I am very grateful to be residing in Europe once again. It has this own vibe. One of the first spots I was taken to as I arrived here was, of course, the city center. Walking the downtown area, I instantly felt that same European charm I was longing to experience once more.
Old Town Chania with its harbor definitely serves you that kind of European atmosphere.
But I guess it’s just like any other principal cities. There are cleaner areas, and there are less cleaner areas. Good sides, bad sides, if you will. Urban to rural. Traditional to modern. Sophisticated to uncultivated.
In most major cities, however, these contradicting sides are quite separated. In Chania though, the contrasts are altogether and are strikingly very evident. It’s not that unrefined, but it definitely needs some help. It’s like a controlled chaos. It’s just awfully pretty….. A beautiful mess.
The promenade has a background left unrestored.
Old establishments are wall to wall with the painted ones.
Some rehabilitations are half way done or seem to be forgotten.
This one is above a shining shimmering jewelry store.
Statues are undermined.
Vandalism is too much to bear.
Some houses obviously tried to repaint but the writings on the wall keep reappearing.
It’s no wonder why some areas are completely uncared for.
Across this line of restaurants and bars are dilapidated houses.
Chania, perhaps Crete in general, is no London or Paris. It’s just not that organized. It’s not as teeming as most Asian major cities. It’s definitely not LA, where slum scenes look forsaken by business districts of towering buildings. Chania has its own character. This place has like a never-ending work in progress. It’s a motley paradise of juxtapositions. There’s definitely beauty in its imperfections. It’s unpretentious … And I love it!
This shot is one of my personal favorites.
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