As in most greek town the street names are written in the typical blue signs not only in greek but also with latin letters so non greeks to be able to read/pronounce them.
The difference in Chania was that they included a small inscription below the name specifying if it is a place, person, feast etc
Pic 1. Daskalogianni. Hero 1770
Pic 2. Skrydlof. Russian admiral
Pic 3. Victoros Hugo. French Philhellene writer, I was happy we stayed in this one! :)
Pic 4. El.Venizelou. Prime Minister of Greece, as expected the name of a big central avenue and not a side street
Pic 5. Several different places (Cyprus, Epirus, Macedonia, Thrace)
Getting busted is definitely off the beaten path, isn’t it?! I noticed the prisons on my way to check the Petros & Pavlos church. I didn’t see the interior of course as this requires to do something illegal to have the privilege to get inside :) The prisons located on the hill above the Courts (convenient I guess) so you won’t have much to see during the transfer through the tiny windows of police's van, you better use the hop on hop off bus that does longer route :)
One of the numerous graffiti/quotes in Chania was the one you see in pic 2, some translation follows here:
No matter how many prisons they build,
no matter how narrow the collar becomes
Our mind is a bum that always escapes
In this village you will find a museum set aside to commemorate Greek resistance against invaders in the past. You will find photos and displays concerning the revolt against the Turks, and the most recent resistance to the Germans during WWII.
Expect to spend about 1 hour at the museum and then walking through the village going up to the monuments and statues in the car park. This small village features at least 5 tavernas. We asked the lady working the museum what would be the best choice and she told us that we should go directly across the street and eat there. I have written a review of this taverna which is located in Chania Restaurants, due to the fact that Therisso is too small to be found in towns of Greece in VT. I highly suggest you dine at this taverna as there are numerous photos and memorabilia inside the restaurant and the owner dresses in the old Greek manner, and will tell you his family history if you ask. The food here was one of the best in our 20 day visit in Crete.
The website noted below will better explain the history of the Greek Revolt.
- Historical Travel
- Study Abroad
- Road Trip
If you are tired of touristy busy Chania Restaurant I strongly recomand trip to Vamos.
Vamos is located about 20 min east of Chania (right before Georgioupoli).
It is a small village located among deserted Cretan hills. The village is preserved by local comunity (co-op) and it has a geat taverna "Sterna tou Bloumosofi" run by the Vamos Co-operative Society.
Food in "Sterna tou Bloumosofi" is fantastic and it is just great to get out from busy poluted (I am sure poluted) city to the little village.
Village is also nice to walk through right before the sunset after you locate your taverna and park your car.
Just climb up 10minutes from the main road, you will come to a very interesting cave. Its small but is amazing. You can take nice pictures of mountains from there, too.