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Phyllo dough pies with avocado, Kritamon Chania
Greece, Taste

Kritamon wine bar/restaurant, Chania

Named after a plant that grows in the sand and is used in salads, Kritamon is located in Kondylaki street in Chania’s old town. It is a wine bar/ restaurant with an adjacent organic store, with clean and minimal design. To be honest, the design caught my attention as we passed by and prompted me to check out their menu as well. We already had lunch that day, so we made a mental note and decided to return the next one. And that’s what we did! On our last day in Chania, after walking one last time around the city,…

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Chania old port
Greece

2 Days in Chania, Crete

The last weekend of September my husband and I spent a weekend in Chania, Crete for a wedding. It was the perfect opportunity to explore the city yet again, on season this time! The city was full of people; locals and visitors alike but less busy than it would be in August. The weather was pleasant (and breezy) making it ideal for long walks. During our previous visit in January we had covered many of the city’s important sites such as the old town, the old port, Eleftherios’ Venizelos tomb and house. This time we aimed at visiting the Etz…

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Essential Guide to Rethymno, Crete, Greece
Greece

The essential guide to Rethymno, Crete

Being married to a Cretan means that I get the chance to visit this beautiful island multiple times per year. I’ve explored a lot of cities, villages and beaches but the fact is that I still have lots to explore! Ugh! Anyways! Today’s post is all about the picturesque city of Rethymno, which lies conveniently between the two large cities of Chania and Heraklion. It has a lot of similarities with the former as the Venetian influence is more prominent than in Heraklion (where they did a pretty good job on not highlighting the dry docks or the fortifications). Its…

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exploring Chania in Crete
Destinations, Greece

Exploring Chania

This post has been a long time in the making, but I’m finally sharing with you my whereabouts in Chania, which I visited over the holidays! Chania is a very picturesque city in west Crete, famous for its Venetian build old port and old town full of cobblestone streets and colorful buildings. The city also played a great role in the efforts of Crete’s independence from the Ottoman rule and the unification with Greece. Nowadays Chania is a popular travel destination for Greeks and foreigners alike. So here’s a mini guide on the places I visited (and photographed) during my weekend there!…

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Visiting Knossos
Destinations, Greece

Visiting Knossos: Europe’s oldest city

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the word labyrinth, aren’t you? You might as well have heard about the myth of Minotaur, the half bull half human creature which was killed by Theseus with the help of Ariadne. Yes I know, lots of characters in just one sentence, but you can read the (quick) story over at Wikipedia. Well, today I’m taking you to the actual place where this myth takes place: the city and palace of Knossos. The archaeological site The city and palace of Knossos date from 1700BC. The site was discovered in late 19th century by Minos…

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Crete Road Trip: Heraklion to Iearapetra
Destinations, Greece

Crete Road Trip: Heraklion to Ierapetra

During the last 3 years I’m spending my vacations in Crete (even got married there) as my husband comes from the island. His village is located in the center of Crete (literally), so we can venture out either to the west or the east in (almost) equal time! In the past we took road trips mostly to the west in the regions of Rethymno and Chania, as there are more interesting beaches there, including Elafonisi, one of the Greek beaches you shouldn’t miss! This year though I decided to take a road trip to the east, visiting Agios Nikolaos, Plaka and Ierapetra,…

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Destinations

Avli Restaurant, Rethymno

So, I’m taking a small break from showing you my whereabouts in Boston, to travel a little back in time to my summer vacations and introduce you to a little gem… If you’re visiting Rethymno, then Avli restaurant, should be on your “to visit” list. Located in a picturesque cobblestone, bougainvillea adorned little street in the Old Town, this restaurant offers a mix of traditional Cretan dishes, as well as “reformed” Cretan dishes as well (what I call “with a twist”). Avli in Greek means yard and that exactly is the main feature of the restaurant: a nice little yard adorned with…

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Destinations

Galini Tavern, Plakias Crete

  I maybe far away from Greece, but there are still some posts and photos from the past that I’m going to share here on the blog like this basic but wonderful tavern I visited while vacationing in Crete.  It might not be trendy and stylish as the places I usually feature in my blogs, but it has really great food! Ideal after spending the morning (or afternoon) on the beach! Galini Tavern is located in a small and picturesque bay called Souda, near to Plakias village/beach in southern Crete (not to be confused with Souda near Chania, also in Crete). Galini translates…

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Style

Wedding Preview

I’ve been absent for a month, but I had valid reasons! I got married on the 21st of June in Crete! Of course it’s super early to have the official photos, which I’m pretty sure will be lovely as I love our photographers work so much (P.S. You should check it out too here). Here’s a small photo preview of the wedding day and the day prior to that! My preparation took place in GDM Megaron Hotel, where we also spent our first (and second) night as husband and wife. The ceremony took place in Saint Titus church, which I’ve…

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Destinations

Pepe Nero, Herakleion

I had spotted Pepe Nero back in 2012 and wanted to visit ever since, as I had passed so many times in front of it! You see I have an affinity for Italian restaurants 🙂 Especially more so if the interior looks nicely put together. So last month I had the opportunity to visit and I wasn’t disappointed! We started off our meal with a salad and an appetizer which featured cold cuts, arugula and Parmesan. Both were delicious, but I was eager to try my pasta as well. I had tagliatelle with mushroom, sausage and white sauce. My friends had risotto…

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Taste

Parasties Restaurant, Heraklion

During my Easter vacations in Heraklion, I had the opportunity to dine in Parasties restaurant (the t is silent). Parasties is a Greek/Cretan cuisine restaurant, but it doesn’t look like your typical taverna. The interiors are a bit funky and I particularly liked the tiled wall behind a table for large parties. The food is really good and it’s not frilly. It has a large selection of appetizers and meat dishes. Of course we tried out mostly meat dishes like steak and lamb chops, as well as some side dishes such as fried potatoes, roasted mushrooms and omelette with spinach….

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