Discovering Crete (part 2)

How time flies ! Last week at this time I was lounging around a pool, and I am now back at work already. This is the recap our second week in Crete, if you missed the first one, you can check out how wonderful the Chania region is. During the second week we went to Rethymnon for less sightseeing and more R&R.

Discovering Crete (Chania)

We decided on an all inclusive resort, because I knew that my 2 teenagers would not survive 2 weeks of sightseeing alone with their parents. Both are very social creatures and crave people, activity and interaction. So we chose a resort about 13 miles east of the city of Rethymnon.


The resort was on the water, with several small inlets of beaches…


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… however, most of the week looked like this :



As I mentioned in my first post, I am not a big beach person, nor am I (usually) a big pool person. I did fully enjoy the forced rest and got to read 4 books, which is probably more than I have read in the past year. Thanks to my cousin Tammi for the recommendations.

However, 7 days of pool is just too much, so we did do a couple half days of sightseeing.

We visited the city of Rethymnon. There is a cute port as well as a huge fort with an amazing view of the city and water.

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This was too funny… you could go out on a pirate ship for a cruise around the bay,  jump off the ship and swim around. Hmmmm…. if my kids had been younger they would have liked to do that. It was too far away to see if people were jumping off a plank or not !


We took half a day to visit a city known for its ceramics, Maragrites. There were about 20 different stores and every single one was different. No copy paste what so ever.

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Several of the stores had the workshop in it. I collect small, handmade pottery bowls so I could have spent hours here.


And finally, we visited a monastery, Moni Arkadiou. It is the symbol of the Cretan resistance during Turkish occupation in the late 1800s.

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This was one of the best vacations that we have ever had. We absolutely loved it and I am sure we will go back.

What do you prefer to do on vacation ? Pool lounging ? Shopping ? Visiting tourist sites ?

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Comments: 14

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy August 16, 2016 at 9:31 pm Reply

    I prefer all of that! But I love to lounge by the pool (because I love to swim). I’ve never been to an all inclusive resort — always wanted to go to one — but they usually seem so pricey.

    All those ceramics look lovely, too! I’m sure I’d find my Greek mug (I wasn’t collecting mugs when we went to Greece). My house might just explode from mugs someday, LOL!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 18, 2016 at 7:54 pm Reply

      I would get bored if it were longer, but the one week all inclusive was great. Something for everyone and to not have to cook or even think about meals ? HUGE benefit.

  2. Karen Bayne August 16, 2016 at 10:26 pm Reply

    I am living vicariously 🙂
    Oh my gosh just so cool. I am not use to the architecture, the shore line, the stone, it is all just so breathtaking.
    I am glad you all loved it. I am not a lounger, a few days is good for me and then I need something to do. I like to go sight see and be active, hiking would have thrilled me.
    I bet it was nice to read like that. It takes me months to get a book done LOL
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 18, 2016 at 7:51 pm Reply

      I couldn’t believe I read 4 books. It felt so great. As did to disconnect from social media… the wifi the second week was awful.

  3. Marcia August 17, 2016 at 1:53 pm Reply

    Looks like the perfect balance of sightseeing and relaxing to me! So glad you had a great time. I too would have been all over that pottery. 😀
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 18, 2016 at 7:49 pm Reply

      It was great. I am having a hard time coming down off my cloud

  4. Chaitali August 17, 2016 at 3:22 pm Reply

    Sounds like a great balance of relaxing and sightseeing! I think my ideal vacation is one on when you can do half a day of sightseeing and half a day of beach/pool lounging every day with some yummy food thrown in 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 18, 2016 at 7:49 pm Reply

      Sounds perfect

  5. Patty August 17, 2016 at 5:49 pm Reply

    Yeah- sign me up for everything on your vacation list. LOL I love to explore, but I love a good resort and chilling with a drink as well.

    • Karen - Fit in France August 18, 2016 at 7:48 pm Reply

      Yes, there were several drinks. Well, wine with dinner everyday 🙂

  6. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner August 18, 2016 at 8:05 pm Reply

    I hope I have the chance to go back to Greece sometime. Mykonos was one of my favorite places ever.
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 19, 2016 at 9:34 am Reply

      I have never been anywhere else in Greece but we will definitely go back

  7. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home August 18, 2016 at 10:20 pm Reply

    Did you bring any pottery home? I love collecting small bowls like that!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 19, 2016 at 9:34 am Reply

      Yes ! I limited myself to 2.

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