Trips in 2014: Parga, part 2/3.

Day 3.

On our third day in Parga we walked downtown after breakfast. We didn't have any specific plans so when we stumbled across a ticket both selling tickets for the tourist train to the Castle of Ali Pasha we knew that was where we would be going. The previous evening we'd seen the castle in the distance from the Castle of Parga. Never did we think we'd actually get the opportunity to head up there, given how far away it looked, let alone that we'd travel up the steep hills leading there in a little tourist train. I have to admit I was a bit sceptical, but the train climbed the hills slowly but steadily and on the way we passed through lush olive groves as well as the little village of Anthousa. From the castle we had the most incredibly view of the Parga, the Ionian Sea and both Corfu and the Paxos Islands. Due to the heathaze my photos don't really convey how stunning it was, but I think you can get an idea. The castle itself was interesting to explore too, and definitely worth the journey. As we stood there at about 1,000 metres above sea level we couldn't help but laugh at ourselves the previous night, thinking we were so high up when we climbed up to the Castle of Parga. Parga was just a speck in the distance, far below were we stood.

When we returned to Parga we went out for dinner, accompanied by some traditional Greek beverages. The dessert was a given, just one of maany times we visited the frozen yoghurt place during our week in Parga :)

Day 4.

The next day we took a boat to the nearby Lichnos Beach. You could actually walk to Lichnos Beach from central Parga, but seeing that it involved climbing a high hill and would have taken 45 minutes in the stifling heat we much preferred to take a boat. It also meant we got to see Parga from the sea:

Once we got to the beach we rented us some beach chairs and stayed there until the late afternoon.

I had my first Greek salad for lunch at a nearby restaurant. A cute kitty kept us company for a bit, one of many stray cats we saw during our trip.

Once we got back to Parga we rested at the hotel for a while before heading downtown again. Some boat must have dropped some of its cargo of lemons because the beach in central Parga was filled with them :)

After we'd had a bite to eat we went up to the Castle of Parga again. We got there a bit earlier this time so I was able to take some more photos before it got too dark. In the first photo you can see the restaurant where we had dinner the next day, but more on that in my next entry :)

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