This whole trip to Greece was actually all about the Greek Isles.
Athens was just the stopover.
And now I can see why.
Don’t get me wrong: there’s a lot to see and do in Athens. It is, after all, the cradle of the Western civilization, where Greek gods roamed and played, where myths were forged. It has the Acropolis and super cheap gyros. It’s worth seeing.
But there’s no point in going to Greece without a jaunt to its islands.
Greece has nearly 6,000 islands, about 200 of which are inhabited. Crete is the largest of them all, spanning 3,219 square miles with about 750,000 people living there. It’s the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
And we were going there, specially to Chania, the second largest city in Crete with about 53,000 inhabitants.
I was excited to see another part of Greece, particularly the side that people talk about the most. (And, I won’t lie, I was jonesing for the beach.)
And once I landed in Crete, smelled the seawater and walked around charming Old Town near the harbor, I can completely see why.
Here’s what my first day in Crete looked like:
This whole stretch is lined with shops and eateries — and this fish spa. It was Grace’s first time getting her feet cleaned by these little fish — popular in Asia. I didn’t realize this service was in Europe, too!
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