the good seats are taken? What if it didn’t work and there’s an issue when I get to the airport?), which leads me to my next trick below.

  •  Decide if you’re going to check in online before or at the airport

If you want to check in before, make sure you are aware of the exact time you can start checking in and set a reminder on your phone, that way you’re sure to not miss it. Personally, I prefer to check in at the airport. They have the machines that you can use to check in. All you have to do is type in your flight information, scan your passport, and check in the passengers that are on that reservation. It will print your boarding passes and the tags for your luggage. Plus, there usually isn’t a line to use the machines.

  • Make sure you have your favourite music on your phone or a book/magazine you’ve been wanting to read

This one may seem very obvious, but it will allow you to the edge off while waiting to board your flight or while you’re in the air. It will definitely help take your mind off what may be stressing you out!

  • Check what stores/restaurants are located in the airport terminal you will be in

Most airports now have a website, and on some of them you might be able to see the restaurants and even shops that are located in each terminal. When I’m travelling early in the day, I prefer to eat breakfast at the airport, so checking these websites just reassures me that I’ll be able to grab a bite to eat before my flight. I know that this might seem useless or futile to some people, but this just really helped put my mind at ease about one little aspect of my travels.


I hope this was helpful!

What are some of your tips to reduce travel stress?

Marilyn