So it’s been a few days since we returned home from beautiful Crete and I still have those post-holiday blues. What better way to reminisce than to have a browse of the photos and share your favourites? This holiday was mine and Jakes 5th time abroad together, so far we’ve been to Spain, France, Portugal, The Netherlands and now Greece! It was the first full week together on holiday just us two which was a really lovely experience and something I am definitely missing right now that he’s back at work and living a 40 minute drive away and I’m stuck at home awaiting my next treatment.
This post may end up a little longer than usual as I’m going to share a few photos and a summary of every day, hope you enjoy!
Day 1 in Crete
We landed around 1pm in Greece (11am in England) and hopped into a taxi to our little direct-to-the-beach hotel. We didn’t actually realise our place was a whole hour away from the airport but luckily we’d pre-paid for our transfer so it was pretty reasonable! We went for a little wander, found a supermarket to stock up on some food for the apartment and came back for a nap. Jake and I always go for apartments as we like to make our own food and with my illness, I can’t usually cope with eating out a lot! We then went to an incredible restaurant called Mio Gusto which ended up being the only one we went to for the entire week as it was so amazing! We had vine leaves stuffed with rice and served with mint greek yoghurt, cheesy garlic bread, Jake had a slow cooked lamb special dish and I had the “Al Gregory” pizza!
Day 2 in Crete
We woke up and popped to the shop as we wanted some fresh bread. Then went down to the beach for an hour and came back to the pool bar and had an afternoon cocktail, I had a tequila sunrise and Jake had a mojito. Jake then made us both a really lovely tomato, onion and sausage pasta and we were both so exhausted that we fell asleep. I unfortunately woke up and was really ill so we stayed in the apartment and played charades to make me feel better, haha!
Day 3 in Crete
We got up and got straight into the pool (which was FREEZING, we didn’t get in it again). Jake had an early mojito and we read our books for a while before having a nap and popping to the bakery close by. We treated ourselves to a ham puff and chicken and cheese brioche wrap to put in our planned sunset picnic that evening. We then chilled for a while and made our little feast before heading to the beach and eating some yummy food whilst watching the sunset.
Day 4 in Crete
This was the morning we took photos for my On The Beach post which you can view here if you haven’t yet! We then went back to the apartment for a sandwich and straight to the beach for a relaxing afternoon and a dip in the sea. We came back and got made up for a meal out in the evening and ventured out to a place called 1+1 but the kitchen was unfortunately closed as the season hadn’t properly started over there yet! So back to Mio Gusto we went. This time we had vine leaves again and something called “dakos” which is very similar to bruschetta! Jake had the curried chicken risotto and I had pork souvlaki. We then were given a complimentary dessert which we had no idea what it was but Jake liked to call it the “cous cous cake” as the texture was very much like it!
Day 5 in Crete
We got up and had a nice walk along the sea wall but it got very hot very quickly. I had a bit of a funny spell so we found ourselves back in Mio Gusto for a drink and a quick bite. I had a sandwich and Jake had a greek omelette with feta, olives, tomatoes, sausage and cheese. We headed back to the apartment via the shops and then to the beach for the afternoon for a lot of swimming and relaxing. Back to the apartment for a picnic dinner and then to the beach again to watch the sunset and play a game of bat and ball.
Day 6 in Crete
Headed down to the beach pretty early taking a picnic and stayed there all day before heading back to the apartment and getting all dressed up. We decided to have our final meal out on this evening due to me not wanting to be too unwell on the day of flying home as flights make me anxious enough as it is! We decided to just stick to Mio Gusto as the food, the service and the decor was top notch. This time round we had a dish called “apaki” which was slices of succulent pork in a sort of vinegar/oriental sauce and some courgette and feta balls. Both of these were absolutely INCREDIBLE much like everything else we tried. Jake then had a pork fillet in sweet and sour sauce with walnuts and pine nuts and I had chicken schnitzel fidel. We ended up having such a funny and amazing night that we stayed there a good 4 hours and had a free cocktail each chucked in. A huge shout out to Vakis and Sakis and the amazing chef who we didn’t catch the name of. I cannot fault one thing about our experiences in Mio Gusto – so friendly, so yummy and my god I wish there was one in Bristol!
Day 7 in Crete
Our last full day, we popped to the shops for some souvenirs and I had a little bit of money left so I treated myself to some natural olive oil based skincare called “Aphrodite” which is absolutely gorgeous. We then headed back to the apartment for lunch and both felt really unwell from the food we had so we ended up sleeping for quite a while. After, we went to the beach and had our last swim before going back to pack, shower and have another picnic dinner. There was not a more perfect way to end the holiday than watching the sunset on the beach again, finishing off our Sangria and playing bat and ball.
We had the most wonderful week and are so, so excited to book our next getaway! 7 days and nights with Jake was a dream and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. The list of places we want to go gets longer by the day, I think a city break might be next on the cards for our 5 year anniversary if I’m well enough!
Have you even been to Greece? Are there any islands you’d recommend?