Chania, Crete – Greece Day 2

29 Oct

This post is part of our adventures in Greece in September and October of 2013.  To see other posts in the series, click here.

Chania, Crete is not nearly as well known as Athens – or even the other more famous Greek Islands of Mykonos or Santorini.  Chania is a beach town, known for a beautiful harbor, a mosque and a tangle of streets that draw you in with restaurants and sweets and vendors.  Crete is the cradle of civilization, home to the Minoan ruins which are even more ancient than the temples we had seen the previous day.   We would see ruins the next day, but first, Chania itself.

We woke to a beautiful morning overlooking the sea.

Day break from the balcony

Day break from the balcony

After a long walk to enjoy the fresh air and sand between our toes, we headed out to explore the town.  The town is situated on a harbor which is surrounded by restaurants overlooking the water.  There was a breaker protecting the harbor that curled out into the water where I would guess there had been a fort or perhaps a guard post.

I don't often find octopus hanging on my way - made us smile

I don’t often find octopus hanging on my way – made us smile

Initial view of the main harbor

Initial view of the main harbor

Church in the square

Church in the square

We wandered until we found lunch.  After lunch we checked out a maritime museum with exhibits on making rope and filling holes.

Looking back at the harbor from the other side

Looking back at the harbor from the other side

A street performer on the way to the museum

A street performer on the way to the museum

There was this cool exhibit of the lights used in lighthouses as well

There was this cool exhibit of the lights used in lighthouses as well

We then walked all the way to the end of the breaker – a long walk under the pounding sun but worth it for the incredible views.

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Finally we had some frozen yogurt – mine with peaches and honey and then wandered back to the hotel to watch the sunset.  The owner of the yogurt shop was extremely friendly – even insisting that we not pay until we finished the yogurt and making sure it was up to snuff.

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Sunset over we returned to the town and found a restaurant where we could view the lights of the harbor and eat seafood.

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The next day we would take a bus to the capitol and see ancient ruins, but for that day we were happy being beach tourists under starry skies.

Both of us agreed that Chania had caught us under her spell.

Have you visited a less famous town during a trip and had it enchant you?  Those are the places that you talk about first, before the ones that everyone recognizes, the secret that you want to share – or go back to.  Crete was that for us.

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9 Responses to “Chania, Crete – Greece Day 2”

  1. sarahinguangzhou October 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Glad to see you’re keeping up the frozen yoghurt tradition; it’s the first food I track down on my little jaunts into Europe. Limited availability in London, we just don’t have a long enough summer to make it a worthwhile commodity.

    • gkm2011 October 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

      It was excellent! I like the tartness – not so sweet with fruit toppings. We liked one place so much in Santorini we went back twice.

  2. ladyofthecakes October 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Ha ha, the octopusses/octopi/whatever the plural is ;-)

    • gkm2011 October 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

      Aren’t they great? These weren’t even in front of a restaurant, just a random sighting.

  3. thirdeyemom October 30, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    Looks gorgeous! We never made it to Crete on our three-week honeymoon in Greece but I always wanted to go there and Rhodes. Someday! :)

    • gkm2011 October 30, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      We had a great trip! Highly recommend it for a return visit.

  4. Naomi Baltuck November 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Looks like a great trip. Love that chorus line of octopus.

    • gkm2011 November 8, 2013 at 7:52 am #

      We actually saw octopus like that in more than one place believe it or not!

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