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Shifting Sands, Koum Kapi

Shifting Sands, Koum Kapi

I have written numerous times about Koum Kapi in this space. It is my neighborhood in Chania, and I have come to love it every bit as much as any other place on Crete. The name appears to be an abomination or shortening of the Turkish phrase koum kapisi, which means...
Rock Quarry at Stavros, Crete

Rock Quarry at Stavros, Crete

I don’t know how much the rest of the world still thinks about the Hollywood film “Zorba the Greek,” but if you live anywhere near the Akrotiri Peninsula of Crete, you think of it almost daily. My wife Oksana and I, for example, look out from our...
The Road Above Xerokampos

The Road Above Xerokampos

Is there anything I love better than a road? Well, yes, an empty road. An empty road in the middle of nowhere. That, surely, is heaven. The pictures below were not actually taken in the middle of nowhere, it just looks like it. In fact, this magical land is just a few...
Zakros Minoan Palace, East Crete

Zakros Minoan Palace, East Crete

Zakros, the smallest of the four main Minoan palaces on Crete, is nestled just beneath the foothills of a fairly rugged mountain range and the fertile lowlands of a valley split by a small river that runs into the Libyan Sea. It is thought there would have been a road...
Kato Zakros, eastern Crete

Kato Zakros, eastern Crete

Kato Zakros, located on the far eastern shore of Crete in the Lasithi region, can seem to be a long way from anything. It is an hour from Sitia, over 90 minutes from Irapetra, and over two hours from Agios Nikolaos, all major cities in east Crete. When we stepped into...
Ancient Xerokambos (Ambelos), Crete

Ancient Xerokambos (Ambelos), Crete

Crete is stunningly beautiful and deeply rich in historical detail. Yet, the one quality almost all Crete-lovers treasure most is its simplicity, and its lack of, shall we say, bling. Let me start from afar. The day I write about here ended as my wife Oksana and I...
Fort at Charakas, Crete

Fort at Charakas, Crete

The fortress standing atop a huge boulder in the south-central Cretan village of Charakas (stress on the first A) is the kind of thing I live for. Nobody really knows anything of substance about it. It’s old, that’s obvious. You see that when you’re...
Chania Sights

Chania Sights

I usually use this blog space to focus attention on a single place or single topic. At times, like today, I stray from that tradition. Today I felt like using my photos to saunter aimlessly around one of my favorite cities on Planet Earth – Chania, Crete. It is...
Kydonia/Chania, Crete

Kydonia/Chania, Crete

It is said we will never see the remains of what might have been the greatest of all the Minoan city-states, surpassing Knossos, Phaistos and the others. We know for a fact that there was a great settlement and palace at Kydonia, on the hill known as Kastelli,...
Beach at Viglia/Trachilos, West Crete

Beach at Viglia/Trachilos, West Crete

My wife Oksana and I were headed in the direction of Falasarna a few days ago when we turned the corner at Kissamou Harbor and saw a huge, spectacular cloud coming at us at high speed over the top of the Gramvousa peninsula. There was a turn-off from the main road...