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July 17, 2017

KUWC Crete Photo Diary

Crete Hotel Photo Diary

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a pretty good weekend. Mine mostly consisted of resting. I felt like I needed a break even though I returned from vacation a week ago. If you’re anything like me, you usually need a vacation at home after your vacation.

You all know I spent two weeks in Europe: Amsterdam, Crete, and Santorini. Last week, I shared my 24 Hours in Amsterdam (see that here if you missed it). Today, I am sharing a few of the photos I took while in Crete. I thought about doing a Guide but kinda thought it really wasn’t necessary since most of the stuff we did and ate was within walking distance. It’s funny, on our last day we realized we really didn’t do much while here. We feel like we missed so much and really need to return to this location. And as much as we missed, we realized we like Crete much more than than Mykonos and Santorini. Mykonos was my favorite and Santorini was Georgious’s (his Greek name) favorite. After just one day in Crete, it won both our hearts!

Let me share and relive this sad memory with you: We flew into Crete around midnight and took a taxi to our hotel. When we got over the excitement of our room (I’ll explain in just a moment), I realized I left my camera on the plane! GASP!!! I say this to let you know all photos I took for the remainder of our vacation in Crete and Santorini were taken with my new Samsung Galaxy s8 provided to me by Verizon. Although I was in a bad mood off-and-on on this leg of my trip, my Galaxy s8 saved my trip because this chica was most certainly devastated. Partnering with Verizon was destiny!

Where We Stayed:

While in Crete, we stayed at the beautiful Elia Palatino located on the Venetian Harbor of Chania (pronounced Hun-ya, although I’ve heard it pronounced Cun-ya as well). When I booked this room, I knew it would be nice but OH MY GOODNESS, I didn’t realize what I’d done!!! This room was amazing! When I tell you this room is gorgeous, you better believe it. I fell in love with the extra large painted cabinet. And there are three french doors that lead to the balcony, which is lengthwise of the room. And talk about roomy! We had sooo much room to spread out. Our luggage had sooo much room to spread out. Our shopping had sooo much room to spread out.

The staff were absolutely wonderful. Not only did they call the airport (about my camera) during each shift, they were also full of valuable information on the city…where to go and eat and what to do. At check-in, they had sweet treats as well as a liquor called Raki. The version they had (in-house) was made from almonds and it was AMAZING!!! So much so that we went to the liquor store to try and find it. I haven’t tasted what we purchased just yet. But anyhoo, our suite (the hotel houses only six rooms and one suite) was pretty sweet with the best view ever. See for yourself!

Crete Hotel Photo Diary

Crete Hotel Photo Diary

Crete Hotel Photo Diary

Crete Hotel Photo Diary

Crete Hotel Photo Diary

I’ve decided not to list the places we dined in because everything was within walking distance and we had not one bad meal. I’m sure no matter where you eat in Chania (Crete) it’s all delish. Therefore, photos of sites and foods are in no particular order.

A few things we did were the Glass-Bottom boat ride, the Jump-on/Jump-off Double Decker Red Bus, and walked out to the lighthouse.

If you’ve ever visited Crete, I would love to know some of the things you did so that I can make a list for the next time I return. So please, do tell! And what do you think of the quality of the photos taken with my smartphone camera? Thank you so much for reading. And as always, have a beautiful day. Enjoy!

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32 Comments

  • Reply Eva

    What a fabulous experience!! And your photos are so lovely! Must plan trip! 😊
    xo, Eva
    http://www.thecharliebird.com

    July 17, 2017 at 10:37 am
    • Reply kuwc2016

      Thank you so much Eva!

      July 18, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Cynthia

    I’ve seen so much about Greece lately that I’m feeling like start saving and going! Your outfits are gorgeous, by the way 🙂

    July 17, 2017 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply kuwc2016

      Everyone should visit some part of Greece at least twice! The first time and you’ll be hooked! Thank you so much for the compliment and for reading!

      July 18, 2017 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Julie Torres

    Your trip looks amazing! Love your shirt- even on my worst day, I’m killin it!

    July 17, 2017 at 8:10 pm
    • Reply kuwc2016

      Ha HA, thank you so much Julia! I absolutely LOVE caption tees and this is one of my favorite ones!

      July 18, 2017 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Never Say Die Beauty

    Loved your photos and hearing about this leg of your trip. Glad you were able to take photos after losing your camera. I would love to go to Crete. I went to Mykonos years ago and I liked it a lot.

    July 18, 2017 at 12:29 am
    • Reply kuwc2016

      Losing my camera and ALL of my SD cards (about 15 of them) was a total bummer!
      Mykonos is absolutely stunning and loved the fashion there.

      July 18, 2017 at 10:34 am
  • Reply corinne & kirsty

    I have never been to Crete but OMG, it looks amazing! your pictures are fab and really make me want to go there! and the room, super nice indeed! sounds like i had a great time! xx corinne

    July 18, 2017 at 2:04 am
    • Reply kuwc2016

      Yes, we fell in love with Crete immediately without even seeing what all it has to offer! We cannot wait to return and plan to take the kiddos with us the next time.

      July 18, 2017 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Kristine Eva

    Your hotel suite is amazing and so are your outfits. I never really thought of going to Crete before but your photos make me want to go there the next time I go to Greece. 🙂

    July 18, 2017 at 7:20 am
    • Reply kuwc2016

      We were absolutely floored when we walked into the room. I couldn’t believe I had this room rented…The King Room!
      Most people visit either Mykonos or Santorini. Now that I’ve visited Crete, I’d love to visit less visited towns/islands of Greece.

      July 18, 2017 at 10:38 am
      • Reply Kristine Eva

        I would be too if I have that room. I pinned this post btw as I plan on staying in this same hotel when we get the chance to go back to Greece. I want to see Crete now. And your photos are amazing btw, they don’t look like they were all from a phone camera. Amazing!

        July 18, 2017 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Sue Tanya McHorgh

    Looks like you had an amazing time on your trip. All these pics have me planning my next adventure.

    July 18, 2017 at 7:52 am
  • Reply Chava Mazal Stark

    What a gorgeous photo essay of your time there! I’ve been meaning to book a trip out to Greece, perhaps I should look into Crete!

    July 18, 2017 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Eloise

    that trip looks amazing! I would LOVE to go there and see it for myself… It looks clean, has great food, fun places to go out and explore… thanks for sharing ; )

    July 18, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Pammy

    Looks like a really great place to explore! Amazing and I’m adding it to my bucket list! Thanks for sharing!

    July 18, 2017 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply Krysti

    Love all of your photos! It looked like such a magical time and what a gorgeous place in Crete!

    July 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply Krysti

    Love all of your photos! Crete is such a beautiful island. I only got to spend one night there so I definitely want to go back for longer!

    July 18, 2017 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply David Elliott

    Looks like you had an amazing trip there. I really do love all the pictures of the food. And you are right about the hotel. Both the view of the inside and the outside of the hotel looks amazing.

    July 19, 2017 at 2:15 am
  • Reply Yeu Doi

    Looks like you had an amazing adventure. Love the color and vibrance in your photos.

    July 19, 2017 at 4:44 am
  • Reply Nati

    These places look amazing! I am looking for a nice destination in the Mediterranean, as we have a week of Vacation also in October and this is very tempting! Although we will be travelling with children, I don’t feel like doing a second “beach vacation” if you know what I mean. Do you think Crete is family-with-young-children-friendly? LOL

    July 19, 2017 at 4:48 am
  • Reply Andrea @ The Petite Cook

    What a wonderful holiday you had! I loved everything about your stay, especially the hotel, so gorgeous!!

    July 19, 2017 at 6:58 am
  • Reply Tiffany Yong

    Wow, I love the look of the hotel It looks amazing. Please do keep in contact if you ever visit Singapore! I will definitely email you if I’m ever going to Atlanta to see if you are around that area~

    July 19, 2017 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Elena

    I have never been to Crete even though it is not that far from where I am living. Seeing this photos I might take this place into consideration.

    July 19, 2017 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Kelly

    That hotel looks amazing! You’ve got great travel style, too!

    July 19, 2017 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Suruchi

    You are beautiful and your room is luxurious. I loved your pictures and the food too looks tempting.

    July 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Talk about dreamy hotel plus food to boot!! So nice!

    July 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

    Another place I want to travel to now! It looks so nice there.

    July 19, 2017 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Candace

    I keep adding more places to my “To Travel” list. Your photos looks amazing. And the food looks delicious!

    July 19, 2017 at 10:16 pm
    • Reply kuwc2016

      Candace, I am ALWAYS adding to my ‘Places to Visit’ list! It’s always so fun seeing where others have gone and what they did while there!

      July 19, 2017 at 10:52 pm
  • Reply Tiara Wilson

    Do you want to just adopt me? I would love to be traveling with you. All of the trips you take are simply amazing and beautiful. I am such a big cultural person and foodie, I would love to be trying these new foods and seeing all these beautiful cities.

    July 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm
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