We recently spent our summer holidays in both Santorini and Crete, Greece this year. Going to Santorini has been a long-time dream of mine, wanting to see those amazing blue depth in colours of sea & sky, against a bright yellow sun on the white backdrops of the houses, caves and churches. We were craving homemade, wholesome, yummy Greek food too, encouraging our kids to eat only from this cuisine too. The people and travelers we met were awesome, extremely friendly and generous of their time, products, hospitality and gifts.
The highlight of our first day in Santorini was spent in Oia, meeting up with my friend Angie and her husband Frank from home. We grew up together in Melbourne, went to school and even celebrated their wedding. The last time I remember seeing them was when their daughter was born, 23 years ago. Overwhelmed with emotions of happiness and joy, we reminisced and caught up as though we'd seen each other yesterday. They met my family for the first time too. This definitely had to be one of the best things about this trip.
Exploring Santorini's gems in a short space of time was a challenge - Oia and the caves, the Capital Fira, seeing the Caldera. Absorbing the vibrant colours of the Red Beach, seeing Akrotiri the prehistoric Minoan civilisation site, Perissa Black beach near Ancient Thera, as well as Pyrgos, the gorgeous town on the hill with views of distant seas, hills and olive groves.
The boat ride to Heraklion Crete was almost too hilarious. The Sea Jet arrives late, people from all walks of life in very different classes rush on like cattle, scram up to the decks and lounges within 10 minutes, and the boat is off again. Unloading the passengers was just as funny.
We stayed at a house just outside Heraklion near Episkopi, we commenced our expedition for the best Cretan & Greek cuisine, the most gorgeous beaches and adventures. Potamos Beach near Malia, Elafonisi with its pink sands on the South-western side on Chania's side, Voulisma beach near Agios Nikolaos and Vai Palm-Tree Beach to the far east, past Sitia. We visited the prehistoric findings of Knossos Minoan Palace, seeing other sites near Malia and the Heraklion Museum. Crete has so many gems to see and enjoy.
To read more about the fascinations of Santorini, Crete and how cosmetics has changed over the years, be sure to check out the latest blog (2 parts).
Feels like forever ago now, the suntan is already fading and the kids are getting ready to go back to school tomorrow. Thank goodness ... I will have some peace and quiet again!!! Lili x