Today our group had the option to spend a free day in Heraklion or go to Chania and Fodhele, two towns in Crete. Along with most of our group, we took the optional excursion—and we were all glad that we did. The drive to Chania was along the coast of Crete and was just as beautiful as our coastal drive when we went to Cape Sounion.
Chania has a fascinating history, and the architecture of the city reflected it—there were both Venetian- and Turkish-style buildings side by side. There were also Islamic temples that are now used as churches. Our tour of Chania began in the large market.
The market had merchants selling everything from honey and herbs to gummy candies.
We made our way to the port though the tiny streets of the town. The port was breathtaking, full of blue-green water and lined with colorful buildings and cafes. We ate lunch at a cafe by the port and enjoyed a feast of Greek salad, fried potatoes and pork.
Then it was on to Fodhele, which was the birthplace of the famous painter el Greco. The town is very small but not as small as it once was—our Tour Director Gloria joked that when she went in the past, it was just three old ladies and four goats. Today, Fodhele is a quaint village known for its macrame and woven goods.
During our free time, we browsed the shops, chatted with friendly locals and then stopped at one of the menu cafes for a frappe, a buzzy blended drink made from instant coffee and milk.
Jessie and Jenna are making their way through Greece, from Athens to the islands of the Aegean. Follow along as they blog on tour!