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.
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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.
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.
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