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What To Do In Chania?

I had to skip a day of writing because I was trying to get over this cold. I'm about 80% right now after a much needed rest day. Good thing we had an extra sea day to get from Civitavecchia to our first stop, Chania. I was kind of mad that my clock didn't reset automatically, so I missed an hour of activity and breakfast due to that.

Just to recap what happened on the ship between Sunday and Monday... not much. Since Priscilla has never been on a cruise before and had to recover from some serious bug bites, we decided to take it easy and just explore the ship in its entirety. It's been a while since we've been on a cruise, but I love going on these. If you ever book a cruise, you gotta go through the entire process to really enjoy it.

Order a nice cocktail, eat five to six meals at the buffet, and take advantage of the spa offers. We never really pamper ourselves while we're at home, so what better way to kick back than this?

From the start of the trip, we decided not to spend money on any guide-assisted tours or excursions. It's not that we were lazy and decided to not wake up early to join a tour group, but we felt that we could cover more ground and see everything that we wanted to in the least amount of time. This way, we could enjoy the island and grab some food & drinks by ourselves while seeing the sights and taking some pictures. Plus, going into museums and listening to an entire lecture on a particular statue wasn't in our best interests.

From the start of the trip, we decided not to spend money on any guide-assisted tours or excursions. It's not that we were lazy and decided to not wake up early to join a tour group, but we felt that we could cover more ground and see everything that we wanted to in the least amount of time. This way, we could enjoy the island and grab some food & drinks by ourselves while seeing the sights and taking some pictures. Plus, going into museums and listening to an entire lecture on a particular statue wasn't in our best interests.

The impression that we got from Chania and Crete was that it had a particular charm to it.

It wasn't a big place, but it had a lot of interesting pockets to discover. You walk down any street or make a turn, you would find something interesting worth taking a look at. Very beautiful for taking pictures. Once you take the local bus into the heart of the Old Town, you're good to go from there.

You can spend about a good 2-3 hours walking around the Old Town. We walked through several shops and ate a lot of greek frozen yogurt in the process. Don't ask why, but we're OBSESSED with greek yogurt. As far as food, we didn't really have much to say since we didn't really come here to eat a heavy meal. As far as landmarks go, we wanted to see the Chania Lighthouse. It's apparently one of the oldest lighthouses in the world and a major attraction in the old port of the city.

It's quite a walk to get to, so we braced ourselves for the expedition. The only thing is that it's not operational. Still, when we got to it and looked around us, we couldn't help but take a million pictures.

Once we got back to Old Town, we boarded the next bus to get back. It was nice to finally walk on land and see some interesting sights, and we had a good amount of things that we crossed off our list while we were here. This stop was a great way to start our excursions. We definitely plan to do a lot more walking in the next place we go to.

After dinner on the ship and the honeymooners gathering, we went to watch The Lego Movie in the theater. Couldn't ask for a better way to end the night. Can't wait for Mykonos tomorrow.