Trip Start Jun 29, 2005
235Trip End Nov 30, 2009
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I hope you are enjoying (or have enjoyed) what is no doubt a well deserved long weekend.
Anyway, just a quickie from the small and mellow island of Paros which is pretty well due north of Santorini. I wasn't going to bother with an entry here because it rained and I only stayed a night before heading onwards to Athens, but Paros does have a distinct architectural and stone-working style that dad will appreciate and a couple of unusual features worth mentioning in the main town of Parikia.
So why not a few lines and I'll leave it to someone else to explore the rest of the island.
The old town of Parikia is pretty well all white except for the blue trimmings on most woodworking. Pretty cute with a nautical feel. However it was the paving that I enjoyed the most as it reminds me of the sandstone decking at home that dad and I (well, mainly dad to be honest) have worked on for so long. It didn't cause home-sickness but it certainly brought back fond memories. Miss you and have fun with Ains home for holidays guys!
The main feature in town is a Frankish Castle built by a Venetian duke in 1260 AD. As you can see he helped himself to all the ancient buildings standing on the site (some dating from the 5th century BC) and built his very own fort from them. The result looks just like a giant and very complicated Jenga game.
Around the small bay there is also an ancient cemetery that has been mostly excavated. Marble sarcophagi, cist and tiled roof graves have been found and date from the geometric period (cool name - 8th century BC) to the late Roman period (3rd century AD), which is quite a spread and a lot of bodies to fit in a small area if you think about it.
On that note, I'll leave you to your chocolate. Enjoy.
Next entry -> somewhere on the Grecian mainland
Compliments of Penny S.