Not all our little adventures are so rewarding. Sure, I may share some great photos of the kids amongst architecture, art, history, locations that are amazing. But that doesn't mean there wasn't whining, complaining, long days of walking, etc, that make those moments a bit less than memorable.
But not with this trip. This trip was sort of like going to Destin, FL back when we lived in Dallas. An easy, lovely, fun, rewarding trip, with some added history and a bit more adventure!
Balos is an amazing beach on the north westernmost spot of Chania Crete. It is accessed through a track road or by tour boat from Kissamos. http://www.greeka.com/crete/chania/chania-beaches.htm
Day 2: Elafonisi Beach
Elafonisi is a small islet with exotic water. It can be reached by boat from Paleochora as the road leading there is track and difficult. http://www.greeka.com/crete/chania/chania-beaches.htm
Our stops included:
1. A cave. It was dedicated to Athena; God of Wisdom.
2. A cute little town for lunch.
3. A montessori at the top of a cliff just overlooking the water
4. And finally Elafonisi.
This ended up being such a full day. We really had a great time on the beach as a family this time round. Maybe because we mostly stuck together. It was another amazing day and another adventure for sure!
The pictures are a bit out of order, but I think you'll be able to figure it all out!
Falassarna & A.J.'s 17th Birthday
Falassarna is a lovely tourist resort with an extended, sandy beach. The area is filled with olive groves and other vegetation. Falassarna stands on the north western spot of Crete, pretty far from Chania Town. http://www.greeka.com/crete/chania/chania-beaches.htm
We park and walk down to this gorgeous beach. We set up camp and relax. I'm thinking this day is going to be the calmest. Well, it was for me and the little boys. But it was A.J.'s birthday, and he was up for an adventure. And from the stories they all tell, they sure got one! There were reefs along the edges of this beach. Jason took AJ and the girls to go explore. They were gone the entire day. They found cliffs to jump. Unfortunately the journalist in the family wasn't there, so we have no photo evidence of this alleged day of cliff jumping. But AJ did come back with a knee that was pretty battered and bloody, so maybe there's some truth to their story.
So once again, an adventure was had.
By the end of day three we're feeling like, we saw, we came, we conquered! It was just such great fun!
Chania, Kania, or Hania. The Veneitian City
Instead of going to church, we put on our Sunday best and in our hotel before we checked out we had a devotional and testimony meeting as a family. It was a great opportunity for us to recognize and share some of our blessings, in particular the ones we get from being members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
After that, we packed up and headed to the main city before our flight home. It was a lovely day and it was so cool when you got lost in some of the little streets and shops. But it was clear to us then and there that our family is just not a go and see family. We are a go and DO family. We will just have to be sure to plan our next trips in such a way that we can explore and see while doing.
Next stop then: the Louvre on skateboards, bikes, scooters, and while paint-balling.
Our next big trip we have planned includes Utah and Texas!!!!
See y'all soon.