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... pride. A shoemaker’s tools stood alongside a yarn weaver next to a 1620 icon of the Virgin Mary next to church books from 1790 next to an 1835 chalice next to an undated stone field marker next to pistols & rifles used to fight the Ottomans. No rhyme or reason but wonderful.
We then proceeded to their public library. Rather, it’s a collection of donated books: an outdated set of Britannica encyclopedia & ...
... unison, they could fix it. I have to blow into squeezed fists to warm my hands so I can fumble through my suitcase to locate those vestments and books needed to conduct services. Success! I’m packed and I begin my walk up to St. Demetrios. It’s quiet, very quiet - the silence is deafening.
Entering into the Narthex, I light a small bee-wax candle and gather my thoughts. A member of the parish counsel greets me and points to the photo of my ...
... right high up on the edge of a mighty high mountain pass. The views from up here were fantastic.
Over the other side of the pass was a fantastic road heading up the edge of a mountain and i had ideas of taking that road instead of the normal road. However this road appeared to be across the border and in Albania so there was no ways I was going that route.
The road down this pass was magical and as the sun was up it was totally dry and so was great fun. At the bottom ...
... breakfast, friendly owner). There are a couple of restaurants in the village. We had a nice meal (I recommend the famous local giant beans) with beer for €15 and they tried to give us free dessert. We were lucky to find the small church open; it is about a thousand years old and the interior is completely covered in paintings. The tourist office in the village is very helpful.
In Lake Prespa Minor, Agios Achillos Island is accessible only by boat or ...
... was expectedly somewhat hazy, lacking in context the further away you tried to photograph. Some of the winding roads below would have been better photo ops. Not the best 10M of the trip. We stopped shortly thereafter for another vista; same issue. On the road by 1440.
We evidently descended more quickly, hitting a larger road by 1500, toward Resen. Some gaps in memory could be equated with nodding off. Little towns like Bela Crkva were farming country, ...