I know this is probably a general feeling everyone has, but I’m having the hardest time getting back to my usual routine after going on vacation. I came back to Barcelona last week from Greece and I’m missing it so much! I’m really sorry it’s taken me so long to update, I’ve been crazy busy these past few days and I couldn’t find a spare minute to post my travel pictures until now.
It’s kind of a bittersweet feeling to look back at these fantastic moments, and although I’m really happy to be back in the city –I’m a concrete animal- I can’t help but miss the crystalline beaches, the total disconnection and yes, the feta cheese. Anyways, I’m dividing the pictures into two posts, since I feel there was a before and after of my trip and here’s the reason why:
Our dear friend Elli was getting married in Crete, but that wasn’t far away enough for the bride and groom. As athletic and adventurous as they are, they decided to get married in the remote location of Agia Roumeli, a charming, tiny town only accessible by either walking almost 17 km from the top of a mountain or taking a ferry. I, obviously, wanted to take the ferry, but Andrés gave me the puppy eyes and I finally gave in and ended up walking for 7 hours, downhill, through a place with a horrifying name, as if walking for 7 hours wasn’t bad enough: Samaria’s Gorge.
I have to say that regardless of the pain I was feeling the day after (and the day after that, and the day after the day after that) I don’t regret it. It’s one of the most beautiful, breath-taking places I’ve ever seen. I would do it again and again and again and I recommend it to everyone who’s planning on visiting Crete, you will not be disappointed.
The pictures I’m showing you do not represent one bit what the place is actually like, for many reasons. Firstly, I couldn’t really walk and hold the camera at the same time since the road was very rocky and I had to have my hands free in case I fell down (which happened about 467 times) so getting it out all the time was a bit fussy, and secondly, the lens I brought was completely improper for landscapes and scenery. If you want to read a bit more about the Gorge, just click here.
The first set of pictures are from a little trip we took to the Nostos Winery in Chania. We had a taste of 6 different varieties of their wine and then had a traditional Cretan feast. Wow. No words. Delicious wine, delicious food and amazing people, we even brought home 2 bottles even though we were only carrying two small pieces of luggage… Shame on me! If you’re heading to Crete, this is a perfect, romantic plan and I absolutely recommend it! After indulging in scrumptious Greek food, we had a good night’s rest and at 5 a.m. we were headed to the very top of the mountain, where our little trip downhill began…
I really do hope you like the pictures and I’ll come back later with our second part of the trip: shorelines, coastlines and beaches.
This was the most well deserved beer I’ve ever had. The taste of glory.
All pictures property of Paula Maso.