Photo Diary: Chania, Greece

Photo Diary: Chania, Greece

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What do you think of when you think about Crete? A sandy island in the Med, feta filling plates and white washed villages?

That’s certainly what I had anticipated.

Instead of a sleepy paradise I found the vibrant colorful city of Chania, incredibly welcoming locals and the clearest water I’ve ever seen. Chania isn’t a typical vacation destination for English speakers but from what I found, it should be. Prices are reasonable, there’s classic Mediterranean weather and cuisine, and a seemingly endless web of picturesque alleys. My visit was separated over the course of multiple evenings but I still managed to take hundreds of pictures, peeking at blue hour – I couldn’t help myself! I adapted to an awkward walk: one step, click, two steps, click click, making me not the most delightful person to join on a city stroll.

So, tell me, think you’d want to pay this place a visit?!

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This week I’ll be in Italy with Dan and my in-laws and I’m over-the-moon excited! We’re staying in Positano for a few days then moving on to Rome. I’ve been to both before but only for a few fleeting to-do list oriented hours. This is actually Dan and my first slow paced week long vacation in almost two years! Without a packed schedule, my goal is to catch some sun, eat gelato and finish reading Bold (yep, I’m a weirdo who loves non-fiction).

If you have any recommendations for Amalfi Coast or Rome, lemmeknow! 😀

Lastly, I made a switch on Instagram recently from @overseasescape to @margo.paige – I just wanted to identify myself as a real live gal behind the ‘gram versus some travel magazine or company. I feel better about it too! Follow along with my Italian vacay over here. 😉


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  • Chania looks so beautiful. I absolutely love Greece and have to make it back there one day. Have a great time on your trip!

    • thanks, dear! I definitely had a great time! 😀

  • These photos are so incredibly beautiful, wow! 🙂
    I’ve never really thought that much about visiting Greece before but this article was very persuasive… Chania looks fantastic 🙂 X

    • Thanks, Lucy! I’m posting about Santorini in a few days too… that should definitely do the trick in giving you the Greece bug. 😉

  • This place looks AMAZING! Your photos are stunning. I have to get to Greece one day.

    • I think so too! The best part is that the food is just as impressive as the beaches. 😀

  • Greece has been on my Top 5 list of places I want to go to for a while now. Until I can get there I will just have to lust over these pictures!

    • ha, go for it Dani! What are the other 4 on your top 5 list? 🙂

  • Chania is my favourite place in Greece. If you have time in Positano I recommend going up to Montepertuso and either have cooking class or meal at Il Ritrovo. The staff there will treat you like family

    • Thanks so much for this suggestion Kristina! I went as far to call and try to make an reservation to get up there but it just didn’t work out with our availability. Next time though, right? 🙂

  • Mar

    Gorgeous photos! That water looks so inviting.

    • Agreed. So I actually didn’t get a chance to swim but did spend a fair amount of time commenting repeatedly how clear the water was! Dan was like “okay, I get it! I know it’s crystal clear!” ha..

  • emi

    umm YES sounds good to me! thanks for the tip!


    • wonderful! see you there then! 😀

  • Eleftheria

    My hometown!!!!!!!!! <3
    Chania has many beautiful beaches and vilages worth visiting!!!!!

    • oh wonderful! I hope I did your pretty city justice! ;D

  • Julia

    Oh wow these photos are just…wow!! Showing me all of these amazing less tourist filled places, and now I want to visit them all 😀


    • woohoo, and you totally should! ;D

  • The slow pace

    Hi Margo! Lovely pictures of Chania! Have fun in the Amalfi Coast, we spent there our honeymoon so it’s a place very close to our hearts. I loved Ravello, it was my favourite little village. The views are the best! Have something sweet at Andrea Pansa, the tiramisu and the lemon sponge cake are to die for.
    And in Rome, there is a little trattoria in Piazza Trilusa that has the best atmosphere!
    Oh, you are going to hav a wonderful time!!!

    • thanks so much dear! I had a really great trip but am happy to be home! Rome is quite the place, isn’t it? Shame on me for not making it to any of your recommendations! A reason to go back though, right?

  • Elizabeth

    ROME! Eating tour MUST DO! We did the Twilight in Travestere; To date, after 21 countries and countless cities, it is by far, the greatest “thing’ my husband and I have done. {Think, drinking wine in a cellar built in 32BC} It is amazing!

    • thanks SO much for this recommendation. per your tip, I DID go on the tour and loved it! Thank you!

  • The wisteria!!! Give me all the Wisteria.

    • ha, it’s YOURS! allll of it! 😀

  • We loved our time on the Amalfi Coast last year. We stayed in Praiano which isn’t too far from Positano. It was great for day trips. The cruise to Capri is beautiful but found the island itself super touristy. We didn’t bother going into the Blue Grotto… seemed quite gimicky and over priced but we have friends who did it and of course it is beautiful so just depends what you’re willing to pay for. We really enjoyed Marina del Cantone – a little quieter, nice rocky beach. In Praiano, we ate overlooking the water at sunset at Tramonto d’Oro Restaurant – food and service was excellent. Enjoy!!

    • thanks for the tips Lillian! I actually did make it to Priano so we could start our Walk of the Gods hike, which was amazing. I agree with you whole heartedly on Capri, it was wayyy to touristy for my liking.

  • These photos are stunning, just added Chania to my travel bucketlist. Love the architecture of the buildings and all the outdoors spots to eat 🙂

    • dining al fresco is definitely my favvvvorite thing to do in the world – sans mosquitos and rain, ha. you should absolutely go to chania, I’m sure you’d adore it as much as I did!

  • this is just totally unreal. i’m totally with you — i wouldn’t have been able to take more than half a step without snapping 8,000 photos either! and all those tables along the water… deepenvioussigh. 😉

    i looooved amalfi and for a while was even planning my wedding there (now moved to umbria!). my post is here:

    have a great trip!!

    • oh my! a wedding in amalfi?! how dreamy! I haven’t been to umbria yet but I’m sure that’s going to be just as wonderful. your post about positano is the cutest! definitely looking forward to following along! ;D

  • Wow no wonder you were constantly snapping! It’s absolutely beautiful! 🙂

    • ha! seriously! I loved how exotic the city felt, the less touristy the better for me! 😀

  • Stunning photography as usual. And it really draws you in. Those sunset kissed beaches are a great sight for sore eyes (especially now when there is rain here in Mostar) 🙂
    Have a great stay!

    Mersad Donko Photography

    • as always, thanks for the kind words Mersad! if you ever have any constructive criticism feel free to pass it along too! I’d love to learn as much as I can from you! 🙂

  • that shot with the bird taking off over the water – perfection! I’ve never been to any of these places so I’m loving that I can see them through your lens 🙂

    • thanks, dear! I definitely got a little lucky with that bird shot… granted I stood there for 10 minutes waiting for him to take flight but still, I’m glad how it turned out! 🙂

  • These photos are so dreamy 🙂 I was truly surprised by how much Chania charmed me! The colors were so breathtaking. This post makes me want to go back so badly!!

    • me too! I was definitely anticipating something far more rough around the edges, instead the town felt so vibrant and alive. I loved it!

  • Wow! What a place. Add that to my list of future destinations!!

    • perfect, that’s exactly what I wanted to hear! ;D

  • Greece is such a wonderful place to visit. I’ll have to add Chania to my list of other places in Greece I’d like to see!

  • Lovely photos. Almost planned not to go to Crete, tsk tsk!