You most likely never heard of a Greek city called Parga, most definitely not of Ioannina, both cities located in the northwestern part of Greece, not particular touristic. The second city had been my home for at least 5 years as I have conducted my bachelor and master studies in Ioannina. In summer myself and Erasmus friends would drive to Parga for beach holidays and much needed relaxation of the exam season. I have so many amazing memories from the place, you can’t possibly imagine. Greece is a beautiful country and holds a dear place in my heart, especially those two cities. Back in the day I would passionately bake under the scorching Mediterranean sun and listen to my friends tales about their home countries, job opportunities culture and much more. Dreaming and wanting something so much better than you have is something we are unfortunately not taught at school. Dreaming I did, while sipping on an ice-cold freddo cappuccino, of visiting other countries, grasping the point of view of another culture and make a living out of the field I have studied. Goodness this post wasn’t meant to become so very personal but memories have woven themselves into my brain while looking at these pictures.
A company of 4, my brother, mother and M we drove from Albania to Greece one day to discover Parga, 2 hours road trip. One day is enough to walk the small town, ferries embark daily on Parga and sail the tourists on smaller boats on the shores. It can get particular crowded in touristic season but at the beginning of June it was fairly empty, perfect for our taste.
I was wearing
Park Lane Nude Bow flats IN SALE (here)
Zara cropped top (here)
After refreshments, freddo cappuccino and ice-cream we took off walking the narrow roads, the local touristic shops and admiring the colorful picturesque and breathtaking views of the nature surrounding the town.
Next we walked up to the hill to the ruins of a Venetian castle to have a better look of the bay and the city. The temperatures had been extremely high, my make-up melted off but how could I complain when such a view greeted us below.
My mother and brother wanted to refresh in the sea and take some rest in the shadows but we were restless to walk and discover some more.
We found these gigantic, gorgeous bougainvillea on the way, with the post vibrant colors. I have no words how beautiful it had been in person.
Some more bougainvilleas served as shadows during our lunchtime.
One tends to believe when close to the sea, not much is needed and a quote from the movie Zorbas the Greek frequents my mind when the above sight meets my eyes: “I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.” I wonder if the inhabitants of Parga feel the same or if they are bothered with mundane matters like the rest of the world.
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