Time Stands Still – Parga, Greece
Castle of Parga
This village dates back to the 14th century. And for many years this hamlet was wrestled back and forth between the Venetians and the Ottoman Turks until their final independence in 1913. Today, the village still captures a timeless essence. I was visiting in October past the high-season, yet still a perfect sun drenched day.
A serendipitous encounter with octogenarian Petros at the Castle of Parga confirmed the intimate and relaxed vibe of Parga. Looking sharp in a grey blazer and neat cap, he shared with me his secrets to his long life. While being married for over 50 years, he insisted that “regular flirting” and nightly Ouzo kept him young. If you tire of discovering the 100 plus churches, you can take advantage of the many beaches. Azure oceans creep over fine white sands, while green forests highlight the surroundings. At the end of a busy day of exploring the village, it is time to bed down for the night. I can strongly recommend Salvator Villas and Spa Hotel. The hotel is owned and operated by the Zigouris brothers (all five of them!). They have over a 100 year history in the hospitality industry. This hotel perched high on a hill overlooking the sea truly provides a family/friend experience. I was treated to a spectacular 5 course meal. I retreated to my spacious and pastel green room to rest up for the next day of exploring Parga. Check them out.Article and pictures by Ric Gazarian www.globalgaz.com