25 – 27 June
From Corfu we took a flight to Athens, which gave us a 2.5 hour window to catch our ferry to Crete. Unfortunately our flight was delayed so we were stressing out a bit. Once we finally made it to Athens we had a little over an hour and a half to get there and the bus we had planned on taking was an hour and 20 minute journey! So we had no choice but to join the huge taxi queue and hope like heck we made it in time. Our driver was really great and tried to make us feel relaxed, but we both knew it was a lost cause until we got to the ferry terminal (which is 49 kms away, in case you were wondering!). 30 minutes and 55 Euros later, we could breathe again.
This trip, we had splashed out and ordered a private room, which was very much-needed by this stage! It was great having our own space and being able to sleep well during the night. We arrived in Chania at 6am, where we boarded a bus to the ‘old town’. Of course, nothing was really open this early in the morning so we had breakfast by the harbour and watched the town wake up.
Chania is full of stray dogs, and this one in particular captured our attention. It was fascinating watching them run amok on the streets – they all seemed to know each other and the locals weren’t bothered by them at all.
We spent the morning lounging at a local beach, then had lunch and wandered around the beautiful old town. It was so incredibly hot that we didn’t last long and found that another dip in the ocean was required.
Wandering or shopping was much more bearable at night, and for this reason most of the shops in the old town are open really late. We spoke with one owner who said that once the tourist season really kicks in, they often stay open until 2 or 3 in the morning! The days are too hot for most tourists, who prefer to dine out and wander about once the sun has gone down.
Chania’s old town is so quaint and pretty, with cobbled alleys, horse-drawn carriages and the Venetian harbour and lighthouse as its centre-point. As per usual, my only complaint is that we didn’t spend enough time here!
Next Stop: Heraklion, Crete