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Chania breakwater, early a.m.

Chania breakwater, early a.m.

Today I look at one of Chania’s most impressive sights and destinations that, actually, does not get the love it deserves. I’m talking about the wall on the breakwater that reaches out like an enormous arm to surround and protect the Venetian Harbor....
Chania in the Rain

Chania in the Rain

The beaches of Crete. There are thousands of books about them. A rainy winter day in Chania? I doubt there’s one. And yet you would have a hard time convincing me that the latter is any less beautiful than the former. One of the lovely things about wintertime...
Chania Street Art

Chania Street Art

Street art or graffiti. Like it. Love it. Hate it. De gustibus non est disputandum, as the forbears of the Venetians who occupied Crete from 1205 to 1669 years might have said. (Google it.)My older sister, when I sent her some photos of gorgeous Old Town in Chania,...
Chania Skies

Chania Skies

I have never seen such beautiful skies as those that come to us in Chania in the winter. From November into February, give or take a little, there are times you think you are encountering Shakespeare when you look up from your modest earthly viewpoint. Although...
Triopetra beach, South Crete

Triopetra beach, South Crete

It’s winter in Crete, the skies and seas are gorgeous in their drama, but the occasionally high winds and cool temperatures keep us inside most of the time. Except to see some damage that high seas caused in my home area of Koum Kapi (Chania) a week ago, I...
Balos, No. 3: The Beach

Balos, No. 3: The Beach

I try to keep my photo galleries down around 10 to 12 pictures. For this, the third and final instalment of my blogs about a trip to famed Balos Beach on the far northwestern end of Crete, I could not even keep it under 20. Chances are you will rarely see Balos...
Balos Beach, No. 2: The Footpath

Balos Beach, No. 2: The Footpath

This is the second of a three-part post about the trip to Balos Beach on Crete’s far-western Gramvousa Peninsula, and the way back from it. It is a true statement that what goes up must come down. But if you are making the trek to Balos by car and on foot,...
Balos Beach, No. 1: The Road

Balos Beach, No. 1: The Road

As the unseasonably late summer weather of 2019 ran out (these photos were taken Dec. 20; the next day the rain began to pour), my wife Oksana and I headed out to Balos Beach. You may know Balos because it routinely is included in lists of the world’s Top Ten...
Koum Kapi, Chania, Early Winter

Koum Kapi, Chania, Early Winter

Akti Miaouli is the name of the boardwalk here, Koum Kapi is the neighbourhood, the city is Chania, the island is Crete, the country is Greece. They are all music to my ears. This is where my wife Oksana and I swim almost all year round. As we sat and enjoyed a...
Sabbionara (Mocenigo) bastion, Chania

Sabbionara (Mocenigo) bastion, Chania

The Sabbionara bastion on the eastern side of Chania’s Old Town was built by the Venetians in 1591. Its name means “of the sands,” for it was built entirely on underwater sand and rocks. Be that as it may, the bastion never did what it was intended to do –...