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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 ...
... torched villages, forced marches, public beatings, rape - the film went on and on for 90 minutes. Brutality reigned. At the conclusion of the film, two college Lechovo students spoke about their experiences as ambassadors of good faith to Germany during the past year and how two German students came to Lechovo to learn about their country’s horrific conduct. The event was sponsored by the village town council.
And, that’s how my second day in Lechovo ...
... towards me.
They looked quite harmless and normal but it still made me shiver. They crossed the road and headed off into the bush so I suspect they were hunters or even security on the border. After that I saw a number of orange vest guards at the edge of the road with guns and so I presume they were border patrol.
This great road followed a magical river canyon for mile after mile. The mountains around here are a kind of sandstone and so wash away easily and so ...
... footbridge. The Panagias Porfiras Monastery at the farther end was closed by a chain, but Frances had no trouble getting in, while I hid in the weeds and then joined her inside. Not well preserved, but atmospheric and worth breaking into.
Heading on toward Psarades, the stand of ancient junipers at the top of the hill was worth a stop. Psarades was the only spot that managed to feel touristy, even without tourists. Several local gentlemen vied to take us onto ...
... shade causing a cooler temperature.
We ate lunch on a moored floating platform at the Restaurant Ostrovo. Had a Macedonian salad [cukes, tomatoes, onions and peppers] and a Skopska beer ; have just 75 denars left. Discussion about Greek refreshments, Kindles and Ian's love of trains consumed the time. Had to chuckle when the English said chips/french fries with a fried egg was a good combo.
The ungodly sum of 35M was allotted for souvenir ...