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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...
Chania Prepares to Reopen

Chania Prepares to Reopen

Greece is preparing to reopen after several months of quarantine, and Crete is right there with it. On May 25 Crete will see people sitting down at cafes and restaurants for the first time since mid-March. There will be limits to the number of people that can be...
Nopigia Beach +/-, West Crete

Nopigia Beach +/-, West Crete

I know where we were yesterday, but I cannot tell you exactly where it was – except to say it was a little bit of heaven. No matter how I zoom in on Google maps, I cannot find a name for the beach. It is located north of Nopigia Beach (and northeast of Drapanias...
Silent Chania

Silent Chania

There is a lot of back-and-forth going on as Chania prepares to reopen itself to the nation and the world. Just four days ago on May 11 the city was an absolute madhouse. It was as packed as it ever gets in a usual summer, only this time it was packed with locals out...
Chania, Last Day of Lockdown

Chania, Last Day of Lockdown

Today, for the first time in over six weeks, we can go outside our homes on Crete without preparing official explanations for our trips in advance. Today the restrictions on movement began to be eased. There are still as many “don’t’s” as there...
Stormy Chania

Stormy Chania

It’s not quite this stormy in Chania today, but there is plenty of wind and rain and waves and clouds. But other than walk to my window and look out over the sea rolling in at Koum Kapi and crashing up on the Sabbionara, I can’t legally do much about...
Ta Neoria, Chania

Ta Neoria, Chania

Ta Neoria, the dry docks, the dockyards, the arsenal… You can find these wonderful old structures – my sister Margie’s favorite in all of Chania – under all those names. Seventeen were built in the middle of the east side of the Venetian Port...