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We are on the Akti Kanari, in Chania, Crete, where the hotel “Xenia" of the city used to be.

The specific hotels were part of the nationwide tourism development program which had been implemented from 1953 to 1967, under the supervision of the Hellenic Tourism Organisation (E.O.T.). However, in the late 80's the ambitious project was abandoned, which resulted in the decline of the "Xenia" hotels, most of which survive-half-destroyed-to this day.

The "Xenia" of Chania was built in 1970 in the western moat of the Venetian walls, in the San Salvatore bastion. The fact that it was built on an archeological site justifies the absence of reactions against the decision to demolish it in 2006.

We are on Kanari Street, below the hotel, which runs between the coast and the Venetian walls. The camera follows the course of a horse-drawn carriage with a white horse, while on the sidewalk, the locals take a walk.

Then, we move to the east side of the city of Chania, on Profiti Ilia Street, where we see the sign of the hotel "Akrotiri", which still exists today. Afterwards, we see a shot from the pool area of ​​"Xenia" where we watch the vacationers, the blue chairs and the showers.

Then, the filmmaker shows us a building of special architecture style, at the junction of Akti Kanari and Chrysostomou Smyrni streets, next to the hotel.

Lastly, a second horse-drawn carriage, that carries an elderly couple, is on its way to the Kanari coast.


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Chatzidakis Georgios

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