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Chania, Crete

I visited Crete in September of 2010. I made Chania my home base and spent most of my time there. I took a few day-trips to the usual tourist destinations by, unlike my previous trips to Greece, I did not go to Crete to do research for this website ... I went for a relaxing vacation and I'm glad to say, that's exactly what happened. I dined and drank ... I went to the beach ... I ate ice cream in the afternoon ... I went to a few museums ... but mostly, I just wandered around and had a good time.
On my previous trips to Greece, I more or less just winged-it ... I knew no one ... I just made friends as I traveled and then moved on. My visit to Chania was different ... I had a pen-pal. She was the cousin of a friend of mine and we exchanged emails for a few months before I made the trip. She was a wonderful hostess and gave me a genuine feeling of 'belonging' that made my stay in Chania one of the best vacations I have ever had.

Chania, Crete

Sunrise on a wonderful vacation.
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Chania, Crete

This was my first glimpse of Crete as I flew in from Athens.
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Chania harbor at night

I arrived in Chania in the late afternoon and by the time I checked in to my hotel, it was dark. This is the view from the balcony of my hotel which overlooks the harbor with its distinctive lighthouse.
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The Selene restaurant

I found the harbor-front Selene Restaurant right around the corner from my hotel. With great food, live music and a spectacular view of the Sea of Crete, I was a very satisfied customer.
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The Nostos Hotel

The Nostos Hotel is old and charming. This is the front of the hotel in the early morning. If you're going to Chania, just Google Nostos Hotel and you will find it at the top of the list. I can't say enough good things about the Nostos ... the staff was friendly and helpful, it was convenient to shops, the beach, museums and of course, the harbor was right around the corner.
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The Nostos Hotel

A view of the Nostos Hotel with its pink facade as seen from the harbor. As you can see, restaurants abound at the harbor ... the man in the foreground was there to invite you to eat or drink at his restaurant ... this was a common sight and in no way bothersome ... you would be welcomed with a friendly greeting and if you were not interested, they simply wished you a pleasant day and let you go on your way.
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A old-city street

This is Zambeliou “Street” where the Nostos Hotel is located. This picture was taken in the early morning and there are not too many people out-and-about but in the evening, this street is a busy place. Of course, not all the streets in Chania are as narrow and quaint as this ... Chania is a busy and industrious city with scooters, cars and buses just like any other Greek city.
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The Venetian Hill

Not too far from the hotel was the ruins of a fortified hill from the Venetian Era. The top of this hill gives a panoramic view of the city, the harbor and the Sea of Crete.
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Looking north from the Venetian Hill

Looking north from the Venetian Hill, the harbor, the lighthouse and the Sea of Crete are clearly in view.
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Looking east from the Venetian Hill

Looking east from the Venetian Hill with the cathedral and most of the Old City in view.
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Smart car sports model

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this Smart Car parked on the street ... this is a sports model which is not sold in the United States.
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The Sea of Crete

Looking at the Sea of Crete from this wall makes you wonder how many people have enjoyed this tranquil view over the thousands of years that Chania has been the destination of travelers, conquerors and merchants.
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The Venetian Fortress

The Venetian Fortress dominates the western entrance to the harbor of the Old City.
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The Venetian Fortress

The Venetian Fortress
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The Venetian Fortress

The Venetian Fortress
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The Venetian Fortress

The Venetian Fortress
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The Venetian Fortress

The Venetian Fortress
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The Old City harbor

The Old City harbor
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The Old City harbor

The Old City harbor
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The Old City harbor

The Old City harbor
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The Old City harbor

The Old City harbor
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Ancient Ruins

Ancient ruins and archeological digs are next to modern buildings in the Old City.
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The streets of Chania

The streets of Chania
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The streets of Chania

The streets of Chania
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Photo ops and photographers

Photo ops and photographers were everywhere.
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The streets of Chania

The main drag of the Old City, Chalidon Street.
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An alley in Chania

Every alley had a few surprises.
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The Lighthouse

The distinctive lighthouse in the harbor of the Old City.
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The Lighthouse

It was a long, hot, thirsty trek to the lighthouse.
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Chrysanthe

My pen-pal, Chrysanthe.
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Sunset

I thought it only appropriate that I end this nostalgic photo tour with a sunset.
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