Crete in 5 days (Chapter III)

Since we came back from Crete we cannot stop thinking about its food, its people, its landscape, our new friends “the goats”, its exotics beaches…

Elafonisi

Finally we found a crystalline water beach!!.

Elafonisi is located in the south-east of the island and we really recommend you to spend one day enjoying this amazing place.

An odd thing about this beach is its sand. If you look at it you will realize that it has a rosy color (although we did our best it is difficult to appreciate it in the picture). Do not miss the chance to enjoy this unique place!

Stavromenos

 

Stavromenos is a touristic place full of apartments and semi-rocky beaches where to enjoy the view and some typical local food.

Here we enjoyed a couple of days. We were just relaxed, we swam in the mediterranean sea and we tried all the regional food and wine that our stomach could assimilate.

Where to eat?

Taverna Eleven is a nice and familiar restaurant located at the beach.

Its menu is narrower as those that you can find in other restaurants because they use local products and fresh fish of the day. We recommend you to try the local wine the serve, tasty! and to enjoy the sunset while having dinner on the terrace.

Heraklion

To finish our trip (and because our flight had some hours delay) we decided to visit Heraklion, a city built 2500 years ago and used as a port city then.

In Heraklion we could find ancient monuments like the Morosini fountain (year 1720) and the actual city hall (date from that time) in the middle of modern streets full of fashion stores.

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After those 5 days we fell in love with his island. We recommend you to discover and to enjoy it! If you want more tips about Crete contact us!! We are really happy to give you some tips!

If you want to know where to sleep in Crete check our facebook, more ideas coming soon! Stay tuned!

 

See you soon Crete!

 

*Check my other posts related to this trip to find out more amazing spots: Crete in 5 days (Part I) & Crete in 5 days (Part II) (Press on the name to discover more)

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Hamburg

Last weekend we drove a car direction north and we ended up in Hamburg, a city where antique and modernity coexist.

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Hafencity

It is the modern part of the city, here the visitor can find some warehouses reconverted in apartments and office buildings close to modern constructions, all of them connected by bridges. In front of the port it is easy to find some of the most well known companies of the world: Unilever, Der Spiegel…. Furthermore, there are some nice cafeterias and restaurants. As a curiosity, in this area it is located the Hamburg philharmonic, a modern construction which building costs where much more higher than the initial budget.

 

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Rathaus

This rebuilt building from 1897 is located in Altstadt in front of the Marktplatz and the stock market looking at the dock and the memorial of the World War I.

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Portugiesenviertel

It is a small neighborhood full of Portuguese (and some Spanish) restaurants and stores. This are area of the city was inhabited by portuguese fishermen many years ago, therefore we could enjoy traditional portuguese food and fresh fishes.

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St.Pauli y Reeperbahn

After a short walk starting in the Portugieseviertel we arrived to the most known district of the city: St.Pauli. Once there the visitor feels like in a different city.

During the day this neighborhood is full of alternative and open minded people, where it is possible to find different types of street art in the facade of the buildings. However, during the night this district becomes into an illuminated area full of lights coming from the different discos, sex shops and pubs. Moreover, there is a street similar to the red light district in Amsterdam (sadly I was not allow to enter and visit it because I am a girl).

I am sure that most of you have heard about this district for different reasons. On the one hand, St.Pauli is really known due to its football team, whose fans declare themselves anti-fascists and anti-racists. On the other hand, in Reeperbahn is located the “Indra” pub, where the Beatles played and recorded the demo which got the attention of their first producer in the 60´s.

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Altona

At the end of St.Pauli we can find this residential area full of stores and cafeterias, where it is nice to drink a regional beer as well as to eat some traditional sweets of Hamburg.

 

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Fischmarkt

Finally a plan not advisable for non morning people: the Fischmarkt. It is recommendable to go there early in the morning to try fresh fish. It is only opened from 5am to 10 am. However, there is another alternative for non morning people: to walk along the dock until the Hafencity and to try some fish & chips or some fresh fish sandwiches while watching the different ships berthed in the port.

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Bremen

And to finish off a nice weekend there is nothing better than coming back to the charming city of Bremen, to get lost among its streets and to end up eating Waffles in a cute cafeteria located in the old district of Schnoor

 

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                   “I was born in Liverpool but raised in Hamburg.”- John Lennon

Iceland trip

 

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I would like to write a post explaining how amazing and wonderful Iceland is, however, there are so many dramatic things in this island that I cannot summarize all of them.

Iceland is a magical and colorful country full of contrasts.

 

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There is no picture or photo which can show the real beauty of this place and all the emotions we experienced visiting it.

If you are planning to visit Iceland, I highly recommend you to rent a car to drive all around the island discovering its beautiful villages, its dramatics landscapes and its unique black sand beaches.

 

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Its food is so tasty!!!… We discovered flavors and textures we had never eaten before. Ready to try shark?

 

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Iceland citizens are amazingly nice with foreigners.

 

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All around the country it is possible to find “hot springs”, where people can enjoy the warm blue water (water temperature between 37 and 39 degrees) while enjoying its therapeutic benefits. Do not forget to bring your swimsuit 🙂

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Iceland should be enjoyed, lived, discovered, travelled… It is difficult to explain its immensity with words.
If it is possible for you to go there at least once in your life do not doubt and… GO!

Rent a car, get lost in remote places, drink fresh water coming directly from the glaciers, climb a volcano…

Enjoy every corner of the island.

 

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It is a big world out there, it would be a shame not to experience it  –  Jo Andrews