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Chania

The heart and soul of Crete.

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One of the drawbacks of living right in the middle of an old town is that there are bars, restaurants and cafes everywhere - and very close. So there was a bit of noise last night - but the good old ear plugs did their work and dulled things down to a point where I could sleep okay. Red told me that the noise quietened down at around midnight - so that wasn't too bad.
The sounds of the morning started probably at around 7.30pm. There was a bit of cloud around, but still lots of sun - and it was a calm and warm. Today is our day for absorbing ourselves in Chania. We left our apartment at around 9.30am and took off to have a look at this historic old town. Not too many people were around which was nice. We walked down to the sea port - that took all of 20 seconds and then walked right around the water to the other side - past the Venetian Dockyards, along the Harbour Wall to the lighthouse. This area is a photographer's dream. Beautiful! Tomorrow morning I plan to get up early and go down to the water to take some early morning shots.
We have walked all over Chania Old Town this morning and still haven't seen it all. The little streets and alleyways are like something out of a travel magazine - absolutely gorgeous!
We had some lunch at a restaurant in the middle of town and were given a complimentary Raki (similar to Ouzo) by the staff as a gesture of welcome. Thankfully it was watered down a bit otherwise I think the rest of today would have been a write-off! We've come back to our apartment for a couple of hours and are now about to hit the streets again :-).
It was around 7pm when we left our apartment - still broad daylight - all very confusing. We walked through the little streets of Chania and did some shopping for our loved ones back home. Because we'd had such a late lunch today, our dinner tonight was an icecream. I know, I know - very bad eating habits - but hey, we're on holidays! It will all stop when we get back to Perth.
It was still light when we got back home at 9 o'clock. Once it was dark I went back down to the harbour and took some photos of the port of Chania at night. It was a warm and still night and the place was still buzzing. I think that Chania is a very safe place, I don't feel intimidated walking through these alleyways at night. The atmosphere is very animated and cheerful - people are just out having a good time.
Back home again - ear plugs in (more noise tonight). I've changed my rating for our bed. Was so-so, now hard!
Quaint doorway - Chania.

Quaint doorway - Chania.

This little street is about a 20 second walk from our apartment in Chania.

This little street is about a 20 second walk from our apartment in Chania.

Our little Supermarket - Chania.

Our little Supermarket - Chania.

This is Chania!

This is Chania!

Charming Chania.

Charming Chania.

A photographer's heaven - Chania.

A photographer's heaven - Chania.

The back view of the old Venitian Dockyards - Chania.

The back view of the old Venitian Dockyards - Chania.

Chania's Lighthouse.

Chania's Lighthouse.

The old Venitian Dockyards in Chania.

The old Venitian Dockyards in Chania.

Pleasurecraft docked in Chania's port.

Pleasurecraft docked in Chania's port.

Selfie - Red and Anne on the Promenade at Chania.

Selfie - Red and Anne on the Promenade at Chania.

The beautiful port of Chania.

The beautiful port of Chania.

Cafes and restaurants line the promenade at Chania.

Cafes and restaurants line the promenade at Chania.

Chania - basking in the sun.

Chania - basking in the sun.

Once a mosque - now a community building - Chania.

Once a mosque - now a community building - Chania.

A simple life - Chania's Venetian Harbour.

A simple life - Chania's Venetian Harbour.

Another view from our balcony - Chania.

Another view from our balcony - Chania.

An evening view of Chania.

An evening view of Chania.

Locals and tourists out for a meal in Chania.

Locals and tourists out for a meal in Chania.

Standing at the front door of our apartment in Chania - looking up.

Standing at the front door of our apartment in Chania - looking up.

If you expand this photo - you'll see a panaorama shot of Chania.

If you expand this photo - you'll see a panaorama shot of Chania.

Posted by Gibbo54 06:51 Archived in Greece

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