Thursday, June 3, 2010

A weekend in paradise - Crete, Greece

Our beautiful hotel, the Amirandes

The amazing outdoor pool!

Beautiful lagoons filled the interior of the propertyMark enjoying the view

Enjoying our spot on the beach!

No words can describe this sight

We were lucky enough to have two holiday weekends in May! I took my mom to the airport very early in the morning on Friday the 21st and Mark and I went back later that morning to catch our flight to Crete! We had a layover in Athens and finally arrived in the early evening at our beautiful hotel, The Amirandes, located approximately 15 minutes from the capital city of Heraklion. The Amirandes provided us a beautiful location for a relaxing island weekend!

There were some strong ocean winds on Friday night and most of Saturday so it was a bit chilly upon our arrival! However, we managed to get in some beach time on Saturday afternoon before dinner. We had a great lobster dinner our first night at the resort's Mediterranean restaurant, Lago di Candia. Saturday morning, Mark worked out in the gym and I swam in the spa's in-door heated pool. :) We ate lunch by the awesome outdoor pool and then made our way to the lounge chairs on the beach to catch some rays! Just laying by the ocean and listening to the waves was fantastic...the sounds and salty air smells brought back memories of San Diego and a little bit of home was re-discovered. We had Asian cuisine at the resort's Blue Monkey restaurant on Saturday night! Both nights we were treated to an out-of-this-world sunset to end the evening.

Sunday we continued our theme of relaxing with another lunch by the pool and afternoon by the beach!! We even took a dip in the ocean, which was nice once I got over the immediate chill factor! We enjoyed our last breakfast outside on Monday morning and breathed in the delicious ocean air one last time before heading back to the airport for our flight home. It was great to have some time away on-island before going home to welcome our next set of visitors.

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