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Photographer's Note

Lately, I have forgotten my "dark" or "vampire" side and I don't post nightshots as often as i did before. So, for old times' sake, a nightshot from the beautiful old harbour of Hania.

The buildings you see here are the Neoria (Venetian Shipyards) that were constructed, around the end of 16th century, during the last period of the Venetian ocupation of Crete. They are among the trademarks of this magnificent town (my favorite among greek cities and town, need to say it again?).

The workers of the shipyards and the harbour in general, in Hania had created a language of their own so they could understand each other without letting their bosses know what they were talking about. The "trick" was that they put in every syllable the vowels before the consonants. For example, when they wanted to say "kalimera" (good morning), they said "akilemar" (ugd omirng). This may sound simple, but imagine it in a whole sentence! The "language" was called "Kolombitika" and there are still some people in Hania that speak it very fastly, in a way that you 'll never get a clew about what they 're saying.

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Additional Photos by Hercules Milas (Cretense) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5327 W: 74 N: 16998] (68709)
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