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by Ana C from Brazil
We have just come back home and we must tell you that we had an amazing time in Crete ever. There is nothing to complain about, as well as there is nothing to regret about our decisions regarding to our travel in Crete. We are just very sorry about being back home so early…
In our heart and dreams Crete is the ultimate place to go back in our next vacation. Including because there still many places to visiting that we missed this time… That was just impossible to visit the entire island in 6 days.
We would like to thank you also for suggesting the Iliaki Pension in Matala. Antonia was just an amazing hostess: nice, simple, and sweet.
If I could, I would like to suggest to Crete Travel Stories to include the lovely restaurant in Matala of Anna and Alex in your records and website. She is a Crete woman that is married a Macedonia´s man and they have a great restaurant in Matala (Anna and Alex Restaurant). The same way as Antonia´s pension: nice, good price, well served, and great food.
The ferryboat to Santorini was very nice as well.
Finally, we would like also to send to you some photos that we did during our stay in Crete. We are sending the pictures graciously. Thanks for being helping hands during our trip planning.
Looking forward to a sooner return in Crete and meeting in the Piece of Heaven on Earth.
All the best,
Ana C from Brazil
Taverna Stavrakakis in Exo Laconia
An article for Crete Travel Stories - by Steve and Rosie Baker.
The tavernas in Crete are mostly of a very good standard. However, good as they are, local knowledge can lead one to discover gems that most holiday visitors never find.
This article is about one such place. The village in question, is Exo Laconia in the Lasithi region.
It is reached quite easily from Agios Nikolaos if you have transport. Whilst there is a road from the national highway, its not easy to spot the turning. Much better, take the Sitia road out of Agios, then turn right at the Kritsa crossroads. Then, turn left after about 100 meters through Mesa Laconia. Follow the road past the football ground, and just keep going.
As you reach Exo Laconia, rounding a bend to the left, you will see possibly the biggest bougainvillea you ever saw! This is what you are looking for!
This is Taverna Stavrakakis.
Taverna Stavrakakis is where the locals go for something special! You will not find menus and set meals there, rather Manolis the owner will suggest various items you may chose from.
Whatever you choose will be a true Greek meze, where everyone takes whatever they fancy, but be warned - your taste buds will be taken to new heights!
Also, in true Cretan fashion, the meal may well last several hours, but as we know, time marches to a different beat in Crete! A recent stop for coffee there at 3pm saw us finally leaving at 1am next morning!
Below I include a pic of myself with TWO Manoli! On the left, the owner of Stavrakakis, while on the right, Manoli, the father of my friend Vangeli Lyrakis, a huge gentle giant of a man of tremendous warmth.
So for those who want to experience true Cretan style and hospitality, I cannot recommend this too highly!
All I can say is: Kali Orexi!
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Crete Travel Stories By Elisabeth from Bavaria
Crete Travel Stories
Here I am again with some photos of last summer on Crete, when we got to learn to love the Eastern coast, too: Palekastro, where we first planned to stay only one or two nights - and then we stayed there 6 nights, and Kato Zakros, where we only have been one afternoon, but knew, that we will come there this May again and stay for a longer time, and Xerokampos, where it is wild and rather "lonesome"...
Last June we spent our first days in Diskos/Lentas, where we had been 10 years ago and loved it a lot, but this time we didn't feel so well there. There are so many tents all over the beach, where ever there is a little bit of shadow, a tree or a bush - somebody put his tent there, but the owner of the tents don't stay there, but live in Athens or Heraklion or Germany, and only come twice or maybe three time in the summer to spend their hoidays there. People like me and my husband, who stay in the very nice small hotel/apartments "Tsapakis" don't know where to put their sunchair without being burnt by sun. This time we liked more Lentas, on the other side of the big rock.
I'll write more for Crete Travel Stories about Paleo Chora, about Falasarna, Chora Sfakion, Agia Galini, Kalamaki at Kommos-Beach and Mochlos the next days.
It's nearly midnight, so I say Kali nixtaFrom Elisabeth in Bavaria
I'm sure, many people know the "old" book "Winds of Crete" (1974) by David Mac Neil Doren. There is a rather new one, written by the English Author Victoria Hislop, (meanwhile also translated to German): "The Island" - here's the copy of a recension I've found: "When beloved schoolteacher Eleni is diagnosed with leprosy, she is exiled to the Greek island of Spinalonga. Left behind on Crete are her husband and two beautiful daughters, headstrong Anna and dutiful Maria. Years later, Eleni's great-granddaughter Alexis returns to Crete to find answers to her family's mysteries. Conveniently, a witness to her family history is still alive to tell her—and us—the dark story".
The novel is a romantic page-turner, but I found it a little shallow. For example, the Nazi occupation of Crete becomes a plot device to turn the boy next door into a hunk, and, after much tribulation, the good are rewarded and the bad punished." It's not so bad to read this book, to understand what happened just half a century ago there, where now so many tourists enjoy the beaches!!! Remember, it has been just a few years ago. Reading this book I've been touched deeply!
From Elisabeth in Bavaria
Since I've been first time on your page, I come here daily, often twice or more, and - of course. I now get your love-letters! Every year my husband an me spend the holidays on Crete, sometimes twice, always we only take a flight from Bavaria to Heraklion - once we arrived in Chania - and take a car, and then we travel around. Mostly we have been in the South, the Northern and the West-South, our favorite village is Paleochora.
Last June we discovered the Eastern coast: Palekastro and Kato Zakros and Xerokambos, and there we plan to go again this coming May. Last year we have had a look to Stella's Appartments in Kato Zakros, I think we will spend some days and nights there. What we also liked very much last year, some days in Mochlos. It is a good, quiet place to stay and to make excursions from there. I love reading your love letters and all the reports you've written on your page and looking to all the pictures etc.
I started learning Greek, oh! That's so difficult, but I'm happy to can read and write the Greek writing, and I know to pronounce, so I hope I will be a little bit successful more and more...
I look forward to your loveletters every day and now say
One of my favourite things is looking at the reflection of taverna lights on the limani at night. Especially in Chania it evokes a senses of innocence and vulnerability.
The lights reflect the Greeks' desire to gather with friends.
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