If I had to choose my favourite spot in Greece, it might be Crete. There is so much to see. I loved the laid back vibe of Matala and felt I was closer to my Shirley Valentine moment here.
The giant bean in tomato sauce stew was one of my favourites and I have made it at home. But I need either better ingredients or a good Greek chef to make it taste just right.

Turning my world upside down!

heraklionI’m sitting on the beach in Matala as I write this. Leon has gone over to the store to buy a snorkel and mask. The clear turquoise waters are hard to resist. The water is warm by the way, maybe 28c? We’ve been in Crete for 4 days. 

Our first night was spent in the capital of Heraklion. We arrived by ferry from Santorini that evening and picked up our rental car. Once at the hotel, the receptionist checked us in and recommended a great restaurant with traditional food and reasonable prices. We sat outside and feasted on lamb, Greek salad, dolmadakia and stuffed peppers. After we asked for the bill, the waiter brought us a small carafe of raki, some fruit and cakes. I felt bad leaving that nice offering behind, so not wanting to be rude, I helped Leon finish off the raki. Truth be told, I…

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