The harbor at Hania
The harbor at Hania, 59 km from Rethymnon, is crete's 2nd largest city. You must visit the Firkas Sea Fortress, which houses the naval museum. It was where the king of Greece first raised the national flag in 1913. Also worth visiting is the Archeological Museum.
cloth for a particular feast
I don’t want to deny you this pictures, I saw these cloth for very small children in a window at the market and absolute loved it, look at those tiny bow ties and tiny petticoats!
I wonder when the children wear cloth like this?
The Town Square
One of my favorite pastimes for after work was to just drive to the town center and enjoy a Gazoza, the late afternoon sun, the beautiful fountain with the stately lions in the center of the traffic circle, and the wonderful array of Greeks and tourists who passed by in successive waves which I found to be both informative and entertaining. The first wave usually consisted of teens making their way home from school, girls walking arm in arm and deeply engaged in conversation as if totally unaware that there were other humans anywhere near the plaza, yet eagerly hoping that certain special young men were there to notice them and guys also walking but much more actively, often with a soccer ball, or playing hacky-sack, or just general GA. The next wave usually consisted of a strong majority of men on their way home from work with their seemingly uniform black suits, white shirts, and black shoes and ties. As the sun began to sink in the direction of Rethymnon, the square (actually more circular) became much more colorful and an air of romance filled the air.
The remnants of a monastery that is almost a 'national'symbol of Crete. Its remote situation made it the ultimate place for the resistance against the Turkish in 1866. Almost 700 people (Greek and Turkish) lost their lives when one of the resistance fighters set fire in the ammunitiondepot.
Please feel free to go to my travelogue on Arkadi
The capital of Crete
"A city with hidden beauty"
Irakleio is the biggest city of the island, the most busy-travelled too. They say that it is a miniature of Athens, connoting that it has all the disadvantages of the capital of Greece (as traffic tungle, arbitrary building system and so on...)
On the other hand, Irakleio is getting better year by year, there are places which can't be seen easily, but are surely nice!
What's more, the best museums of Crete can be found there...
Don't also forget that the capital of Crete is an olympic city (as Thessaloniki, Volos, Patra, and Athens, of course!), the Olympic Games of 2004 is an important fact for Irakleio too...