I'm back from a summer break in Greece, and it was undoubtedly beautiful. I've got much to share, and would like to shed light on places that get less attention, and deserve more appreciation.
We visited several cities, driving from the countryside to the city and then making my way over to the islands that are so famous for their sunsets. While most of you know of, and have seen plenty of photos of, and/or already visited Santorini, there's another island that holds much history and beauty: the island of Crete.
Upon arriving by ferry to this quietly calm, lush, destination, you feel immediately transformed by the serenity of the island. Surrounded by clear blue waters, you will not find the signature blue and white architecture of Santorini, rather a natural abundance of vegetation: greens, purples, and pinks lining mountainsides and ancient stone structures.
We stayed mostly in the port area of Chania, but several other stops are worth a visit. Day trips to the beach of Elafonisi (which I will share later), or neighboring Rethymno are easily done. Above is a photo from a castle I visited where much of the old Venetian influence can be seen. Venetian influence also remains in the many Italian restaurants you pass by, scattered amongst the Greek family businesses.
For travel, I love a one-piece, which includes packing a few rompers because they're such an easy, effortless look. I paired this gold one from Sabo Skirt with sandals I got from Asos -- which surprisingly turned out to be super comfortable. The best pleasant surprise for a shopaholic like myself. And how cute are they?! I've officially given into the pom-pom adornment trend of the summer. I've linked the sandals below along with several others to replicate this look. Oh, and everything I've listed is $60 or less.