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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 built around the U-shaped Venetian Port and the connecting marina to the east, and is a place of extraordinary beauty, history, and diversity. The Old Town hugs the port and marina closely, it’s narrow streets fanning and wandering away from the water. But Chania is much more than Old Town, it is also the Nea Chora marina and beach to the west; it is the Koum Kapi neighborhood just outside the eastern walls, and then the neighborhood of Chalepa beyond that. Actually, that is only the beginning of the Chania neighborhoods, although these are the areas I will stick to today. The photo gallery below is collected from shots I have taken on many walks over the last eight to ten months. Chania as we know it today was founded by the Venetians in the early 13th century. With the exception of the few archeological digs (see my previous post), and some of the old city walls (follow me for future posts), we don’t see much now that goes back before this era, although the city has stood in place for well over 5,000 years. Today the city primarily wears the influences of the Venetians (1205-1669) and the Turks (1669-1898) on its proverbial sleeve. It is full of cultural and architectural monuments that melt all but the hardest hearts upon first encounter. You can find photos of these amazing places all over the internet, and all over my blog page. Today, however, I wanted to look at the city without the pretensions of history and popularity. I wanted to see the city in some of its simplest manifestations. I wanted to see the colors and shadows, the shapes and visions, that make this city what it is for those who know and love it on a daily, even hourly, basis.
All photos and text © copyright 2020 by John Freedman. If you wish to use either text or photos, I will almost surely grant permission as long as you do the courtesy of asking.

The Koum Kapi neighborhood is increasingly becoming a popular place with locals and tourists alike.
Firkas (the fortress) on the west side of the entrance to the Venetian Port.
An abandoned house in the Tabakaria section of Chalepa.
Tabakaria, the old leather tanning neighborhood in Chalepa.
Between Koum Kapi and Chalepa.
The fabulous Tamam restaurant, one block from the Old Venetian Port, is located in a former Turkish bathhouse on a street built by the Venetians.
An old Venetian staircase.
I am a connoisseur of narrow, urban streets, and this tiny, medieval, passageway in Chania is one of my favorites of all time.