I flew into Crete for a wedding. My Korean friend from New York was marrying a Greek guy from Crete. The wedding was to take place in Chania. On Fridays they only had flights to Heraklion from London, which was another airport in Crete 3 hours away from Chania. I thought the island of Crete cannot be that big, so I would be able to get from Heraklion to Chania easily and I did not do a proper research on how long it takes to get from A to B. We landed at midnight and we were shocked to find out that we were 150 kms away from our hotel. We were contemplating renting a car, but it was late and dark and we did not know where we were going to. In the end, we got into a taxi and the taxi drove us through the island in about two hours to get to our hotel. The ride cost 150euro. So it was not a pleasant experience. We were tired and all we wanted to do is to sleep at that point. Next morning we ventured out to discover the island. We went to a local food market. There was a good selection of fruits, veggies, cheeses as well as snails. Then I walked around the port of Chania. Read more about the best things to do in Crete by Dave Briggs.Big Fat Greek Wedding
The Big Fat Greek Wedding in Crete
It was quiet and beautiful around the port. There were lots of very nice restaurants. After a quick walk around the city, I went home to get ready for the big fat Korean-Greek wedding. The wedding was on the top of the hill overlooking the whole city.
The Greek Orthodox ceremony was very interesting. We didn’t understand a word, but the couple had to share a glass of wine together, then they had to walk around and everyone threw rice at them. It was a fun ceremony.
After that we had a typical Cretan dinner. Greek salad, mushrooms in a brown sauce, octopus, boiled chicken, roasted Cretan lamb. The food kept on coming until we were about to explode.
After dinner they had a whole table full of beautiful desserts. We ate so much! I could barely walk and dance.
Then the champagne kept on coming. They would come around with a shot of Raki every 15 minutes. So everyone was quiet wasted at the wedding. The music was great, everyone was dancing. They were dancing Zorba as well as Gangnam Style.
The Korean parents of the bride were in a cultural shock. Around two a clock the groom threw the bride’s bouquet behind him and all the guys gathered together to catch the bouquet. I have never seen a wedding where the guys caught the bouquet instead of the girls. After that, more Raki was distributed. As the night went on they threw the groom into the swimming pool with his clothes on. Afterwards they threw the bride in the pool as well. The groom also threw a couple of guys into the pool. In the end many were swimming in the pool. It was definitely the most fun wedding I had ever been to in my life.
Next day we walked around the port of Crete and we had lunch at the most amazing Greek restaurant.
The Cretan salad with soft goat cheese was one of the best things I ate in Greece. The port was very beautiful. The water was crystal clear. We explored the local churches, had some frozen yogurt at Chillbox, which became our favorite frozen yogurt brand in Greece. We also did some shoe and jewellery shopping. Overall Chania was a beautiful and quiet island. The wedding was crazy! We had an amazing time. Next morning about 25 of us took the bus to Heraklion to catch the ferry to Santorini where the bride and the groom were going for their honeymoon. The ferry was huge and comfortable. The journey took about 2 hours to the island of Santorini.
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