During our visit to Crete in Greece, I had the opportunity to spend some time walking around the old city of Chania - a city which has been a part of both Greece and the Ottoman Empire over the centuries, although in the modern era it is firmly Greek.
I was really taken by the colourful meandering back streets, with the eclectic architecture, cobblestones, and the evident pride the people take in keeping the streets looking good.
I have to admit that I had few expectations for Crete, and was looking forward to visits to places like Istanbul. Chania was charming and pretty, and made for a great first stopover in our journey.
I would recommend it as a lovely, laid back place to visit, with a rich history and a beautiful cityscape and seascape.
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