Sunday, 24 July 2016

Crete Part 2 and a blessing in disguise

Our hotel, the Elounda Village looked a bit like a concrete fortress from the front but had fantastic views of the surrounding area and hidden away behind all the brickwork was a lovely oasis of apartment style accommodation which were scattered over quite a large area. 

Once through the reception area (above) you were greeted with a much better view

This was more like our first sight because we arrived at night.

There were three restaurants and a pool bar, below was the main buffet style restaurant which was open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  No complaints on the food, there was always plenty of choice.  All inclusive can get a bit boring, same food, same restaurant it can feel a bit like eating in a canteen, but this wasn't like that at all.

Our room with a hammock.
I did venture to lie on the hammock, with Mark assisting to make sure i didn't make a complete fool of myself - getting out of it was a different matter and i ended up on the floor!
Won't be doing that again in a hurry lol

There were trees all around the grounds with what looked like broad beans growing on them, we found out that they were carob trees.  wee picked one and it really did smell like chocolate :-)

Out side the main bar and entertainment area

Do you see Mark managed to get in on the photo again!

 A lovely view of the sea between apartments

 Another of the restaurants, this is where they held themed nights.
We went to the Greek night here and i have to say that it was one of the best I have ever been to

The infinity pool

 And the beach area

Elounda town was a 45 minute walk away from the hotel, not too bad, but the hill to climb before you got to the main road and the heat it was a killer of a walk.
We walked it once and got a taxi there when ever we went again.

I took this photo at the sunniest part of the day i think but i like how it came out with a vintage feel to it

The town is not too big, it's a fishing village so lots of boats, as you would expect, but also plenty of choice for eating out.

We went to Agios Nikolaos, about 10-15 minutes away by taxi.
The town was much larger with more shops but a bit too busy for my liking, still, it was nice for a day out and a change.

There was a market on when we went, i love looking at all the different things, and the fruit and veg always looks so much nicer, and bigger than at home.

There were some pretty sights between the streets.
The steps lead up to the next street level.

It's been a bit like summer at home in the UK the last couple weeks as the weather has been particularly kind to us.  I've had doors and windows flung open to let the breeze blow through but the blinds and curtains have been closed to keep the sun out and the rooms cooler. 
We have to make the most of it i suppose because being England you just know it's not going to last.

Changing the subject from holidays, Joanne, my middle daughter was made redundant last Monday.  The head of HR visited her shop and gave her the news, she was completely shocked, there was no warning at all she had to get her things together and leave there and then (due to the nature of the work) and was told not to talk to anyone within the company about it.
She has worked for them for about 8 years, straight out of university.
They have given her a really good redundancy package, above what she was entitled too, which is good.  On the plus side, she went for two interviews this past week and low and behold got offered BOTH jobs!!!
She accepted the second one and starts tomorrow. 
 I'm so pleased because her redundancy money has given their home savings account a real boost, so it really was a blessing in disguise.

Thank you for the lovely comments on my last post, i hope you have enjoyed these photos too.



Vickie said...

Yes! I loved this post as well. :D The market looks fab! So do the pools.

butterfly said...

Lovely holiday photos , looks hot there.

Jo said...

It looks fabulous, what a great view from the hotel. The pools are fascinating, on different levels and some very narrow, that infinity pool is something else though. I like visiting markets too, they always seem more appealing in other countries somehow, they know how to do them well. I'm so sorry to hear about Joanne's job, that must have been a real shock, but as you say, if things work out right, as they seem to have done in this instance, the payout can be great. Wishing her well in her new job.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Lovely pictures again, Maggie.
I'm pleased that your daughter was able to find work again so quickly. With her redundancy package, I agree with you that it sounds as if it was a blessing in disguise.

Maggee said...

Another great vacation blog post! What beautiful pictures you have there! I just love infinity pools... very cool. Glad your daughter managed to get a new job so quickly, and that the redundancy package was a helpful boost to savings! That's perfect!

Purple Pixie Dust said...

I too am glad for your daughter, that sucks when they walk in and say your done without any notice. That's just plain rude. Glad she has some money and a new job.

I love the pictures, so white and to look at different places that I know I will never see. Glad you had a good vacation. big hugs Lynda Ruth

Barb said...

I enjoyed this post too. What a beautiful part of the world. The place you stayed is lovely. Good news about your daughter.

Carol said...

Great photos, Maggie! That infinity pool looks so enticing and I'm not usually one to enjoy swwimming :)

I'm so glad your daughter found a new (and better!) job so quickly...

Mylittlepieceofengland said...

What a lovely place, it looks beautiful, how I would love a dip in that pool xx

Tina said...

Lovely pictures,the infinity pool looks very inviting. Sounds just like me in a hammock,not a pretty sight when i had to get out too.The hotel looks lovely,will have to put it on my list.Good news about your daughters new job. Xx

Crazee4books said...

Hi Maggie,

I'm glad to hear that the "blessing in disguise" for your daughter
Joanne worked out the way it did. Being shown the door after
years of dedicated service is a shock and very stressful but
thankfully Joanne was able to find work really quickly and I'm
so happy to hear that the severance package will help towards
the home savings.

Regarding your pictures of Crete. Imagine me sitting here with
my eyes popping out of my head and my mouth hanging open!!!


Just .... WOW!!!!

Thanks for sharing ... and I mean that with very little sarcasm
and so very sincerely. Truly.