Watching the Cretans Below From the Amphora Hotel in Chania, Greece
Don’t be fooled by the inland entrance in the Old Town section of Chania. Some of the Spartan rooms at the unassuming Amphora Hotel hang right over the harbor, here in the second-biggest city on the Greek island of Crete. Follow the sounds of the loud laughs and clinking dishes drifting up from below, and step out the French doors. On the balcony you have a modern Juliet moment, an impression that’s only reinforced by the sheer drapes on the four-poster bed behind you. The comparison isn’t so many miles off: Juliet was from Verona, and this 14th-century building, like the lighthouse and so many others in the Old Town section, still bears the influence of an era of Venetian rule.