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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 ...
... me back to their home for coffee and more sweets. I passed on the invite. Instead, I returned to my room in order to take two aspirins; I felt a horrible cold coming on.
Anyways, I didn't want to miss the screening of a new film at the town hall this evening. It documented the current ascendancy of Golden Dawn, a neo-Nazi political party, who deny the Holocaust occurred. It was directed ala “Ken Burns” style. The film’s narrator confronts ...
... the road was covered in sand/rocks from the recent storms.
Finally I stopped at one of the many wonderful coffee shops along the way and had my usual Greek coffee.
While riding along this great road and most other roads in Greece I could not help but notice loads of small standing castles/houses with a cross on top. These little items were like some kind of grave or some kind of memorial and were found anywhere and everywhere along the road. Some were well kept ...
... 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 ...
... went to photograph a small monastery nearer to lake level. To most of the locals, the area was a beach used on a Sunday afternoon. We were off at 1335.
We were 96k from Bitola but had things to do on winding roads. Daniela will not be with us tonight. Got an overview of tomorrow, passport day heading to Greece. Bit dozey which I will attribute to the beer.
We climbed for a half hour for a view of the lake. This narrow road was not meant for bus ...