I hope all is well and you are enjoying the summer. After entrusting you to plan our amazing 30th Anniversary trip to Italy in 2017, I knew you were the perfect person to plan our trip to Greece. It was a lifelong dream of mine to travel to Greece and visit the Island where my grandparents were born, as well as to several other Greek Islands. I wanted to share with you what a spectacular trip you arranged for Todd, Chris and myself this past May. What made it so special were the wonderful hotels you chose for us, the experiences you arranged, and the wonderful people we met, especially on the Island of Lemnos.
As soon as Alexandrous, of Taste Lemnos, picked us up at the airport in Lemnos, we knew we were in good hands. He greeted us as soon as we walked into the airport terminal. He got our bags and brought us to his van where he explained that the cooking class you arranged for us the following day was with his mother, Mama Marika. He asked us if we would like to meet her on the way to our hotel, and of course we did! We drove us by his mother's house, where the cooking class was to be held, and she ran out to meet us. Mama Marika was the most wonderful woman and embraced us like we were family.
As soon as we got to Hotel Ethaleia the entire family, came out to greet us and we ended up spending hours on their patio, drinking wine and talking, like we knew each other for years. The breakfast each morning was fresh baked bread, eggs from their chickens and vegetables from their garden. It was so delicious and fresh and our view from the patio overlooked the bay of Moudros, which was stunning. Hotel Ethaleia is a family run Country Boutique Hotel and the personal attention was beyond compare!
We so enjoyed our cooking class at Marika'shome. My husband, son and I were the only people in the class, and we assisted Marikain making traditional Greek dishes, all ingredients fresh from her garden and farm. We even went to a traditional Greek dance exhibition that Alexandrous was participating in. Alexandrous and Marika were also able to locate my family on the Island and organized a meeting, with Marika translating for us. I find it difficult to express how wonderful this experience was and how much it meant to my husband and I, and especially our son. It was all due to the fantastic people that you connected us with. Everyone we met was so kind and generous and made us feel like part of their family, something I never expected to happen!! I look forward to returning to the island of Lemnos to spend more time with these wonderful people.
After arriving in Athens, our driver was waiting for us and brought us to our hotel, Electra Palace. Our room had a beautiful view of the Parthenon, which was lit up at night. We really enjoyed our private tour of the Acropolis and the museum, which was very informative and interesting. Also, our hotel was within walking distance of Plaka Center, where we found shopping and great restaurants!
Our flight to Crete was quick and Hotel Casa Delfino, again, was in a perfect spot. We were within walking distance of the Venetian Harbor, with numerous shops, great restaurants and sunset views over the water. The private wine tour was a lot of fun and our guide was very knowledgeable. The scenery was stunning and the wines were quite delicious! The private boat tour, on a traditional wooden Greek boat, cruised around to places we would never have seen by land. The captain and crew were very attentive, the scenery was just beautiful and we had the opportunity to swim and do some snorkeling.
As we moved on to Santorini by ferry,and thought Greece couldn't get more beautiful, we were so wrong! The Hotel Andronis had the most gorgeous views I have ever seen and the cave rooms were so unique. The breakfast was on a terrace over looking the sea and the wait staff couldn't have been more attentive. Everyone that worked at the hotel went out of their way to be helpful and make sure our stay was memorable. We also had a lovely time on the sunset cruise, as the crew was great, the barbeque delicious and we enjoyed spending time with the other passengers.
We really loved everything about our vacation, but our time in Lemnos was particularly special. It truly was the best trip I have ever been on, thanks to you!! I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the hard work and effort you put into every detail to ensure that our vacation was perfect! I look forward to planning our next trip with you (hopefully very soon)!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
All the best, Cheryl Schrader