My Trip to Crete, Greece 2017 and May 2018

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Submitted: July 28, 2018

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My Trip to Crete, Greece 2017 and May 2018:

This is my memoir to Crete, Greece where I went in August 2017 and May 2018 (which was only for one week both times). I really loved my time there as the places were absolutely beautiful, and the people were so kind hearted and welcoming as well as helpful too.
We flew to Crete, Greece via the airline company Jet2 Holidays both times and stayed at the Handakkas Hotel in Amoudara, Herakliou both times too. The Handakkas Hotel was a family run hotel. There was Sofia who was managing the hotel along with her Uncle Paul, Aunt Katrina, her mum Susannah, and her dad Demetri. Occasionally Susannah’s first cousin Terri who was also known as left Terri and family friend Maria would pop round too. On weekend’s Sofia’s brother and sister in law as well as her niece (who was also called Maria), and nephew came for lunch including her daughter Faffaello. We always had dinner there most of the time and even sat with the family for lunch on one occasion. However we did have lunch and dinner at a Restaurant called Uncle George's Taverna and got on well with the restaurant owners. Also we became friendly with a cat that we named Pussy Ginger due to the colour of his fur.
While in Crete we did some excursions which we booked through Holiday Services. We went on a Cretan night, Gramvousa, Balos boat Trip, the Chania Tour, the Happy Train Tour, Nikolos, Spingalonga trip, and the Knossos Palace Tour. On all the tours that we had booked with Holiday Services the coach picked us up by Dolphin Bay Hotel which wasn’t far from Handakkas. However, we had to be there half an hour before the pickup time.
On the night of the Cretan night we were met by our tour guide Militsa who explained what the programme would consist of which was tradition and local dances and there would be a singer called Ava singing many different types of songs. We had our photo taken with the Cretan dancers and a donkey. Before leaving to go to her other group Militsa taught us some Greek phrases calispera (which meant good evening), and Yamas (which meant cheers). We had a buffet dinner and we were amazed by the strength of the waiters of how much they could carry in one go. Also there was the singer Ava who sang for us whilst we ate and watched the Cretan dancers perform. Then we participated and danced around the stage where other people joined in. There was a Welsh lady who kept chanting “Oggy, oggy, oi, oi!” while the dancers danced. It was a fabulous evening and didn’t get back to our hotels until gone midnight.
On the Chania Tour we visited a place called Rethymno which is an old town in Crete, and went to Lake Kournas where people could have a paddle or swim in the lake it was we stopped for lunch and it was a beautiful place to stop to have our lunch. Afterwards we visited Chania where we walked round the town which was full of shops, restaurants, and bars. As well as have an ice cream, my parents had a fish spa and it was absolutely hilarious when mum screamed when she put her feet in tank full of fish.
On the Knossos Palace Tour we went to see the palace which mainly ruins of the castle which was very beautiful. However, when mum climbed over a rope a tour guide who wasn’t even with us came running blowing her whistle and telling mum off like she was a referee or a school teacher and even threatened to get the Cretan police involved as well. Apart from that I really enjoyed getting to know the history of the palace.
On the Happy Train Tour we went from Amoudara and up to mountain Vasilko and took pictures of the lovely scenery. After that we to the Panagia Monastery, Kera Kardiotissa which was run by nuns. Also me and mum picked grapes from a vine that was growing through a wooden fencing roof. However, the nuns didn’t like us taking pictures of the chapel or even them. We stopped at a Rogelia village where we had a coffee and ended our journey back in Amoudara.
On the Nikolos, Spingalonga trip we stopped in the cosmopolitan town of Agios, Nikolos where we a caught a ferry boat that would take us to Spingalonga and before leaving we were able to have some free time. When we got on the boat we had our photos taken on at entrance of the boat before going onboard. We then set sail to Spingalonga and was given a guided tour by our tour guide Elsa which lasted an hour. We had lunch on the boat and after that we sailed back to the port of the town of Agios, Nikolos where we had a drink before being taken back to our hotels.
On the Gramvousa, Balos boat Trip went on a cruise ship and went to three different stops. The first stop was the Bay of Kissamos where we sailed for an hour and looked out of the boat saw the stunning views. The second stop was Imeri Gramvousa where saw a shrine, a church, and a shipwreck of a pirate ship. Our final stop was the Lagoon of Balos where I paddled in the water. When I went there in August 2017 I was too scared and decided to go back on the boat. However, in May 2018 I conquered my fear and got across the rocky lagoon and on the way back I was assisted by the crew members of the Gramvousa, Balos boat.
Overall I really enjoyed my time in Crete as well as that we still keep in touch with Sofia and her family as they really did look after us whilst we were there. This trip will never be forgotten and I will treasure it forever. I really do believe that it is a great holiday destination for anyone and everyone! If you do plan to go there trust me you won’t be disappointed!


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