All Crete to me

After a week on the beautiful isle of Crete, I’ve revised the expression ‘It’s all Greek to me’ to mean something completely different. And I simply must share a few of the things that are all Crete to me.

One of the things I love about living in Europe is how close you are to so many amazing destinations. Crete was a bit far for Easyjet: it’s fine for a quick hop but the seats aren’t all that comfortable for a flight of almost 3 hours. But the low-cost airfares make this an affordable destination for French travelers.

There are just so many things to love about Crete. Here are my favorites:

IMG_2426The weather.  We were worried that mid-October might be a bit late for the beach. We need not have feared. It was mostly in the mid-20s, although there were a few clouds and windy days with cooler temps. That did not keep me out of the water. I love the salt water of the sea, and there were waves enough for a bit of body surfing.

I am fair skinned and usually have difficulty staying put in the sun. But as the sun was weaker at this time of year, I was able to stick it out and have actually got a nice tan on my legs. Too bad it’s just in time to cover them up for winter back home!


IMG_2507The beaches. The sand on Crete is like brown sugar, and there is very little else underfoot. You can walk out a long way in the crystal clear water before it gets deep.






IMG_2456Under the changing skies, the sea has more shades of cerulean than I ever imagined. The crashing of waves and cooling sea breezes were wonderfully relaxing.

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The food. This is Cretan health food: Feta that fêtes the sheep, tomatoes so ripe they taste like sauce off the vine. Ubiquitous olives and honey and thyme.




Yummy yoghurt thick as whipped cream.





Pastries of fine phyllo filled with spinach and cheese.






The drinks. Some very nice wines: Crisp whites, round rosés and reds of surprising depth. And damn good beer – Mythos – for me, the only drink on the beach.






The fauna. Everywhere, cats. Feral, feline and offering hours of free entertainment. And kri-kri, the little mountain goats that give us such beautiful goat’s cheese.





The fishing. Harbors filled with fishing boats of every color. Who bring back the wonders of the sea.

Tiny fish in a marinade. Savoury sardines. Fresh sea bass. Squid and calamari…






The Flora. Surprising in its colour and variety. Red earth and porous rock. Forests of tamaris trees. Dried golden stems and deep purple petals, sage green and yellow stars.





I returned from Crete restored and replenished, feeling like this plante grasse (succulent) that grows wild on Crete – plump little green stems all rosy on the tips.


Have you ever been to the Greek islands? Do you have a favorite holiday spot?


  1. cheergerm · October 28, 2014

    I now have some severe holiday envy, how gorgeous! The food shots have made me hungry. We are off for two weeks camping (after Chrissy) in a spot on the NSW coast called South West Rocks. Glorious beaches, a fab wee town and lots of unspoilt nature. Can’t wait.

    • MELewis · October 28, 2014

      Now that I’ve been back to cool temp’s and pre-winter gloom in our part of France for a few days – I’d give anything to go back to my beach. How nice to have a holiday in the sun to look forward to after Christmas….it will be my turn to envy you in January!

  2. Mélanie · October 28, 2014

    @”One of the things I love about living in Europe is how close you are to so many amazing destinations.” – yes, indeed… all our North-American friends “envy” us… 🙂
    * * *
    never been to Crete or any Greek islands: we’ll visit them after we retire…”proximité oblige!” 🙂 we love black olives & feta cheese, both sheep and goat! total yummy… 😉

    • MELewis · October 28, 2014

      Sounds like a plan, Mélanie! Hope retirement isn’t too far off – you want to get there and enjoy!

  3. Osyth · October 28, 2014

    Oh wow! Photos that make me almost faint with desire … love Greece (mainland and her islands …) – the landscapes (stet), the food, the people – pretty damn perfect 🙂

    • MELewis · October 28, 2014

      I only know Crete, but if it’s any indication, I’m sure I’d love the mainland. And many other islands I’d love to explore. So many places, so little time (and money!).

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