That’s Crete, of course, and one of my favourite ever places. (Alright, yes, there’s Rhodes and Skiathos and various areas in France and the Peak District in the UK and…..) Anyway, one of my favourites, as I said. Although, coming from the murk of the north of England, it’s the sunshine that attracts in the first place, the island itself has a real magic. It’s quite big, in comparison to the other Greek islands and there’s a wide range of scenery, from cliffs and mountains to beaches and bays; from vineyards and farms to night clubs and busy modern cities.
We were there from May 2nd with my cousin and her husband plus a couple of friends we met there two years ago. It’s one of those things, when you recommend a place, you hope and pray that it’s as good as you remembered and that the others will like it too. And it’s the same way with friends – we knew WE would get on fine with Ann and Kev (Cousin and hubby) and ditto Gareth and Sonia (Friends from previous holiday) but would they get on with each other? Well, we needn’t have worried. We spent the whole week laughing, teasing and generally enjoying each others’ company.
And Crete itself? We stayed in a smallish place called Agia Marina, near Chania on the north coast of the island, in the Dias Apartments. The apartments are family run and they are very friendly and welcoming. you can just see our balcony at the top far left of the building, so we had views over the olive groves and down to the sea.
We loved it. The beach is pleasant and close with lovely views over to the little island across the bay. It’s uninhabited except for the tiny church of Saint Theodoroi. It looks glorious at sunset.
I have to admit, the sea was a bit cold for swimming, although we did go in a couple of days but we tended to go for walks or take the bus into the nearest big town, Chania, and then come home in the afternoon for a dip in the pool.
Agia Marina itself is a mixture of old village and holiday resort , with plenty of tavernas and bars, most of them rather attractive, although not all traditional. Lots of places to choose from for our evening meals.
The old village is pretty, with a typical white painted church smack in the middle and cats everywhere.
We walked up one day but the heat almost overcame us and we had to adjourn to a bar for a cold drink. Or two.
And Chania was so beautiful, we went twice, using the local buses, of course. The first time, we just toddled round admiring everything and taking photos. Oh, and having lunch, of course. There were glorious shops selling silver jewellery, shoes, handbags and, of course, tourist gee-jaws. But we didn’t buy any. So we had to go back a couple of days later to shop. We sent the men off into the harbour while we three thoroughly enjoyed a little self indulgence. OK, a little MORE self indulgence.
We found several lovely tavernas for lunch but eventually settled for this one in the back streets of the old town. I can’t remember the name but it was just lovely, very old fashioned and traditional but you could see into the stainless steel clad kitchen, where all was modern and spotless – the best of both worlds.
Down on the harbour they were mending the old city walls, just as they did way back in the 13th century. Amazing.
The seafront is a riot of colour, with very old buildings still used, although some of them looked a little unsteady to me. Ann pointed out one where the ground floor was a lovely restaurant but the upstairs was just a little scary. Would you want to stay there?
And while we were away, I did quite a bit of drawing, including finishing off some I started before we went.
So here are a couple of before and after pictures of ones that are now complete.
I also did another round one. I suppose it’s a Zendala but it’s just that I’ve been enjoying circles lately. I thoroughly enjoyed doingthis one and I think it shows.
So I did another one but with just a bit of colour.
I’ve seen other people use just a bit of red and it seems to really add drama, so that’s what I tried with this one.
So now I’m waiting for the next Diva Challenge and I’ll add it at the bottom here.
See you soon, world, have fun.
And funnily enough this week the Diva Challenge is to use white ink on a black background. And only yesterday I bought this black heart shaped slate tile to use as a coaster. So here’s my response to the Diva Challenge. This week I’m going to paint it with clear vanish and rest my tea cup on it.