Three years ago we completely fell in love with this island 🤍 🇬🇷
And we’ve been back every year since ! So this is our third… we’re still obsessed with Crete, and the Cretan people are some of the nicest, most generous we’ve met through our different travels. We just love their vibe !
The first thing we do upon arrival at the airport, is get our car and start the road trip right away. We drive fast, until a beautiful little beach, or cove catches our sight, and we make our stop there : take off all of our airplane clothes, and jump in the sea 🌊
Trust me, it is the best feeling ever. Since we travel there in August / September, the water is so warm, you don’t even have to wait for your skin to get adjusted. It’s the perfect temperature. After that first little (or longer) swim, we go for lunch… and oh my gosh, how nice it is to have a proper Greek salad, with dakos ! Cretans offer some dessert or fruit when you ask for the bill, and a little digestive; ouzo and raki are the most common ones.
The feeling of being wholly disconnected from our stressful Parisian lives, barely an hour after landing… and the freedom the car gets us is unmatchable. It’s just smiles & adventures now, for two weeks ☀️
Last post on my current whereabouts, before I start sharing pictures from Crete !
I originally didn’t want to publish those photos on here, because they’re my boyfriend’s & I summer vacation pics, but I need a little break to work on another project, and in the meantime I don’t want to leave my blog without any content when I know I have some.
The weather in Paris has been absolutely stunning up until now… we’ve entered a period of doom ! It’s been raining every day 😭
But right before that, we’ve had the most incredible sunsets, the sky was on fire most nights. We had red suns setting on the woods. It was insane, and so beautiful ! I captured some moments, when we went for walks in the woods, enjoy 🤗
This restaurant is one of our fave with my boyfriend ❤️ we love noodle soup made with that special Sichuan pepper. Sichuan pepper has an incredible taste. We love it so much we even bought some to use in our homemade Asians dishes. If you don’t know what it is, don’t be a fool and try it out 😂
So Trantranzai (that’s the name of the place), is quite famous in Paris. Not only is the decor the coolest; you really feel like you’re in a little joint in the middle of nowhere-China. But also the food is gorgeously good ! Ugh… yum.
I don’t know what they do to their noodles, but they’re always perfect. It’s a fun experience to be there, you can also choose how spicy you want your food to be (my boyfriend goes for 4, while I’m not that adventurous… I take 0 🤣). The only thing I’m not a fan of, are the desserts. They’re a bit bland. I’m also not a fan of bubble tea, it’s too sweet for me.
Rating for this restaurant is 2.5/10 I can’t grade them well because the last two times we went there, the waiters were super arrogant with us. They ignored us when we tried to order, and then forgot half our order. Also one of them put a finger in the soup they were giving us, which is completely unsanitary.
Also one of them in particular talked back to me on the stupidest thing ever : I was extremely tired because I have chronic pain from my rheumatoid arthritis, and I had been walking despite the pain, couldn’t wait to finally sit to rest my feet. So when she asked me what I wanted to order, I said “the vegetarian soup” paused and added “with vegetarian” which I know sounds stupid, but I got mixed up. Especially because I heard my boyfriend say before me “the vegetarian soup, with chicken” and then she made such a fuss out of that !
Basically looking at me like I was the dumbest person ever, telling me “what do you even mean, that doesn’t make any sense, the vegetarian is vegetarian obviously” I said “I just want the vegetarian soup. I was specifying that”. I ended up justifying my mistake ! Which I didn’t want to, tired like I was. She kept going, she wouldn’t let it go, she looked at me & hovering and kept saying “why are you saying that, what you’re saying makes no sense, what do you want to eat” and I said “the vegetarian soup, just that” and she continued “yes but why would you say vegetarian soup with vegetarian” and my boyfriend stepped in finally ! To say “she wants the vegetarian soup, we’ve ordered now”.
She was so annoyed at us, it was like she wanted to fight me, I felt so uncomfortable, she was really scary and mean to me. I don’t know why I triggered her so badly, I didn’t want to. Yes I made a mistake in my speech, but it’s not that big of a deal… seriously. I actually wanted to leave, but my boyfriend was too hungry for their noodles, which yes are good, but not worth being treated like that. I assure you there’s other noodle places in Paris.
There’s a sensible winter coldness in the air, but you can already see spring making its way, with trees blooming white flowers. My favorite time of the year is almost there (or not, but it’s getting closer). Also I’m slowly but surely getting better, so now I can even go on nice walks in Paris. It’s tiring, but it makes me happy to get out. Next week, I’m gonna start sharing pictures from my vacation to Crete last summer. I’ve edited a bunch, so they’re ready to go 🤗
EATALY is a famous marketplace chain, with restaurants inside !
My sister & I met again for lunch (this is becoming a series for us 😅). We were in the mood for Italian food, and since we were at the BHV we thought to ourselves, let’s go to Eataly since it’s close-by. I am not a fan of these food chain places, but they do serve occasionally good things, also I happen to know that they have a fair wine selection here.