Crete diaries: the last chapter and an extra day on the island

Hey ya! Remember that forever awesome Outkast song released on September 9, 2003? Can you believe it's almost 11 years old?! I was a huge fan back then, by the way. Which, I know, is a completely irrelevant fact so now a few revelations concerning our imminent September vacation because I remember several of you have been curious about our plans.

We will nicely start off with a pampering spa visit by the sea and there are a red wine extract body treatment, a moisturizing facial care and a warm paraffin wax hand treatment in store for both of us. But the rest of our spare week will probably mean going with the flow, mostly doing what we have want to do at home. So a few more weeks and it's vacation time, woo hoo! But I should seriously hold my horses here because the Crete diaries from distant May (!!!) are still waiting for their proper closure...

Emporio Armani sunnies | Nike (kiddies') tee | Lindex belt | thrifted Diesel suspender skirt.

So, May 17 was our official last day, the day we were supposed to leave the beautiful Island of Crete. We knew we will be home soon, already made some instant gardening plans for May 18, nostalgically said goodbye to our sweet seaview suite and the pool. Simply enjoyed our last hour at scenic Sensimar Minos Palace and of course took our last photos there to illustrate all those warm Cretan memories. Just look at the first bunch of idyllic photos to see what kind of paradise we were saying goodbye to.

Emporio Armani sunnies | Nike (kiddies') tee | Fishbone Sister (New Yorker) sweatpants | thrifted Pony sneakers.

Anyway, then (between 2 and 3 p.m., right on time) came the bus to take us to the Heraklion Airport. But then, in the middle of stuffing the big bus with other Estonians from other hotels arrived a sudden announcement that the aircraft which should have taken off from Estonia in order to pick us up from Crete was broken, not moving. Allegedly they were fixing the plane but it was already obvious our flight was postponed until some adequate information appeared.

The initial message declared we were going to leave Crete in the middle of the night instead of the official 6:55 p.m. which is why the travel agent had to arrange our group a temporary place to be. And that place happened to be Marilena Hotel in Amoudara, 11 km from the airport. Our travel agent claimed it was a 4* hotel but there's no way in hell that was true. It more likely was something bearable between 2* and 3*. I mean our room was quite decent: already tired but still decent. And I did like the raspberry red flowery fabric our curtains and furniture were partially made of, if that counts.

But the shady suburb location, non-existent view from our scranny balcony, those smeary vagrant cats behind the windows of the restaurant and in particular their miserable food were all far from decent. Briefly - I didn't like it there and I wanted to go home already... or just back to sweet Minos Palace in Ag Nik. "What a spoilt princess," you may think but when you have lived in true paradise and then someone tells you to settle in weak mediocrity you just have nothing to enjoy there, you only want to leave and never come back.

Besides, when it comes to Marilena's food it was tasteless, mostly drippingly greasy, unattractive. The staff didn't know what they were serving (logical much?), the assortment was narrow and only local Alfa beer tasted great. Although nothing can taste completely great in a dirty restaurant (leftovers and dirty stains on the tablecloth, anyone?). By the way, those numerous vagrant cats loved the restaurant's wieners which tasted slightly rotten to us. Oh and them cats had a real hierarchy going on there: a couple of them were the bosses, a few were the underdogs and the rest - just the regular crowd. It was like their own state of cats in the backyard of Marilena.

Anyhow, we somehow spent the evening/night of May 17 there because as said before, our new departure time was in the middle of the night. Everyone was highly hopeful and ready to finally go home. But then, while we were more or less sleeping arrived another message which ceremonially stated the plane was still broken in Estonia and our new departure time was now unclear. Pretty much everyone was in denial at that moment and through our thin door we heard people still dragging their suitcases and heading downstairs to leave (I think those were the Russians who couldn't read the Estonian messages we got...).

So, during breakfast (or maybe it was already lunch...) on May 18 we finally received some fantastic news from the travel agent who said a replacement plane was found and we will be leaving with that around 6.30 p.m. Our time at Marilena was actually folding up and God we were happy!

But out of nowhere another drama escalated when we had to place ourselves in the buses that were sent to pick us up. Some pointlessly stuck-up Estonian families/fellowships were demanding their own personal bus to be able to all sit together, just like in good old nursery school. Nice, huh? How stupid can a creature be? I could see how everyone else wanted to leave those twerps behind and just go. Would have been fair I think because those arrogant figures were worse than Marilena's food and that's a harsh reference.

Despite all we of course eventually made it to the airport and were now counting on a painless check-in. Which obviously didn't happen: we had to wait and wait and wait before anything check-in-like even started. But all right, at least we were standing at the beginning of the line and got through shortly after the opening of the check-in. We quickly visited the duty free shop, bought some classical bits and pieces and then proceeded to our presumable gate. But it turned out all the tickets had a wrong gate number printed on them so we had to run to another gate.

And then the airport bus took us, already decently tattered Estonians to an aircraft, everyone already started to board and then, oopsie daisy! - it was the wrong plane, going to Spain or something, haha. Anyway, we got back on our buses to drove along and that was it, we finally got to the right plane. Though the first steward on board was a young Italian dude who didn't even speak English and couldn't answer if we were going to Estonia or not. Promising, right? Oh and the airport staff had removed seat numbers from the tickets so noone actually knew where their seats were. Gosh it felt good when we finally took off after all those crazy incidents! I love Crete but being stuck somewhere is not my cup of tea, especially when the next day is a working day and you can't be sure if you're going to make it to your own country in time or not. Have you guys also experienced something like that during your trips and travels? Do share!

Chicnova sweatshirt c/o (link) | thrifted Complement fringe bag | thrifted maxi skirt | Nikos Shoes sandals from Ag Nik, Crete.

When I now look back on everything that happened I'm of course pleased we had an unforgettable vacation, a hundred-percent adventure and a chance to see and experience how incredibly different can hotels, towns, people, even the atmosphere around us be. I'm sure it was not our last time in Crete because every time I go there I have this homelike familiar feeling. I just love it there.

By the way, I have also photographed most of the stuff we purchased in Crete and I'm curious - are you interested in seeing those goodies (a few beauty products + home related bits and pieces)? If yes then I will share everything in a future haul post. Just let me know. But for the time being I hope you enjoyed this mammoth-size story of mine and all the photos too! The ones who took time to actually read it - respect! you're truly awesome! And as always, see you in the next post!


  1. Love that first picture of you! And I love the burgundy sweatpants!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  2. Oh my goodness, the end of your trip really sounds like quite the travel nightmare! I've been lucky never to run into anything this crazy on my holidays although when I was growing up we would frequently get stuck halfway home from winter holidays because of storms, but normally we just had to spend the time in the airport until we could fly to where we were going. I remember one particular time on a school trip when I was desperate to be rid of my roommate and we found we had to stay an extra night halfway home - it was a blow, there's no doubt about it. But I guess all of that craziness just makes us appreciate the wonderful bits of the holiday more!

  3. You look so sweet in the sweatshirt and I love paraffin wax treatments, it's so soothing and soft for the skin. Sounds like some kind of holiday! And, yes, of course, let's see the other goodies, I'm interested and love variety. Can't wait to check it out soon.

  4. Lovely romantic photos of you two! <3 I love your suspender jeans dress! I hope you're feeling better already! Which is your favorite Moomin character?

    E from Helsinki, Finland

    1. thank you very much, Elisabeth! The Snork Maiden was definitely my favourite Moomin back then :)

  5. WOW what an adventure ! I could totally imagine how relieved you were when you finally were in the good plane..
    I only had to wait 10 hours in an Airport once because of a IT issue, it's really nothing compared to you :o
    Love the pictures, and your sweatpants looks sooo comfy !

    Btw, I would love to see the goodies ♥♥

    1. I will definitely share them goodies then! :)

  6. ma kardangi vist naljakal kombel pakettreiside juures kõige rohkem seda, et lennufirmad on tavaliselt minu jaoks kergelt kahtlased ja üldjuhul pigem tundmatud. ja siis nendega justkui juhtub alati mingeid rõvedaid hilinemisi, katkised lennukid ja mis iganes ja siis oled mingi kambaga kuskil kinni. v noh, ma katsun üldse enda jaoks vähetuntud lennufirmasid võimalusel vältida, aga noh, pakettreiside puhul on see keerulisem. kuigi, alati võib paraku juhtuda. mul õnneks nii tüütut juhust olnud ei ole (ptüi-ptüi-ptüi) ja loodan, et ei tule ka... aga rõõmsa poole pealt nii palju, et mulle väga meeldivad need kaks fotot teist Erikuga - kuidagi selline armsalt lapselik rõõm :) ja juudas kui palju kasse ikka igal pool...

    1. ma ei saa tegelikult öelda, et midagi kurba oleks olnud, lihtsalt hea meelega veetnuks selle lisapäeva oma hotellis, teistest eestlastest kaugel :) ja thank god, et igapäevaselt selliseid inimesi nägema ei pea! aga üldjuhul olen ma seda meelt, et kui midagi juhtuma peab, siis see juhtub niikuinii, vahet pole, mis lennufirmat ma kasutan. läheb ikka nii, nagu on ette nähtud. ja tasakaal peab olema. saime me ju elada tunduvalt vingemates oludes kui need, mille eest reaalselt maksnud olime, tasuta lõunad, tasuta spa, basseiniga sviit, erinevad kihvtid hotellid, nende restoranid jne. see lennukijama oligi vajalik tasakaalustamiseks. vähemalt minu peas on asjadel selline seletus/loogika :) ja ma ikka väga igatsen Kreetat juba! väga väga väga.

    2. su vastukommentaar oli nii kaitsva alatooniga, et ma igaks juhuks mainin, et kuigi jah, olles reisipostitusi ehk suurema huviga kui tavaliselt jälginud, ei oleks ma ehk samas olukorras sinu loogikaga täiesti päri, aga sellegipoolest ei mõelnud ma oma imeliku kiiksu mainimisega midagi halvustavat teie otsuse suhtes, vaid pigem vastasin osaliselt su esitatud küsimusele lihtsalt :D

    3. kusjuures ma ise ei planeerinud üldse midagi kaitsvat kirjutada. isegi ei tulnud mõttesse selline asi, kuna ei tunnetanud mingit "rünnakut", haha, nii-et naljakas, et sulle nii tundus :D lihtsalt ma usun üleüldiselt kõigis elu valdkondades ja olukordades seda sama loogikat. ja näiteks need variandid, kus tuleb a la 10 või 12 (või rohkemgi) tundi lennujaamas veeta mingil endast mitte oleneval põhjusel, tunduvad mulle eriti rängad, võrreldes näiteks selle meie olukorraga. nii-et jah, eks kogu see värk ongi väga individuaalne ja vaatamata sellele üpris hullumeelsele kogemusele meil mingit hirmu küll pole pakettreiside ees :) muidugi võiks neil lennufirmade valik laiem olla... või noh, mis laiem, valik võiks lihtsalt olemas olla! :D aga võib-olla kunagi...

  7. Good Lord...dramarama! Mind you, no travel is ever without at least a little bit of drama. BTW, I'm sitting here wandering how did I miss all your tattoos??? I swear I haven't seen them before.

    1. I have no idea where have you been all those years. I think I got my first tattoo when I was 19 so it has been a pretty long time. and you could probably see them in pretty much all my posts but... yeah, I simply have no idea!

  8. Lol the cat hierarchy reminds me of something out of a movie. It sucks that you had such drama while coming back home :( And with the stress of a working day the day after! One time my family and I were stuck in London for a night. Meanwhile our luggage was already in New York so we didn't have any pajamas or anything like that! On a more positive note, I am digging the combo of a pink and red outfit :)


    1. I hope at least your hotel and location in London were enjoyable because I had my suitcase but it doesn't help when the hotel and atmosphere suck big time :)

  9. All the cats!! Haha my friend would flip - she's an absolute cat lady through and through xD
    And sigh, I don't think I could say goodbye to such paradise. Looks beautiful!

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  10. Oh, such a lovely place! I would definitely sad if leave that kind of place :'D
    Anyway, those are super beautiful cats there, I'm going to pick one of them if I were there lol
    Anyway, I adore your sweatshirt <3


  11. wow those images are so amazing! you look so happy and beautiful in all your pictures. It really sucks that you had to wait so long to go back home and that the hotel they placed you in was not as great as they said it was! Thanks for sharing :) I invite you to visit my blog and let me know if you would like to follow each other to stay in touch.


  12. such cute cat photos! Looks like you had a fabulous time exploring this island and I hope you do get the chance to return quite soon! xx

    <(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad

  13. Hiya maiken,so good to finally have a chance to stop by. I can't believe that song is that old?! Such a good song,makes me feel old knowing its that old :D now onto your holiday, great to see more photos and some more of those roaming cats. Sorry to hear,the food and room wasn't up to standard,and that's the last thing you want when your on holiday relaxing and treating yourself.
    At least your looking back on it positively, good and bad,a great experience to see new places, eat new food and meet new people. And as of your purchases from Crete,yes definitely share, always great to see your amazing purchases and finds. Anyways hope your well and had a lovely weekend.

  14. oh wow what a trip! that stinks that it didn't quite end on a good note :( but hopefully the ending didn't taint the rest of the trip :) crete looks so amazing though :)