Knossos

Knossos is an archeological site located in Crete just outside the capital city of Heraklion. The palace complexes built here by the ancient Minoans peaked around 1700 BC with a population of over 100,000 residents.

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Fortezza of Rethymno

Rethymno may be smaller than Chania, but its Venetian Fortezza (fortress, aka castle) is much more impressive than the Firka in Chania. We’d been warned the Fortezza might be closed due to recent rainy weather, but we wandered up anyway, if only to take some photos of the outside.

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Rethymno Old Town

Away from the Venetian Harbour and the beach we wandered the narrow streets of Rethymno’s old town. We found them quiet, and aside from a few discreet new boutique hotels the area is not as entirely devoted to tourism as the old town in Chania.

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Around Rethymno

The town of Rethymno (also spelled Rethimno and Rethymnon) is a town on the northern coast of Crete, roughly halfway between Chania and the capital city of Heraklion. We took a public KTEL bus there from Chania, a journey of just over an hour.

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Chania Sailing Club Café

The Chania Sailing Club, formed in 1990, promotes sailing by collaborating with various sailing schools, some of which we saw in action during our visit. Their facilities are housed in a huge Venetian warehouse at the end of the harbour, where the club also operates a very nice café and bar that is open from morning til very late.

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Benaki Museum

We visited the Benaki Museum in Athens. The museum is housed in the former mansion of the Benakis family, who donated their vast collections of Greek art — along with the house — in 1931.

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Gazi

The neighbourhood of Gazi in Athens is not far from our place in Thissio. It’s just a short hop over a railway bridge… and then across a wide avenue filled with speeding cars and smog-spewing scooters. It’s a bit reminiscent of the waterfront in Toronto, so close yet so far.

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Anafiotika

An Anafiotika street

Anafiotika is a small yet distinct neighbourhood in Athens. It’s hidden in plain site in one corner of the larger Plaka neighbourhood, just underneath the steep northeast slope of the Acropolis. We took a wander through one morning and found it to be very quiet, well-kept, and populated by some of Athens luckiest cats.

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Panathenaic Stadium

Panathenaic Stadium

The Panathenaic Stadium in Athens dates to around 330 BC, when it began as a mere racecourse in a ravine between two hills. It was rebuilt in marble in 144 AD, then fell into disrepair for many centuries. It was restored again in marble for use as the primary venue for the first modern Olympics in 1896. The stadium also served as the finish line for the marathon in the 2004 Olympics.

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