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Chania pop of colours

Chania pop of colours

Europe, Greece, Outside India, Photo Essays, Travel Extras

Crete is one of Greece‘s most popular islands and Chania is pure seduction. Titled as Crete‘s most redolent city, Chania is a gorgeous patchwork quilt of Venetian quarter, narrow cobbled lanes, a breathtaking harbour and stunning ruins. Evocative remains of Turkish and Venetian architecture make the old city a photographer‘s delight and the artfully decaying restored town houses add brilliant pops of colour to the whole scene. Bright oranges, dusty rose pinks, tangerines, egg yolk yellows, saffrons, reds, blues and emerald greens create a stunning old town tapestry and the sky is nearly always sapphire coloured in Crete. Then there is the deep blue sea which dock multi coloured boats on its gently heaving surface and on calm days, the pretty port is reflected on the water.

Recommended Read :  Photo essay of Agora Market in Crete

I visited Crete in spring, when the days were sunny, chilly and cloudless. Orange and citrus trees were full with fruits and wild flowers carpeted the olive groves. The old city of Chania was minus the tourists, brash commercialism and the snow capped peaks of White Mountains were visible over the rooftops. It was a beautiful time to be in Chania and I used to soak up the sun, while enjoying the old town to myself. Often, my Chania days would start with late breakfast and they used to continue into early evening. A spot in the sun, some good Cretan food, a book and one or two of the island‘s stray cats as company were all I needed to savour Chania and time was my only luxury there. That remains the best way to savour any place in the world and Chania is a rainbow coloured architectural splendour.

You may enjoy : Greece on my plate and Meteora Impressions

So, come with me, as I take you on a photo trip to the gorgeous old town of Chania; enjoy its vintage tastefully decaying charm, splurge in its pop of colours and soak in the centuries old aura of the spiritual capital of Crete, the island of Zeus, Minotaur Bull and soul stealing sea nymphs.

More from Greece : Timeless Hydra Island

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An elderly Chania resident walking under tangle of dry vines
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Past rainbow coloured houses of the old town.
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Chania waterfront and
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Its old narrow lanes
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Entice you to sit-down
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And watch the Crete life
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Pass by in candy coloured
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Slow motion.
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Chania allows
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Its visitors to
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Savour the timeless
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Old world charm,
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Intriguing heritage and
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Shadow play of the sun
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To the fullest.
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And then there
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Is the Venetian port
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Deep blue sea
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Golden sunshine and
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Beautifully decaying
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Jumble of colours.
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About the author

Hi! I am Svetlana, a cloud gypsy, a story teller and a Maverickbird. A mother, writer, entrepreneur, traveler, foodie and an animal lover, I am a Super girl from India.

10 Comments

  1. Veidehi
    May 22, 2017 at 10:18 am
    Reply

    This is beautiful..I have always wanted to visit Greece and this post brings along a perfect insight..I am very keen on visiting White Mountains as well (Lefka Ori)..some day hopefully 🙂

    • maverickbird
      May 24, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Thank you Vaidehi. I love Crete. Did visit the White Mountains too, though not to the gorge. That is left pending for the next visit. Hope you travel to Crete soon and get to enjoy Lekka Ori soon.

  2. induchhibber
    May 23, 2017 at 6:09 am
    Reply

    Beautiful post Svetlana,I enjoyed every pic and every bit.

    • maverickbird
      May 24, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Thank you very much. Chnania is very beautiful.

  3. Amrita Sen
    May 23, 2017 at 7:46 am
    Reply

    Hi Svetlana Di, I simply love your photographs.. Keep travelling and inspiring us! 🙂

    • maverickbird
      May 24, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Thank you for your encouragement Amrita. You made my day.

  4. Sapnas
    May 24, 2017 at 4:44 am
    Reply

    Lovely pictures. When we think about Greece, the picture of white and blue structures comes to mind. This island is all terracotta color. It’s totally different than the popular image.

    • maverickbird
      May 24, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Thank you Sapna. Greece is a whole lot white and blue, keeping close ties to its aquatic roots. But, some parts are like crayon box, drop dead colourful.

  5. Divya Nambiar
    June 1, 2017 at 11:10 pm
    Reply

    So much colour. So beautiful!
    Lovely images as always.

    • maverickbird
      June 3, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you very much Divya.

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