Photographer's Note

In the foreground of this picture, you can see a fragment of the outdoor exhibition of the Maritime Museum of Crete, located along the Venetian Harbour in Chania. Further behind you see one of the lovely little streets which you can explore off the harbour.

I spent in Chania town half a day, which was again not enough for my photographic appetite. I did not manage to get there in the evening neither. When I am alone and have more time, I can explore more little streets and search for great points of view and creative angles. By doing that of course you risk that some of the places will require a lot of walking on the very hot day sometimes for nothing. This is not something what my daughter would enjoy. For her the fact that we have left the amazing pool next to the hotel was already a crime and even walking the picturesque Venetian Harbour required a lot of motivation with ice cream or by browsing shops. I do enjoy an ice cream myself as well and I have to admit I bought a great photo album on Crete in one of those shops, but I would simply love to get lost in those little streets for a bit longer… However, in the end I am happy I could enjoy this wonderful place with my family. I remember times when I visited other beautiful places by myself. It was a very strange feeling, I really wanted to have someone with me to share the moment and simply to be able to say: “Don’t you think this is beautiful!” So even though it costs more and requires difficult compromises, I really enjoy traveling with someone I love by my side.

It reminds me a period of my life when I was depressed. My wife to cheer me up bought me a book titled “How to be happier?” I started to read it and in the very introduction the author wrote something like: It is easy to become happy, but you must be absolutely sure that this is what you want. Your happiness must be more important to you than people you love, your career, your health etc… After this introduction I did not read further. Yes, I know how to focus on short term pleasures but giving up something may give you more happiness and deeper fulfilment. I suppose it depends on your priorities.

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