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Parga,a closer view

Parga,a closer view
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Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13703 W: 295 N: 27291] (109601)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-08-07
Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4mm L IS USM, HOYA Pro1 Digital 77mm MC UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kanali
Date Submitted: 2014-08-12 22:46
Viewed: 6444
Points: 138
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Early in the morning about 09:00 making a stroll in the narrow alleys of the town,just before a daily cruise to Paxoi and Antipaxoi islands.

You can see here a larger version of the photo.

Castle of Parga

The Castle is found on the top of a hill overlooking the town and was used to protect the town from the mainland and the sea. It was initially built in the 11th century by the residents of Parga to protect their town from the pirates and the Turks. In the 13th century, as their control of the region increased, the Venetians rebuilt the castle to fortify the area. In 1452, Parga and the castle was occupied by the Ottomans for two years during which time part of the castle was demolished.. 1537, Ottoman admiral Hayreddin Barbarossa burnt and destroyed the fortress and the houses within.

Before the reconstruction of the castle in 1572 by Venetians, the Turkish demolished it once again. The Venetians rebuilt for third and last time a perfect strong fortress that stayed impregnable until 1819, despite the attacks especially of Ali Pasa of Ioannina, who besieges them from the castle of Agia-Anthousa. Venetians created a perfect defence plan, which in combination with the natural fortification made the fortress. Outside the castle, eight towers placed in different positions completed the defence. Inside the narrow space of citadel there were 400 houses, located in a way so that they occupied only a little room, far away from the seaside. On this castle the free-besieged population of Parga and Souli fought epic battles and kept their freedom for centuries. From the faucet “Kremasma” the tanks of the castle and the houses were provided with water. The castle for its provision used the two bays: of Valtos and Pogonia. When Parga was sold to the Ottomans, Ali Pasha enhanced it even more and put on its top its harem and its Turkish bath, improving radically the rooms of the castle. On the arched gate of entrance, on the wall, you can see the winged lion of Agios Markos, the name “ANTONIO BERVASS 1764”, emblems of Ali Pasha, two-headed eagles and relative inscriptions. Archways, gun emplacement rooms, supplies lodges, strong bastions with gun safe boxes, safe boxes of small arms, secret passage to the sea, barracks, jails, warehouses and two block-houses at the last defense line: prove the perfection of the defense plan, which along with the natural fortification made the fortress unconquered.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10134 W: 144 N: 25354] (123461)
  • [2014-08-12 23:03]

hello Danos,
Wow, how a marvelous place and the picture. Full of colours and flowers. Superb picture, very nicely composed. I would like to be there at once :).

WArm regrads Malgo

Hi Danos,
Beautiful view taken during a lovely sunny day, perfect for colors, well framed with this Fg, beautiful colored facades too, tfs.

Dobar dan.
Interesantan tekst o Castle of Parga sa istorijom i opisom, lep pogled ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepe boje.
Lepo cvece, moderna i stara arhitektura.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.

Good afternoon.
An interesting article on the Castle of Parga with a history and description, nice view ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, well shown.
Good work and composition, beautiful colors.
Nice flowers, modern and old architecture.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.

Good morning, Danos,
The grey old walls of the castle are gorgeous, no doubt, but the flowers (and the colorful houses) make this composition more picturesque. It could be good postcard from Parga. Well done!

Hello dear friend and have a
pleasant new summer day
I red your useful notes a bout Castle of Parga
found on the top of a hill overlloking the town
nice place to walk or to pass summer holidays
the close up of the colorful plants draw
our eyes directly to them
the beauty here is the chosen poi t of view
showing all the details with the deepest
blue od the sea dominating the photo

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6077 W: 277 N: 11720] (90417)
  • [2014-08-13 0:43]

Hello Danos ,
good idea to show us this closer view of tyhe so picturesque and charming village . The colorful pots provide a superb VG to the scene .

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11759 W: 126 N: 21148] (108889)
  • [2014-08-13 1:23]

Hi Danos,a second magnificent view of the greek Portofino,truly nice with this big hill in background and the colorful facades,i like the perspective and the usual top quality of detail and exposure! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Danos
piacevole composizione, i colori dei vasi in primo piano si sommano alle facciate dello sfondo, rendendo la foto più accattivante.
Mare e cielo completano la foto splendidamente e gli spazi sono ben equilibrati.
Buona giornata

Καλημέρα Δάνο,
ένα πανέμορφο παραθαλλάσιο σκηνικό, θαυμάσια παρουσίαση της γενικής άποψης αλλά και των γοητευτικών λεπτομερειών. Μου αρέσει πάρα πολύ η χάρη που δίνει στη σύνθεσή σου η προοπτική και το πόσο αρμονικά συνδέονται όλα τα στοιχεία μεταξύ τους. Ωραία αίσθηση του χώρου και πολύ καλή η ένταξη των σκιών. Το φως δίνει εξαιρετική ατμόσφαιρα και τα χρώματα είναι απολαυστικά, δεν χορταίνεις να τα κοιτάς. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλή σου μέρα,

Hello Danos,

Who could resist this beautiful place that you have shown us! The nicely angled sea wall is festooned with flowers, leading us naturally to the houses, climbing up the hillside and equally colourful. The blue sea invites us like a magnet to metal!
Greece at its best is unparalleled.
I love it!

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9146 W: 57 N: 15351] (56890)
  • [2014-08-13 2:34]

Hello Danos,
Such a lovely view along the quayside towards the colourful houses of this town. The composition is really great and you had such a fine sunlight here as well. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Danos,
The composition of this shot is very good. The wall leads the eye into the scene nicely. The flowers in the foreground add nice points of interest. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness.

Cher ami Danos,
Voilà une bien belle composition où les fleurs prennent une place très intéressantes.
De plus, ce château médiéval surplombant la ville contribue à offrir une beauté toute particulière à l'ensemble.
Très bonne journée.

Ciao Danos, great view of lovely village, fantastic colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silviio

l love the peaceful atmosphere, the colourful houses, flowers here. The POV is superb.
This is a very attractive place from Greece.

Hello Danos,
A very nice and extremely colourful composition where the pots and plants fill the foreground elegantly. You have put them on a perfect diagonal that gives the view very good balance. This must be one of the prettiest towns in Greece.

Hello Danos,

This image is eye catching with it's saturated colors and very well constructed with the wall leading the eye to the village and the distance on the sea creating deepness. Light and sharpness are very good,

Best regards


Hi Danos,

The distance between the flower pots and the horizon is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details of the houses and of the cliff. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24410 W: 523 N: 40832] (175692)
  • [2014-08-13 4:59]

Hello Danos,

You chose a very well angle this cares for depth and perspective.
Real a place for make a good stroll along the quay.
Lovely in nature photographed, perfect clear and sharp.
Very well done, TFS.

Kind regards,

Hello Danos,

what a lovely scenery you have shared here. Very good composition, fine colors and clarity. Like this calm view very muchg.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9596 W: 157 N: 15500] (124107)
  • [2014-08-13 5:28]

Witaj Danos!
Nicely photo, curious view.
Beautiful castle.
I like it!
Good frame and colors.
Have a nice afternoon

Bonjour Danos,

Le regard suit naturellement les pots de fleurs multicolores vers le très beau village accrochés à la côte. Les couleurs sont merveilleuses ainsi que la lumière.



Hello Danos
a shot that has to be viewed large to appreciate the glorious colours and idyllic appeal of this beautiful Greek haven. An enticing POV that makes this image and place irresistible.

Regards - B.

Hello Dear Danos,

Your article is so informative as well as interesting. You selected a perfect position to capture this image. Color management and composition from top to bottom are quiet perfect. Well done.


best of all and thanks.

with warm regards,


What a charming sight managed to find and apply, Danos.
The bay looks even more attractive from near the water, that we saw from high POV on previous photo.
Flowers pots in red and blue, the boats and the colorful houses along the promenade, with the fortress atop the cliff - all culminate wonderfully.

Hello Danos, I like this great photo of this beautiful composition with the beautiful town, the sea and the mountains, very well captured in this beautiful and interesting image with good sharpness, depth, beautiful light, color and quality. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Good night and happy rest of the week.
All the best from southern Spain.

Hello Danos,
Another splendid and colourful presentation of the picturesque town.
The quay wall and the pots of plants and flowers make a nice foreground and add good depth to the picture.
Best regards, Paul

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3352 W: 0 N: 7681] (56005)
  • [2014-08-13 21:12]

Picturesque place and excellent photo, very well composed with flower in the FG and the castle on the high Cliff, compliments

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  • mirosu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1572 W: 0 N: 3418] (16313)
  • [2014-08-14 0:13]

Hi Danos,
Marvellous photo. The perfectly lit town houses are the main focal point of this photo. There is a great use of depth of field to hold the viewer in the foreground plants & rocks as well as the town houses and rocks in BG, and the excellent lighting conditions have allowed for very good color saturation. The overall impact is very strong.
Very well done.

Καλησπέρα Δάνο,
Οι πολύχρωμες γλάστρες όπως βλέπω δεσπόζουν σε κάθε γωνία της Ελλάδος. Η σύνθεσή σου έχει απίστευτα χρώματα και η θέση με τις γλάστρες δίνει βάθος στην εικόνα. Το φως λούζει τα πολύχρωμα σπίτια και το νερό όπως πάντα τραβάει το βλέμμα.
Καλό απόγευμα,

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2014-08-14 6:11]

Hello Danos,
very nice place and presentation. I like the composition, colors and contrast. Superb quality of photo.
Have a nice day.

Hi Danos
A nice image beneath that deep blue sky and your enterprising use of pov with that path and sweeping curve nicely lead the eyes in. A finely exposed shot on a bright beautiful day, clean and fresh with lovely colour combo just to hold the focus. I love the contrast with lots of interests to make it a joyful shot and to sum up the beautiful summer scene. Congrats.
Best regards

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3982 W: 2 N: 6702] (33232)
  • [2014-08-14 9:54]

Hello Danos,
Another, beautiful panorama of this village. Great composition, colour and presentation be superb. Beautiful job perfectly done. Very interesting notes.

Hola Danos

I envy you to discover and compose such good colorful photos as is this one
Good to put the flower at the front contrasting with the colorful houses at the back
Like to see with more detail the interesting old castle on top of the hill
Very well seen, congrats and regards

Enjoy Summmer

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2014-08-15 0:19]

Yassou Danos
Nice curve on the coast with a good point of view on the hill
Very good lights ambiance
Best regards

Hello Danos,
Very attractive shot of this little bay. Great picture! I love the colours, the composition and the point of view! Beautiful light!
best wishes,

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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2014-08-15 11:26]

Kalimera Danos,

It's another wonderful view of that charming place, with the wall and plants on the fg leading the eyes to the colouful houses and castle. The light, colours and sharpness are fabulous.

Regards, TFS, José.

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  • arnie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 0 N: 67] (1817)
  • [2014-08-15 12:34]

Hi Danos,
A great capture, the early bird has caught a lovely quiet Parga. Good POV.
Have a nice weekend.
Regards Arnie.

Hi Danos dear
Beautiful shot. Excellent lighting and colors. Clearly seen. Thanks for recording this nice picture

Hi Danos,
Great combination of different element makea an attractive composition all together.
The plants in front, the beautiful coloured houses with the trees on the rocks next to it and the endless blue see at the left side.
Groet Rob

Wonderful with these flowers in the foreground,
great view, great photo !

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4829 W: 629 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2014-08-16 4:48]

Geia sou Danos
That is the place I grew up..; I stayed there between 1960 and 1974 6 months every year, so I know every house in the village, the owner, and every rock in the castle, my favorite childhood playground....
Good colourful view and well taken POV.
Thanks for showing me the place i have not seen since long time!

Hi Danos!
Very beautiful colorful place!
Very attractive picture, with special regards to the chosen pov, composition and colors!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your Saturday,

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  • boa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 568 W: 2 N: 1442] (7899)
  • [2014-08-17 12:15]

Hi Danos,
could it be better than this? A beautiful and charming Greek village at the sea. Sun, a warm sea and tavernas, perfect! Excellent light and colors in this shot. Deep perspective with the help from flower pots and a wall, well done!

Have a nice evening/

Hi Danos,
Nice frame and ambiance.
Colours and sharpness very well managed,

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10507 W: 174 N: 17849] (79273)
  • [2014-08-17 15:23]


here we can recognize a closer view of the old fort. I liked the use of these vases and plants in the foreground. marvelous landscape and details.



Iassu Danos
Elpizo na ine kala :).. A ery interesting charming corner of wonderful Greece with great colors and amazing pOV and compo bravo

Δάνο γεια σου,
εξαιρετική η γωνία λήψης που διάλεξες με τις πολύχρωμες γλάστρες να είναι ένα όμορφο ντεκόρ για την φωτογραφία.Η προοπτική που δημιουργείται οδηγεί το βλέμμα του θεατή στο κάστρο όπως και τα πολύχρωμα σπίτια,

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3793] (14030)
  • [2014-08-18 17:00]

Hi Danos,

A closer, and even more colorful view along the harbor...this is gorgeous. Might even be difficult to leave for the cruise when there's this kind of ambiance and scenic beauty at your fingertips...but I'm sure there was just as much ahead of you on the trip. :) Great use of the foreground pots and plants to have immediate color impact and a smart angle taken to lead us towards the village in the near distance. Bright, crisp and calm, this is truly an ideal little spot. Enjoy the new day. All the best.

Friendly wishes,


Beautiful scene! I wouldn't mind living in one of those houses which has an awesome view of the sea. Good lighting control and sharp details. Well done, tfs.

Hi Danos.
In this more next view, we can admire the beauty of the population, extending down the hillside and overlooking the wooded hill the ramparts, I guess Castle, an ideal touch these pots in the foreground, linking her beauty to the deep blue sea .
An image to enjoy with its beautiful color, high brightness and perfect sharpness.
Very well done.
Have a happy day.
Best wishes.

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2689 W: 0 N: 3021] (20620)
  • [2014-08-19 7:58]

Geia sou Danos
I see half a circle of colourful feast for the eyes which fills with a fragrance of serenity this cute district of Parga clinging on the hill side.
The flowers pots add fascinating life by means of a 3D effect.
Se xereto.

Dear Danos,

The colours are vibrant, and i love the idea of capturing the row of flowers at the foreground. Very well selected POV and well captured.

TFS, May

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46937)
  • [2014-08-19 15:46]

Hi Danos!
A beautiful place! I like your pov and the wall forming a diagonal. The colourful houses and the flower pots really stand out. Great place to visit!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15448 W: 159 N: 26998] (141792)
  • [2014-08-20 8:00]

Hi Danos
Quelle image bien construite et si agréable a regarder, j'aime tout ce que je vois, en plus des couleurs et de la très belle lumière
Belle journée

Hi Danos,
what a beautiful spot. I like the colorful village it resembles the Ligurian towns. Great composition with the town squeezed between the hill and the promenade. I like the foreground with the repeated motif of the flower pots. There is so much light and color.
Excellent work,

Hallo Danos,
sehr schönes Foto, sehr gute Qualität, sehr guter Kommentar!
Viele Grüße

Hi Danos,
the mixture of the coloured flowerpots in foreground, the diagonal perspective of them, the houses of the village with its nice colors, and the blue of the sky and of the sea, create a composition with a great aesthetical quality.
You've caught all the beauty of such a bucolic place.
Well done, my friend.
Best regards,

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2014-08-26 22:24]

Hello Danos
I like the way you captured...with the flower pots in the FG creating a good perspective. We get a good view of the houses nestled on the hill slopes, with their fine colors. A lovely postcard indeed!

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  • Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • [2014-09-04 18:19]

Hello Dano,

Beautiful photo with excellent quality and lovely composition. The setting is like a little paradise village along eh sea with bright and warm sun shine. A please to be. I just wish I can hope on the plane and be there :)


Hello Danos,
Excellent POV on the colorful village with splendid light. Nice the foreground with flower pots and beautiful reflections on the sea. I like it!
Best regards.

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  • Kielia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • [2014-09-23 8:00]

Hi Danos,
I remember this wonderful village from your previous posts here. Now you are presenting another fantastic impression. The composition is really successful and light and colors make the image attractive. My compliments!
Warm regards,

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2014-09-30 20:00]

Dear Danos
image taken from a right point . therefore super perspective. potted flowers, the colors of the house and of course I really liked the sea. congratulations.
friendly Regards

Nice picture highlighting Parga castle Danos, good inclusion of the riprap and the flower in pots to add more vivid hues, colorful houses, high definition

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  • fds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 664 W: 0 N: 1616] (9637)
  • [2014-10-19 0:38]

Dear friend Danos i licke very much this picture in front of the fanatastic sea with the flowers in the foreground and the village in the background
great colors and light

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  • V4S Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 52] (536)
  • [2014-11-23 3:09]

Hello Danos,

An attractive photo of Parga, the colors of
the flower pots come back in the houses,


1000X1000 villaggi e piccoli porticcioli. Una delizia per turisti in cerca di relax tra gli abitanti e pescatori. Colazione e piccole/grandi attenzioni e sorrisi.

Hello Danos,
What a charming little village. It has quite a history, too. The colorful pots pointing to the colorful houses are cute.

Greetings Danos,

You have lifted this shot above the level of a good, technical postcard to a real work of art. The composition is ideal, and I love the echoing of he bright colour on the buildings in the foreground plant-pots. Nice work, Iain.

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