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Today - Sunday - is my last day in Lechovo. It was a long day. Church began at 7:15 a.m. and finished at 10:45 a.m. I'll spare you the details. Suffice to know that my role during the Divine Liturgy was maximized as the rubrics permitted.
After another wonderful lunch and needed nap, I was given a private tour of Lechovo’s museum by the mayor and vice-regent of the "county." It’s a collection of local artifacts ...
... where "a Pappas" returned to his rightful place and serve the village. It was a moving moment and it even wasn’t 7:00 a.m. yet.
The priest, bubbly as before, embraced me with another warm welcome. We discuss “rubric strategy” on how the service is to be conducted. He provides me a place in honor at the altar and the service begins and lasts for hours. More on this later. At the conclusion of the service, the priest introduces me to ...
... again I hardly passed a single car the whole way.
On many of the roads in Greece I have seen many little lizards laying on the warm tarred area of the road and have tried my best to avoid them. However today while heading down one of these great passes I noticed a rather larger than normal lizard laying in the road and just had to go back and investigate.
This animal was about 150 mm in length and simply sat there stearin at me as I parked up. I got the camera out ...
In this northwestern corner of Greece, the roads approach to within a couple of kilometres of both Albania and the Macedonian Republic, but there is no access to either country. The point at which the three countries meet is in the middle of Lake Prespa Major. The area has the back-of-beyond feeling that always appeals to me.
The main population centre in Greece is the historic but very small village of Agios Germanos. We stayed at the Varmous Hotel ...
... The salad plate was huge, eating perhaps two thirds of it. Chrome Dome complained at one point on the Albania trip Daniela told him if he was late he would be left behind. He took it as if she meant it! He said it was an issue if people were 20M late. I suggested 5M late was an issue on a group trip.
The chicken soup was nice. The main was like a beef cutlet with mushrooms in a strong sauce. The dessert was a fudge with nuts with a heavy, icky chocolate ...