Today I start posting photos from my quick autumnal trip to Paros. The starting point is Naoussa, with its beautiful old fishing port.
The colors are clear, almost intense, the nets are covered, the weather outside is rough. The white wall on the right is Agios Nikolaos’.
A lazy day for the fishing boats, the weather is very windy. The ruined fortress is testimony to the past of the island, when pirates were attacking and the locals were defending.
The inevitable reminder of the link with the Ottoman Empire (Soultana is the name of the boat, and it is derived from the word Sultan, the Ruler, the Emperor in the Ottoman days – Soultana or Sultana is the daughter, or sister of the Ruler – the Queen Mother, ie the Sultan’s mother was called “Valide Sultan”as for the “wife” she had no name, as it were the harem, not a single woman giving the delights to the ruler. The unknown harem meber became a woman with a name only when she gave birth to a Sultan).
Agios Nikolaos’ belfry. This could be the definite post card from Greece. It has the colors, it has the flag, it has the religious symbol, it has the subliminal simplicity and clarity of the Aegean light.
Gone are the fiery summer colors. The port is resting. I like it like this. It is more human.
Gone are the crowds and the chairs. The space has cleared and the simple white structure rests on its own. As it should.
Very few people are around, all of them tourists. The locals have no reason to come to the old fishing port.
Spaace has been transformed. Everything has now its own space to breath.
Little Venice (Zourio) in glorious clouds.
There are more seagulls than people.
With this tranquil image I end the “Naoussa” post. More posts will follow on the village of Lefkes, the “capital” Paroikia and a selection of other spots on the island.