I remember when I was a child going on holiday was a real experience, flying was exciting and pleasurable and the destination was culturally different to home. Mass tourism and globalisation however has meant that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a resort untouched by the mass invasion which is only a short hop and jump from home.
So the headache of trying to find a suitable, close destination for a quick break began. Together with the challenge of having three family members with three different requirements. The first, big man, was the facility to continue training for a forthcoming 170 mile bike ride, little man’s requirement was plenty of pool time, my requirement was some luxury, no housework, plenty of shade and a small town near by so I could sneak off and practise my photography.
After much deliberation and nights of surfing, I found a small fishing resort on the north east side of Crete, Plaka, and what a find it was…..
From the minute we rolled out of the taxi the relaxation began……
The most inviting bed was waiting to greet us……….first box ticked!
It was about six minutes flat before the little man changed and tested his pool, yes, in the dark…….second box ticked!
And the big man managed to secure a bike…………last box ticked!
After the early morning bike ride…..lazy mornings were spent around the pool……
Long lunches were had under the Carob Tree in the beautiful Plaka……..
Followed by a stroll around the quaint village…..
Followed by swimming and chilling on the beautiful beach, with cuddles from the little man!
Early evenings were spent in the neighbouring harbour, Elounda……
Where every table had the most amazing view…..
Locals could be found enjoying the last of the days sun, father and daughter waterskiing on the calm bay and fisherman heading out to sea…….
We of course squeezed in the obligatory sightseeing trip to Spinalonga, a island which used to be many things, fortress and up until 1957 a leper colony. Having read the book “The island” whilst overlooking Spinalonga during the first part of the week it was a very thought provoking visit.
Before being snapped back to modern living whilst taking the exhilarating speed boat taxi to lunch…..
From the minute we arrived to the minute we left we could not fail to be overwhelmed by the warmth and friendliness we received from the beautiful people of Plaka and Elounda.
Stunned by the colourful flowers……..
Relieved to see original architecture……
And a huge thanks to the staff at the fabulous Blue Palace Resort for a truly special and pampered week….your customer service was impeccable!
So here’s to a big big “Yammas!” to the lovely people of Plaka, thank you for the most amazing week with you! It was a blast!