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Day 14 – Saying Goodbye to Crete, what’s next? Skopelos?

I’ve had a great time during the two weeks we spent in Agia Marina, Crete. It’s a nearly week that we are back now, and time has flown. I haven’t had a chance to write my last reflections,just the usual blogging, but here it goes.
My first ever package holiday… will I do it again?
Yes probably, but not sure if I’ll do the whole Sungarden experience next year. I have watched Mamma Mia so much these past few weeks and I guess I would prefer Skopelos instead of Crete. Skopelos have lots of lovely hotels, many seem to be family-run establishments. The beaches are smaller, the island is smaller and greener. I think that Pixie will be well up for a trip back t Greece, she loved the atmospehere and the cliamte, but I think Skopelos or Skiathos are more ”our kind of thing”.
Package Holiday, was I happy with the set-up and service?

Yes, overall it was very good. It was quite reassuring to have Swedish speaking staff at the hotel. The Ving reps were fantastic and they really took their time to help us with our problems that came up and seemed very happy to get to know us. The travel arragements were very good, flight and welcome. It would have been nice to travel at a different time of the day, a little earlier. The only criticism I have are the bus drivers that took us to and from the hotel from their aiport. They drove too fast, unsafe and made those two journies very uncomfortable. Pixie who gets car sick very easily threw up on the way to the hotel on arrival. It was not very pleasant for her.

Overall mark out of 10

I give this trip 8/10. The Sungarden Stefan Village Hotel is very well maintained, the whole area is cleaned every morning, the garden is full of fine trees and shrubs and flowers everywhere. The Ving Reps (especially Sandra and Conrad) were absolutely brilliant. My little girl loved the mini disco and wanted to take part every time. The playground was great, clean and nice, very child friendly.

The pool area is well nice and we spent a few days there but I would recommend that you go down to the beach, just wonderful. We ended up at Mamma Mia, which was recommended by Ving and it was super. Nice beach, good food and nice playground for children.
If I were to go there again, I would take with me some things, not having to spend unnecessary money. (Coffee filters (large), dish brush, washcloth, potato peeler, a little seasoning, salt and pepper). We cooked some food at home in the apartment, and the kitchen wasn’t very well equipped. There is no formula to buy so I would recommend that you bring that with you.

We didn’t do any sightseeing in the surrounding area, but there were things to see in Chania, Agia Marina is nothing special to see. We did not nothing special when it comes to sports / adventure, but our neighbors, a mother and teenage girl did a lot, riding on the beach, rented bikes, rode on the tour and they were very pleased with what they did.

Shopping was not that good, mostly tourist shops but a lot of junk, fake designer handbags, fake designer scarves, T-shirts and stuff. But if that’s what you like …. However, I found a couple of nice shops with traditional handicrafts and bought a very fine hand-woven bedspreads to my daughter bed.


I can’t comment on the nightlife, for us it consisted of the many family restaurants and the clown show at Stefan Village and the Mini Disco, they were the highlights.

Finally, we would recommend this hotel, very pleasant and nice, superb staff and nice rooms. But Agia Marina was not very exciting, no fun shopping, no pleasant promenade. the balance is all good, kid-friendly and nice restaurants, especially Mamma Mia and Nymfi.

Day 13 – Soon off home…


from last Friday….

The past two weeks have been great. We’ve enjoyed ourselves immensly in Greece and the Sungarden Ving resort has been excellent. I never thought that I’d enjoy a package holiday but things have been a lot more easygoing than I expected.


Sure the resort was a world of its own but it was our sanctuary away from the beach and the strip down town, away from tourist shops and the sometimes very busy areas of Agia Marina. Stefan Village was a great hotel, just our taste. Immaculately finished gardens, lovely well-equipped rooms, superb staff and Ving reps, several pools to choose between and a quite good restaurant.


Agia Marina may not be the destination next year but I am definitely going back to Greece. I am already planning my next holiday. (how sad am I?)

Day 12 – shopping in Platanias

Platanias is the village next to Agia Marina. This, smaller but well developed tourist destination has lots of bars, restaurants, hotels and the usual touristy shopping on offer. But here and there it’s also possible to find a shop that sells more traditional craft items.  

I found this hand woven bed spread for €36 but managed to haggle it down to €33. The lovely lady who runs the shop fell in love with Pixie, and she left with an extra present. A Greek style fridge magnet.

Both mother and daughter were delighted!

Day 12 – Did I manage the look?

In preparations for my holidays I did up an inspiration chart, see below. I wanted a very special look for this holiday and had imagined spending days wearing clothes like this. I just love the blues and the casual, an Abercrombie & Fitch meets The Hamptons look.


I found my new bikini top at The Stadium in Stockholm, a reasonably priced sports wear shp where they let you buy bikini-tops and bottoms separate. This suits me as I am the typical pear-shape women, take size 40 below and 36 on top.


My kaftan (the one I am wearing on the picture below) is a purchase I did a few years ago at Topshop, think I may have spent €60-€80 can’t remember right now. It goes well with my Abercrombie and Fitch denim shorts, my trilby from H&M and flipflops from GAP.

Day 11 – Sand Castles and Pixie learns how to swim with her tube…

A day on the beach can be oh so fabulous. We have had so much fun today, building sand castles and learning how to swim. I was a little doubtful when Mark said he would teach Pixie how to swim this summer but I must admit he is making progress.

Here she is with her new Hello Kitty tube, splashing away. She has learned how to get herself forward, spin around and she can jump into the tube as well.


We’ve built several samd castles over the past few days and she is enjoying every moment. ”You, me and daddy should build” she says. Here she is in her lovely bathing suit from H&M, a favourite.

Day 9 – Mini Disco Dance!


One thing that’s great about staying at a resort is the activities for the kids. (I never thought I would say this).

Every second night or so, they have Mini Disco for the children and the resort staff Conrad and Sandra really get with it. Pixie has really taken to this ritual and asks every day, “Mini Disco tonight?”. She insists on wearing her big balllerina skirt under her dress so that she can twirl. She loves it!

Thank you Conrad and Sandra for your commitment and energy and for the love that you bring, every day! You guys are amazing!

 

 

Day 8 – Happy Anniversary!

Exactly 7 years ago Me and Mark got married in St. James’s Church at Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. You’d think that I would be the one remembering this date, 3rd July, but NO NO.

Today I received a text message from my mum, “Happy Anniversary to you both!” I didn’t pass on the greeting immediately. Instead I booked a table at Restaurant Nymfi, close to the hotel, and brought along Mark and Pixie.

As we arrived at the restaurant we were greeted, “Happy Anniversary, Welome!”

- Shit” said Mark.

- “Hi hi” said I.

The had laid the table beautifully, decorated it with flowers and a candle. We had a lovely dinner, Giouvetsi and Biram, a gorgeous white wine and some Baklava with a glass of Raki to finish it all off.

 

Pixie had fish fingers and mashed potatoes. Safe to say she was delighted, she finished the whole plate.

 

Day 7 – Our dear friend Emma!


Our friend Emma left today. For the past week she has been here at Stefan Village with her mum and aunt. For the past three days she has played with Pixie every day and Pixie follows her wherever she goes, like a little puppy.

Thank you Emma for taking care of our little Pixie so well. We have a present for you and we’ll see you in Stockholm! ¨

xxx

Day 7 – Mamma Mia!

As a way of keeping things semi-normal I decided to bring my laptop (and also to be able to do some work). I brought along a selection a DVDs, Peppa Pig, Dora the Explorer, Tinker Bell and Princess Lillifee. For myself I brought along two films that I enjoy, the latest Sex & the City movie and Mamma Mia.

For the past week we have had to watch Mamma Mia at least once a day. Pixie has even learned some of the lines, “we danced on the beach, we kissed on the beach and dot dot dot”. She also now knows the lyrics to most of the songs, her favourite being “I can still recall, our last summer, I still see it all”.

As I may have mentioned we frequent a beach hangout here in Agia Marina called Mamma Mia. The other day as we arrived, (I had just explained to Pixie that the place was called Mamma Mia), she started looking around.

-I can’t see her mummy” says Pixie

-“What do you mean?”I respond.

-“I can’t see her, mamma mia, the princess.”

I then realised Pixie expected to see Sophie from the movie. Pixie calls her the princess, as she thinks she looks like a princess. Bless her, I thought she was so funny!

Day 5 – a great time…