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DAY 51 – May 2, 2015
ITEA / DELPHI
Another case of location, location, location.
Itea is small resort city with a pleasant waterfront area but only 'pebble' beaches ... but the backdrop is spectacular. Snow-capped mountains and villages clinging to the sides of those mountains .... and one of them is Delphi.
When you first arrive in Delphi you think you arriving in an Alpine ski village.
Then it's on ...
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 ...
... and a massive collective gasp erupts followed by a short applause. Everyone knows the story of ethnic-martyrdom; it’s their story and their folklore and not mine. I wiped away my tears before I lifted up my head.
Update: the heat is back and the room is getting warmer. The furnace cut-off when it ran out of fuel. There’s no reason to fill a tank to warm a guesthouse when there are no guests. Lechovo is not a tourist magnet and Greece’s ...
... with gold, expensive perfumes in bottles would be put into the outer chamber along with armour, weapons and sacrificed animal bones for the men and jewellery and perfumes for the women. All of these things are on display. We were very impressed with the museum. We drove to the archeological site and even though it was pouring with rain we explored the ruins. The agora was very impressive maybe 40 or so workshops and shops all in one wide street, they measured about 12x9 feet. The ...
Today was the first of a couple of trips I'll be making to archaeological sites in the vicinity of Thessaloniki. I spent the day at the site of modern-day Vergina (ancient Aigai), which was once the capital of the Macedonian kingdom and continued to serve as the royal burial grounds even after the capital was moved. The Macedonian dynasty was the stock from which Alexander the Great was descended, and the royal necropolis that was discovered ...