48 hours on Crete

That is all I get, to go visit my greek Island. After a 6,5 hours layover in Athens we board back up on our flight to Heraklion, Crete. Get picked up by minibus and head for an hour drive east to Elounda bay. This year to the pitch black and just in time for the closing of the restaurants.

The private pool area by night.

The private pool area by night.

Elounda Bay Palace is an luxe resort with great customer service and lovely surroundings. It is listed as a 5 star hotel and resort and has its own private beaches, spa and many hectares with gardens. You can even get your own yacht club house here. if you only put down the cash.

It feels pretty much like paradise to get back here. This year was my third time. Still I was somewhat disappointed in some of their services this year. Although we were not the first to rise and shine in the morning we were not very late either. But still we had not the best room service and cleaning experiences. For such a place I expect it to be tip-top. For instance the outer area was nowhere to have been washed. Even if it was covered in degrees from last night windy experience. For this type of hotel I expect this kind of service. And no one seem to mind that one of my complimentary fruit baskets contained a molded orange. Disappointing.

Maybe I expect to much and have to high standards. But to me this is something I expect to be done in a 5 star resort. Especially when you have an upgraded room. Their room haven’t changed any this last year. And for the superior suites it is probably time to think of an upgrading of the bathrooms. Still I love my days here at Elounda. Picky or not. We spend most of our time around the compound, at the beach or at many of their restaurants.

my superior room with private pool

my superior room with private pool

one of the private beaches and the sailor bar

one of the private beaches and the sailor bar

at the sailor bar - our daily lunch rutine

at the sailor bar – our daily lunch rutine

mmm. strawberries and chocolate - one of my weakness. And if you order any Prosecco them come complimentary

mmm. strawberries and chocolate – one of my weakness. And if you order any Prosecco them come complimentary

although we usually go out to eat every night, this year we stayed put at the resort. And I had the opportunity to try out two new restaurants over at the Elounda Bay Beach compound. The food served was as always very lovely and good. Bringing some ideas and request is seldom a problem. They do their very best to make your stay just as you would like it. Their service staff is excellent and remembered us from previous years. That´s kinda cute.

Eating lunch at our regular place - Ariadne, a classic seaside taverna with dellish greek food

Eating lunch at our regular place – Ariadne, a classic seaside tavern with delicious greek food. Here we explain the waiters to make us some grilled feta cheese. Not on the menu though.

starters at Dionysos - mediterian cuisine

starters at Dionysos – pricey but delicious 

Dinner at Dionysos - oh so good

Dinner at Dionysos – oh so good

view from argonaut restaurant. They served Italian cuisine

view from argonaut restaurant. They served Italian cuisine so delightful and peaceful

I think Elounda bay Palace and Elounda bay Beach can offer anything you need. Unfortunately I did not get to test their spa this year as planned. I wanted to spend my short time with my travel mates and enjoy the short time we had. But who knows maybe I´ll be back next year.

Interested in a royal yachting residence - It can be yours

Interested in a royal yachting residence – It can be yours

Paris – Wining and dining

As I sat at home today enjoying my french lunch, it suddenly hit me – I still haven´t written anything about my Parisian take on the kitchen.

My french lunch today and if you think that the latte has an image of a kangaroo - thats exactly what I was going for...

My french lunch today and if you think that the latte has an image of a kangaroo – that’s exactly what I was going for…

 

Travelling, wining and dining are for me synonymous. You can’t do one thing without the other. And some of the travel experience is enjoying some good food together with some good drinks. First thing that came into my mind when thinking about the french cuisine was of course Crepes, frogs leg, snails and Disney´s Ratatouille…

Out of these I only did the Crepes! None the less – my food experience let me to some really great places, heres a recommendations:

Le Bon Bock

Claiming to be the oldest restaurant in Montmartre. It is situated at the base of Sacré-Cæur and was our first choice of dinner our first night in Paris. We stumbled upon this restaurant a little by chance.

Duck with mashed potato

Duck with mashed potato

Chickenbreast in white sauce

Chickenbreast in white sauce

Cheese platter desert

Cheese platter desert

I found the atmosphere in this little restaurant absolutely adorable. It claims to have the same interior since 1879 – and it makes you feel like you step back in time. Gas lamps on the walls, a piano with a big variety of Absinthe to offer.  And it is no doubt a popular place. We heard several scandinavian come and go while eating there.

I even had to try Absinthe in the variety of an Absinthe sorbet just because – it was absinthe, and it felt very Paris like to do so. I guess I got sucked into the atmosphere. Not recommended – I did not like it very much and it was nothing like a sorbet – more like a alcohol infused over freezed ice-cream.

The rest of the meal was an absolute delight. We were very lucky to get in as we just stumbled upon it and went in by chance – you would probably do wise to book in advance just to be sure to get in.

The restaurant has its own Absinthe menu for desert

The restaurant has its own Absinthe menu for desert

dark and intimate decorated. Truly an amazing atmosphere

dark and intimate decorated. Truly an amazing atmosphere

 

If you wish to visit this lovely establishment, and i recommend that you do. You will find LE BON BOCK at:2 Rue Dancourt, 75018 Paris (Montmartre region) Dinner is served between 1800 – 0000.

Wining and dining at Marrakech

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Google morroccan food and you get endless hits. The most famous dish is probably couscous, on this recent trip I unfortunately did not get to taste this as it is a typical friday dish. A dish of celebration.

But the marroccans offer so much more as we got to experience first hand. If you want the true experience stay clear of the hotel buffet. You get a much more authentic taste if you just take the trip down to the square Djemaa el-Fna at sunset.  Fresh ingredients arrive every night to the small stalls and there are bigger tents for eating. Take the tour and pick your choice of food. Here you can get lots of varieties. Each stall has its own speciality such as snails in spicy stocks, lamb skewers, sausages, freshly squeezed orange juice and a big variety of nuts etc.

some of the stalls in Djemaa el-Fna

some of the stalls in Djemaa el-Fna

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Picking out fresh nuts for a snack

Picking out fresh nuts for a snack

A word of advice if you choose to eat here is that although the food is fresh and prepared as you wait, plates and cutlery is washed in the same water all night. Choose the disposable plates.

This was the first time I got to experience the night market in Marrakech and I absolutely love it. When I first visited Morocco 15 years ago I only came here at daytime and it transform completely. The sounds, the shows, the smells – truly magical. Next time I visit I will surly pick these stalls over any hotel buffet.

We got the opportunity to lunch at the lovely Dar Moha. Moroccan cuisine interpreted by Marrakech´s famous chef Moha Fedal.

The courtyard offers fine dining around the lovely pool

The courtyard offers fine dining around the lovely pool

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geting waitered

geting waitered

a lovely tapas salad for appetizers

a lovely tapas salad for appetizers

a small selection of the lunch

a small selection of the lunch

To top it of we had some lovely moroccan white wine. I never knew they actually made wine here. Even if it is a muslim country most restaurants serve wine for their customers. Moroccan law does not prohibit the production of beer and alcohol, only their sale to muslim customers. Wine can be bought at the supermarket and at some restaurants especially if catered to tourists and visitors. Just remember it is not sold during islamic festivals including Ramadan.

Our last night in Marrakech was spent in the fashionable restaurant Bo-zin, just outside the center of Marrakech. Wow, a better feast may not be possible. The food was out of this world. The atmosphere, the decor, great food, good music and good company. What more to ask. The restaurant is modern and stylishly done. The food, a mix of asian and french.

apperizers

apperizers

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some outdoor cozy – neat in the heat

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outdoor couches to relax in

dinner

dinner

 

Enjoying the outdoors with a great fireplace

Enjoying the outdoors with a great fireplace